Barcelona’s party scene is legendary. Whether you’re into techno or the latest reggaeton, can find a place to dance pretty much every night of the week to almost any kind of music—if you know where to look. People go out late in Barcelona, and clubs rarely fill up before 2 a.m. Nightclubs open at about 1 a.m. and stay open until 5 or 6 a.m., so it’s the perfect city to use your jetlag to your advantage and dance the night away.
If you plan on hitting one of the nightclubs near Port Olímpic, start your evening off with drinks at one of the area’s many beach bars, called chiringuitos, or hit up one of the many bars in the city center. You may also find Spaniards pre-gaming with a “botellón,” a.k.a. drinking in a public park or plaza. Keep in mind that although they are usually tolerated, it’s technically illegal to do so.
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Sala Apolo is a sprawling nightclub and concert venue conveniently located right on Paral·lel, on the border between Raval and Poble Sec. At nearly 80 years old, Apolo is also one of Barcelona’s oldest dance venues—the club’s 75th birthday was in 2018–and has welcomed more than 13,000 and 7,000 DJs to its stages over its long history. You’ll hear dancehall and reggae on Wednesdays at Caníbal, pop and rock at Milkshake on Thursdays, and mostly EDM and techno on Fridays and Saturdays.
Moog is a smaller but no less iconic electronic music club in the heart of Raval that has been at the forefront of Spain’s techno dance scene since the mid-1990s. It’s a great spot for techno lovers who dislike pretentious vibes—no VIP tables or strict dress codes here. Moog is open 365 days a year, though Wednesdays typically have the biggest DJs and the best lineups.
Jamboree is a smaller nightclub with a friendly vibe that hosts both live sets and DJs spinning RnB, dancehall, and Hip Hop, right on beautiful Plaça Reial. The club’s two rooms have very different music styles, so make sure to check out both.
Located right across the plaza from Jamboree, Sidecar Factory Club has been one of the go-to music venues in Barcelona for rock and alternative music since it first opened in 1982, regularly hosting both concerts and DJ sets. Lots of locals go to Sidecar, despite its prime location on one of Barcelona’s most touristy plazas. The basement dancefloor gets crowded quickly, so make sure to grab a spot early.
If you want to party like you’re in Ibiza, Pacha Barcelona regularly hosts some of the biggest DJs electronic music has to offer. Pacha is one of Barcelona’s fancier clubs, so make sure to dress for a night out. The venue also doubles as a lounge restaurant, with a quieter outdoor patio overlooking the beach.
Located just steps away from Pacha, Opium is also a trendy beachfront lounge and nightclub that doubles as a restaurant during the day. They have different DJs and themed nights almost every day of the week, including Blackout Mondays and Ladies Night on Tuesdays.
For a party with an unbeatable view, hit up Eclipse, an exclusive lounge on the 26th floor of the W Hotel. They spin House, RnB, and Hip Hop–check out their program for more info. The views of the beach are unbeatable, but Eclipse’s two lounges are better for sipping cocktails and enjoying the music than a crazy night of dancing. They have a strict “elegant and chic” dress code and several VIP options if you want to mark a special occasion.
With five rooms and a capacity of over 3,000 people, Razzmatazz, or simply Razz, is one of the most famous clubs in Barcelona. The venue first opened in 2000 and has seen some truly legendary musicians and DJs pass through its doors, including the likes of Morrisey, Coldplay, Kanye West, Post Malone, and many more. Each of the rooms has its own music style, from Hip Hop to pop classics to techno.
Safari Disco Club
Barcelona is a very open and gay-friendly city, with lots of gay bars and clubs. Enjoy a wild night at one of the city’s best gay-friendly clubs, Safari Disco Club. Get your pop fix with Yass Barcelona on Saturdays, or hit the Dale Dance Party to listen to the best Reggaeton, RnB, and Dancehall Barcelona has to offer.
Luz de Gas
Luz de Gas is a live music venue and nightclub with theatrical baroque decor, including a red-curtained stage and glitzy chandeliers. The shows include jazz, soul, rock and even classical music performances. The nightclub opens Fridays and Saturdays starting at midnight. Luz de Gas is known for attracting a slightly more mature crowd, so it’s a great option for over-30s who don’t want to party with a bunch of 18-year-olds.
Since it first opened in 1993, Antilla has been the spot for Latin music lovers in Barcelona, with bachata, salsa, and sensual latin beats every Wednesday through Sunday. The venue is known for its funky neon decor and welcoming atmosphere. They also have a dance school, with salsa cubana and bachata lessons for all skill levels. Students get free entry to the dance party afterwards.
Input at High Fidelity Dance Club
Input is one of the three nightclubs inside Poble Espanyol, a historic, multi-function event space on Montjuïc Hill. At Input, you’ll find a top-notch sound system and laser light shows, along with some of the most exciting underground techno and electronic music in the city. Highlights include performances by artists like Agents of Time, Benklock, and Detroit Swindle.
Also at Poble Espanyol, Sala Upload showcases independent music and DJs from all over the world, and you dance to everything, from psychedelic to techno, garage, and trap music, and headliners like The Sonics, C. Tangana, and Dixon have all passed through its doors. Time Out also named Sala Upload the Best Club in Barcelona in 2019.
Finally, La Terrraza–with three Rs–is Barcelona’s premier electronic open-air club, located in the patio of a 16th-century farmhouse in Poble Espanyol. As an outdoor space, La Terrrazza only opens for the summer season, from May until September. They often host pre-parties and Off-Sonar gigs for Sonar Music Festival. It’s a great place to dance under the stars when the weather is nice.