Otto Zutz has seen many transitions over the years but always seems to pull in the crowds. In the late 90s it was the Nº1 club in Barcelona and home to many famous Spanish celebrities. Nowadays it does not have the same prestige but it is still one of the most important clubs in Barcelona.
Otto Zutz is quite a dark club and has an industrial warehouse feel to it. It has 3 floors and 4 different styles of music. This is a major plus for any clubber as they will at least like the music of one of the dance floors.
The first floor is now dominated by Hip/Hop, Rap and a bit of Reggaeton. The DJs don’t just play the hits but do try to influence the crowd by playing some more underground beats. An MC sometimes makes an appearance screaming down the microphone in Spanglish in order to get the crowd moving. It’s a very vibrant floor with a lot of gyrating and dirty dancing.
Climbing up the metal staircase to the second floor one can hear good quality house music and not too commercial. The other half of the floor has a smaller dance floor with more retro music and an anything goes music policy.
Finally the top floor is the VIP area. To get in you need to have contacts on the door or charm the security guard who in general does not let anyone in without authorization. The VIP area is small and intimate and a good place to rest before returning to the madness below. On any given Friday or Saturday the club is packed by 3am and there is normally a long cue so get there early. I must say that the clientele is not the friendliest. There seems to be a few wannabe gangsters aged 18 especially on the first floor but apart from them there is a general mix of locals and foreign clubbers.
The price on the door is 12 euros with one drink included. The drinks are standard Barcelona prices, 6 euros for a bottle of beer and 10 euros for a long drink. One can buy bottles in the VIP floor and in the VIP area on the first floor. Bottles go from 120 euros between 4 people.
The security staff is strict and keeps order well. They are especially conscious of noise on the street as the club is next to some residential apartments and in Barcelona the residents have a habit of closing down nightclubs.
Otto Zutz does not invest in any big name DJs or any special events. They rely on the fact that they have 4 different cancellers and a prestigious name. For me, the club has gone downhill due to the selection of people they let in to the club. People seem to be having a good time and it is worth a visit if you are staying in Barcelona for a long time. However if you are here for only a few days there are friendlier clubs to visit which should be higher up on your clubbing agenda.
Address : Lincoln 15
How to get there: by metro L3 green line Fontana, by FFGC (Ferrocariles Catalanes local train system) Gracia, Plaza Molina
Phone: (34) 932 387 324