A gem in the chic neighborhood of El Barri Gotic, Milk has established itself as one of the top nightlife destinations in the vibrant city. Stepping into this cocktail tavern is like taking a trip back in time to the English gentlemen's clubs of the 18th century. The entire seating room is decorated with a touch of antiquity, right from the gilded mirrors to the Middle-eastern accents. Locals usually come here to splurge and indulge, whether it is the eccentric cocktails and spirits or the contemporary local fare. The cocktail list has a range of vintage and new drinks; and the wine list explores reds, whites and the favored Cava. Surprisingly, the place gets filled up even post-dawn with those looking for hangover-cures and lazy brunches.
Barcelona with the students and the tourists has scores of nightclubs, pubs and bars that rock the night life. Harlem Jazz Club is one such place that attracts one and all. The locals frequent this place to enjoy the melange of music. Be it professional or an amateur, the crowd enthusiastically cheers the artists. Jazz, funk and blues groups, the variety of the genres of music played here is amazing. Though a very modest club, the extra-ordinary performances rock the house.
Moritz, the celebrated beer brand was established by Louis Moritz in 1856, a French immigrant to the country. Today its yellow trademark logo has stamped the cards of bars across the globe. As an extension of its long standing beer legacy, a trendy bar occupies the old microbrewery. Architect Jean Nouvel breathed new life into the historic Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona with an illuminated warm palette and exposed brick beams to call as decor. Indulge in organic and unpasteurized ales and lagers, best complimented with tapas and local specialties on offer. The ambiance is always buzzing with energy and retains its rustic charm.
Barcelona has a pretty happening nightlife, and Ginger is testament to that. This trendy and chic nightclub in the Barri Gòtic brings out pub crawlers from all over the city. The pub has two levels where you get some excellent cocktails and wines, with finger foods like foie gras, sausages and tapas to aid the drinking process. The regulars swear by the Pimms - a rare, traditional specialty. The rhythmic music makes you dance the night away. Visit this place once and you are sure to come back for more.
Sala Razzmatazz is a mecca for live concerts in Barcelona. Established in 2000, this club is home to five unique spaces that host top artists on the national and international music scene. Their events calendar is busy throughout the year and attracts varied patrons ranging for local music fans to traveling aficionados. The likes of Coldplay, Kanye West, David Byrne, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand have taken centerstage here, representing an eclectic range of genres – from pop and rock, to indie and electronic.
This established seafood restaurant in the El Poblenou district has preserved much of its old-fashioned charm. Els Pescadors upholds a very high reputation in Barcelona, and has received many culinary awards. It serves market-fresh cuisine with flair and creativity. As its name, Els Pescadors ('The Fishermen') suggests, you should stick with the delicious fish and shellfish dishes, which range from simple steamed mussels to an elaborate cod salad with puff pastry. Seat yourself on an old marble-topped table surrounded by antiques and a few timely reminders that you're next to a modern Olympic Village.
The Barcelona City Hall is built on the site of the old Teatre Barcelona, which was destroyed. It has one auditorium and puts on musicals and concerts at varying times. It also opens its doors to other less common performing arts. Its most original shows are the dinner shows, the food is always good, and there is a lively atmosphere.
Located in Catalunya, the Hard Rock Cafe offers a fun environment to enjoy a delicious meal. With rock 'n' roll memorabilia lining the walls to create a visually pleasurable experience, you can relax and enjoy the American-style food while sipping on a delicious cocktail or just beer. The live music only adds to the popularity of this haunt. Guests can also shop and select from the attractive merchandise on offer.
From noon till late hours of night, Milano Cocktail Bar welcomes patrons into its elegant atmosphere to enjoy a drink or feast on traditional tapas. Renowned for its cocktails, do not leave this place without trying a few of their interesting concoctions. Green Almond, Gentleman Apple, Picasso, Lady Sour and the Watermelon Martini are highly recommended. In the afternoons, patrons are given a trip back in time, as the restaurant recreates a 1940s ambiance. Nights at this place are brought alive by soothing melodies strummed by Jazz musicians.
A sleek and trendy venue, Nineteen is located in the Olivia Hotel at Plaça de Catalunya. It offers a carefully prepared menu of tasty dishes that reflect the local flavor. Start with a plate of croquettes and work on the menu with dishes like confited cod and Iberian pork. Sandwiches and fries are also offered here. Enjoy the sweeping views from the terrace while nursing a glass of wine.
Located at the corner of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, this one is a spacious restaurant. The decor here is quite rustic and the walls are adorned with black & white images from the British colonial rule in Africa. If you were wondering about the name, they also house a real-life statue of president Obama. The menu serves a variety of options ranging from crepes and wraps, tapas, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, etc. They also offer a selection of beers. The place is a bit on the expensive side but is worth a visit because of its unconventional theme and decor. The bar also hosts live music; check website for details.
When in Barcelona, tapas is a must-do on itineraries. Located in Eixample, Ciudad Condal is a popular choice among locals and patrons for its tapas variety and laid-back vibe. Share a small plate of grilled prawns, fried squid rings or patatas bravas. Their Montaditos, Spanish toasted bread with toppings, deserves a special mention. The outdoor patio at this tapas bar is a great dining spot during summer.