Nightlife in Barcelona is stronger on night clubs than live music, and there's a lot to choose from every night. It's said that the weekend starts on Thursday here in Barcelona, or even on a Wednesday for the serious party animals… and as far as the city’s clubbing agenda is concerned there’s plenty going throughout the week and weekend.
Barcelona currently has a particularly strong house and electro scene, which is reflected by the number of clubs that serve up all flavours of dance. This is in part thanks to the mighty Sonar festival, and the city’s reputation as the creative capital of Southern Europe. Every other person in this city seems to be a DJ, although it’s hard for those outside the established circles to get their hands on the decks.
There is a good variety of clubs and music styles on offer here. Rock and metal fans, and hip hop and indie kids will find their niche. There are plenty of Latin clubs with salsa, meringue, samba and other funky beats. As well as regular weekly club nights, Barcelona is firmly on the global agenda and attracts a lot of big name live performers and DJs all year round.
Clubs and discotheques tend to open their doors between 11pm and 1am, although the dance floors are often empty until 1am or 2am. Look out for free entry passes to some of the biggest name clubs in the bars and shops around the city centre, or being handed out by PR girls and boys on the Ramblas at night. These passes allow free or discounted entry to nights that would otherwise set you back up to €18. When the clubs kick out at 5am, 6am, or 7am, there's always a ready crew flyering for the after parties where those that aren't yet ready to mix with the day crowd can continue larging it until the afternoon.
Barcelona’s club scene is divided into two distinct seasons: the summer, and the rest of the year. Summer clubs include outdoor terraces, some are on the beachfront or have a sea view, or even have a pool. From October onwards the action is focused on the dance floor.
A few of the clubs worth checking out are listed below, and you can also find a good monthly clubs listing section in the Barcelona Connect magazine.