The Sutton Club is probably the most up market nightclub in Barcelona. It’s situated in Tuset Street, between Balmes Street and Muntanter in the smarter end of town and from Thursday to Sunday there are queues of clubbers trying to get into the club. But before I tell you how to get in and whether it’s worth it, let me describe the interior of the club.
The club’s entrance has numerous “shop windows” on the right hand side with expensive clothes and drinks all safely protected by unbreakable glass.
On the left hand side you will find the cloak room and a few metres more on the left is the first of 2 dance floors. This smaller room is decorated with over sized light bulbs hanging from the ceiling and numerous plasma TVs showing mainly Bacardi drinks promotions.
It’s the only smoking room in the club so do not enter if you are anti-tobacco as it’s extremely smoky. The room also has a bar with three bar staff and one never waits too long to get served. The music is mainly pop music from the 80s and 90s. It also has a glass wall where you can look onto the main dance floor.
The principal dance floor is big to say the least. It contains two large oval shaped VIP areas (Moët VIP area and Grey Goose VIP area) and only a few sofas for us peasants to sit down and rest. Each VIP area is guarded by a security guard and 150 euros will get you in.
So bring your AM EX if you really want to impress the opposite sex. However I must say by the end of the night most people abandon the VIP areas and are mingling with the rest on the dance floor.
There are 3 colour coded bars (red and blue among them), all with at least two good looking waitresses who are surprisingly friendly. Again there are more plasma TVs dotted around the room. Finally there is a stage overlooking the dance floor and the go-go dancers who are extremely attractive appear on the stage from time to time to liven up the night.
The music policy is strictly commercial dance and house music. The toilets are in the small smoking room I mentioned earlier and at the back of the main room.
One strange phenomenon about Barcelona clubs is drinks prices. You can go to one bar in the Sutton Club (or many other clubs for that matter) and the bar girl will charge you 10 euros for a long drink but may be if you go to another bar you could get charged 11 euros. I guess it’s their way of earning a bit extra. In general I can’t be bothered to argue over one euro but feel free to do so.
And finally, the most important thing is getting into the club. There are numerous websites which offer guest lists for the Sutton club. But that does not guarantee entrance. Guys must wear a shirt and shoes. And girls should be glamorous.
This may seem too regimented but it is true, so forget about self expression and it doesn’t matter how much you paid for you new Dolce and Gabana T-shirt, you won’t get in wearing it.
And get there early. I mean at 1 A.M at least. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday the queues are ridiculous with all the middle upper class crowd pushing and shoving to get noticed.
The security staff is extremely serious and strict; one of the door pickers called Carlos, an old guy with a big Spanish moustache is the most fastidious. If he doesn’t like the look of you forget it, you aren’t getting in.
Curiously once I was banned from entering for wearing a T-shirt, pathetic I know but that is how strict they are.
The club is extremely popular especially on Thursdays and Saturdays. The crowd is a real mix in ages from 18 year old princesses 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. It is definitely one of the best clubs in Barcelona and I am forced to say it’s definitely worth a visit and should be on your list of clubs to go to in Barcelona.
Address: Tuset Street, 13
Phone: (00 34) 93 414 4217
How to get there: by metro Green Line L3 Diagonal; by FFGC (Ferrocariles Catalanes local train system from Plaza Cataluña) Gracia stop.
by bus Nº 16, 17 and 32.