When visiting Barcelona, you must visit one of our highly acclaimed nightclubs. From mixed to straight to gay, and from the Bohemian to high-class elegance, Barcelona has a lot to offer. Here is our top ten, starting from Number 10 and finishing with our Number One Barcelona hot spot for you to relax in after a hard week’s work, or let off some steam and enjoy yourself after another boring few days of business meetings.
Superb sound and superb lighting effects! If you are gay, then Saturday night at 19-21 Rhonda Sant Pere is just for you. Otherwise, Friday is mixed night and marvellous! This is for the coolest of the cool, with the latest lighting technology, great animations and fabulous sound. This is one of the few genuine nightclubs in Barcelona, and frequently features the best international DJs with Fridays featuring the Matinee All-Stars, with DJs such as Flavio, Sergi and J. Louis and spectacular animations by the Matinee dancers. Make sure you get there early, because DMIX is one very popular nightclub.
This is a fairly new nightclub, and very uptown. It is spectacularly decorated split into four areas: the Marquee, with its massive bronze elephants being the most popular. Buddhas, hand-carved chairs and Indo-China decoration are other features, and as would be expected from the description, Elephant is trendy, elegant and expensive - but well worth it! The main Elephant bar is situated right in the middle of the Marquee and is the place to be if you want to pretend to be famous while listening to the ‘house’ music, or head off to one of the other areas for something a bit cooler. It sits at Number 1, Paseo de los Tilos, just where it meets Avinguda de Bellamar.
8. CAFE OLE
If you like a house party on a Sunday night then this is it! It is also a gay club, but very hetero-friendly! If you want to finish off your weekend on an upbeat, then this is the place to be. 100% pure accelerated house, this is pure pandemonium - just as you like it! Loads of mesmerising lighting and fabulous GoGo dancers. This is another Matinee group nightclub just like DMix with the same J. Louis along with Rafa Arizex spinning the disks Sunday night till Monday morning. This place has a real buzz going and is THE place to be on a Barcelona Sunday night. Find it at 19 -21 R. Da Sant Pere, or call + 34 93 453 05 10.
This is open Thursday - Sunday, and gets the number six spot because of its popularity and the hip-hop it offers in addition to the ubiquitous house. The upstairs Sky Room is where you find the hip-hop and R&B, while on the ground Main Room you get some of the best house going, and all free for guests until 3 am! Dress sharply to fit in, and if you are a mover and shaker then you will enjoy some of the best DJs in the world, such as Jay J, Marting Solveig and Steve Angelli. Catwalk is associated with some great labels such as Silicon and Subliminal Records, and arranges loads of private parties and events. Visit Catwalk at 2 Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, or call them at +34 93 224 07 40 for more details.
6. CLUB SOLO
Club solo begins the countdown for the Top Five, largely because it offers great food, and on Wednesday nights serves free Asian food and sushi from 10 pm to midnight. It’s more of a restaurant than a nightclub to start with, and is a favourite after-work meeting place. It comprises three floors, with a main party and dancing area on the second. The sexy black and red restaurant is at the top where all good restaurants should be, with a small area on the bottom suitable for small private parties. This is glam soirée clubbing at its very best, and you must phone +34 93 272 38 80 to be sure of being on the guest list. You will find it at 7 Passatge de la Concepció, between Passeig de Gracia and Rambla Catalunya
5. HOTEL OMM (Thursdays)
Said to be a gay bar, the Hotel Omm seems to have more than its fair share of beautiful women, and these are sharing guys so it’s likely as hetero as most of them. However, it is definitely for singles and not a nightclub for youngsters. Keep in mind that this is a hotel, and not a dedicated nightclub, so it is very convenient: you have a ready-made room on-site if you get lucky! You don’t have to be good-looking or sharply dressed, but it helps!
The Sutton Club is probably the most up market nightclub in Barcelona and from Thursday to Sunday there are queues of clubbers trying to get into the club. The crowd is a real mix in ages from 18 year old ones to 50 year old rich Catalans. There is a good mix of local and foreign clubbers and the atmosphere is pleasant enough especially if you are lucky to get in during one of the parties such as Carnival which take place in the club. The music policy is strictly commercial dance and house music. It is definitely one of the best clubs in Barcelona though it could be quite difficult to get in because the dress code is rather strict.
Shoko is one of the finest lounge clubs in Barcelona and it thoroughly deserves its Bronze Medal place! It always proves to be a good option whether you want to eat (its restaurants specializes in Mediterranean/Oriental fusion cuisine) or just have a few drinks. Exquisitely decorated in Oriental style with Chinese Buddhas, bamboos and Oriental umbrellas adorning the club it is extremely popular through-out the year and is the perfect place to start off your night. The club also has great terrace over-looking the beach and is coupled with the great nightly events and good looking crowd. Shoko is a must during your visit to Barcelona.
2. CDLC Every Friday
In second place is CDLC - but on a Friday with its Dom Perignon party. The Carpe Diem Lounge Club is cushioned with large couches, cushions and mattresses for guests to sprawl over, and is primarily a restaurant for the ‘bright young things’ of Barcelona that turns into a nightclub, with the tables being moved and a dance floor suddenly appearing. Visit here and you are likely to bump into any celeb that happens to be in town. The food is divine and the beat unbeatable! Friday night at CDLC is definitely the place to give your weekend a kick-start, and you can find it at Passeig Maritim de la Barceloneta, 32, or telephone 93 224 0470.
1. THE OPIUM MAR
Also referred to by its former name, “Baja Beach Bar”, the Opium Mar It truly deserves its accolade as Number One! Top of the Pops on Barcelona’s club scene.
It is massive with an enormous dance floor and two terraces outside that are very popular in summer, particularly since it is set at Port Olympic right next to the beach. When we say huge we are talking 3000 clubbers - maybe not a lot in football stadium terms, but for a nightclub, 3,000 is huge! It doesn’t always get the best reviews for its restaurant service, but you can’t fault the club. Details: Passeig Maritim de la Barceloneta, 34, Barcelona. Tel: +34 932259100
So there you have it. Our top 10 Barcelona night spots where you can mingle with the celebs and glitterazzi or simply enjoy yourself with whomever you happen to be with at the time. Whether you are in Barcelona on vacation, on business or just passing through, you deserve to relax now and again and these are the top spots where you can do just that. Barcelona is famed for its modern music, and these are the nightclubs where you can enjoy it most.