Party Earth Review Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Las Ramblas is Plaça Reial, a charming square that captures the essence of daily life in Barcelona. An elegant fountain forms the centerpiece of this vibrant spot, where it’s... ... read full review
Barri Gòtic, Barcelona –
Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Las Ramblas is Plaça Reial, a charming square that captures the essence of daily life in Barcelona.
An elegant fountain forms the centerpiece of this vibrant spot, where it’s easy to see all the activity, watch the cosmopolitan mix of people come and go, or catch some impromptu street entertainment from the benches and chairs scattered under the palm trees.
Old-fashioned street lights (designed by Antoni Gaudí himself) throw a warm glow on the square at night when everyone’s thoughts turn to food and fiesta.
The palatial buildings surrounding the square give visitors a glimpse into the Barcelona of yesteryear, and bring them into the present with the myriad clubs, restaurants, cafés, and hotels that now occupy them.
This busy plaça is a great place to enjoy some tapas al fresco and the buzz of Barcelona life.
If you want to experience one of the square’s best-kept secrets, make your way to the Barcelona Pipa Club. Located in a converted residence, this unusual find is a Sherlock Holmes-themed tribute to pipes and pipe-smoking. It’s a cool hangout with a billiard room and a great mix of locals and savvy tourists. Showing up there is a bit like going to a private house party – there are no signs outside and you have to press a buzzer to get in. Look for it between the two entrances of the Glacier sandwich bar.
Mix of locals and tourists during the day, party crowd at night, 20s and 30s.
Home to a variety of clubs and bars. Check out a flamenco show at Tarantos, a rock concert at Sidecar Factory or the funky little clubs at Hotel Roma Reial and Club 13.
The area’s venues cover all musical tastes: alternative at Sidecar Factory, jazz and R&B at Jamboree, and commercial house and techno at Club 13 and Roma Reial.
Traditional cerveserias Alex and Tobogan are among the many places serving an array of tapas at reasonable prices.
For a more elegant and substantial meal, try Les Quinze Nits, whose entrée prices hover around €8, or the slightly more expensive Taxidermista next door. It’s worth booking a table in advance, especially during peak season.
Club cover charges €8+. Tapas €4+, dinner €15+, drinks €4+.
Depends on the venue, but dressier for the upscale restaurants and clubs.
Bustling all week, peaking on weekends.