Marula Café is a vibrant pub and music space, hosting concerts and live gigs every night. Funk music rules, while rock, pop, country, jazz and other genres are also played here. The club is intimate though CD launches, presentations, small conferences and so on are also held. The crowd is an eclectic mix of locals and visitors, making this a great place to mingle with friends and friendly strangers. Grab a drink at the cocktail bar, known for the delicious libations served here, and groove to the music as you become oblivious to the city outside. The venue is best known for the weekly A Wamba Baluba night, every Thursday from 9:30p to 5a. The club comes alive to the sound of music as local, national and international bands take center stage. DJ sessions and theme parties often feature on the entertainment program of A Wamba Balaba as well.
Functioning only between the summer months of May and September and located in Montjuic , La Terrrace Club is a very popular open air nightclub. The party here begins only after midnight and lasts until wee hours of morning. It has been favored by many internationally celebrated DJs including Bob Sinclair and Roger Sanchez. The music vibe here is mostly Techno and House, and the crowd usually comprises of serious music lovers. This club garners more importance during the annual Sonar Festival which begins every June.
Michael Collins has built a good reputation for itself as an Irish-Catalan pub since opening its doors in 1997. Frequented not only by locals but even tourists from around the globe, this pub is located right across the Temple of Sagrada Familia. The best thing about Michael Collins is the service, which is unlike anywhere else. Sports banter over pints of Guinness coupled with homemade Irish fare and bumbling Irish tunes beats every other remedy for a long day.
L'Ovella Negra is a well-known beer hall that attracts a young crowd of international students and travelers. Its name translates to "Black Sheep", and the original and more noteworthy of its two locations is on a small side-street off Las Ramblas. With darts, pool and long wooden tables that can accommodate up to a dozen people, it is no wonder why this joint is always packed. The cheap pitchers of beer, delicious pints of sangria, and rustic atmosphere keep the nights going late. This is a great place to go with a large group of friends or to meet new one.
Industrial decor sets the tone in this dark club with metal floors and a metal ceiling; this is the place to dance, dance and dance. The DJ mainly sticks to techno, and the club dedicates special nights to internationally known DJs. No doubt, this is one of the best nightclubs in Barcelona. The door policy is not strict at all, and it is easy to find people outside giving out fliers to get in for free. That's why the club is usually crowded. Besides, it's only 2200 square feet (200 square meters)! On the top floor, the music is more commercial.
Located right next to the luxurious and grand Hotel Arts Barcelona and overlooking the spectacular Barceloneta beach, lies the wonderful Opium Barcelona. This is a restaurant, bar, lounge and nightclub, all rolled into one. While the restaurant boasts of a unique Euro-Asian cuisine, the bar offers a delightful range of Spanish wines and other spirits. Come here for a distinctly elegant dining experience with your loved ones or to dance the night away to some of the best tracks spun by leading DJs.
This large dance club is located in the heart of Barcelona. Consisting of two large dance floors and an outdoor terrace this is a great place to dance the night away. There is usually a cover charge that includes a drink, but often times fliers can be found offering discounts. Check with your hotel or hostel to find out the best place to find the fliers. There are many different themes put on by the promoters at City Hall, all of which are listed on their website.
In one of Barcelona's most famous gay clubs, you'll find the door policy relatively relaxed and a fair number of women in here; however, it's mainly full of young gay men out for a good time. It has one of the biggest dark rooms in town and is an ideal place to hang out. The interior is decorated in industrial style, with some kitschy touches. The music tends to be of the commercial house variety.
Manchester Bar at El Raval is a hidden gem. Here inexpensive beer rules the drinks menu and the 1990s British indie rock rules the playlist. The interiors ooze a retro mood with blown-up images of The Smiths and Oasis, and their lyrics adorn the orange walls of this cozy bar. If you swear by the names of Joy Division and Liam Gallagher, then this is your place to be! Bringing quintessential English vibe to Barcelona, the Manchester Bar is your spot for mingling with new faces and partying the night away.
This unique spot has been open for more than 50 years and acts as a magnet for all sorts of locals: shop assistants, pedestrians on the Ramblas, business executives, civil servants and politicians all wait patiently for their turn at the bar. There is no menu and the owners, Juanito and his family, simply announce what is on offer and take an order. These are just a few of the specials you might get to try, Artichoke Omelette, Stew, Grilled Norway Lobsters, Lentils, a wide array of rice dishes and clams à la Marinera. The restaurant even has its own cava (Spanish sparkling wine), called "Pinotxo."
A great place for a casual drink with friends, Bar 33/45 in Barcelona serves a wide range of local and international spirits and brews in a rustic-retro environment. One of the smaller bars in the area, this place punches way above its weight and is known for its specialty cocktails, gin, tequila, and Mescals. Food is served here with the offerings mainly being pub grubs. Music events are held here regularly.