A guide to the best clubs in Barcelona.
Barcelona could well be described as a city that naps in the afternoon, then parties till the sun comes up. This Spanish gem has set the gold standard for European nightlife, and offers everything from swinging jazz joints to salsa spots – but what has really made this city the stuff of late night legend is its outrageous nightclub scene. Locals know that the secret to fully enjoying the club experience is a scheduled afternoon siesta because clubs in Barcelona don’t get going until 2 or 3am and not closing until sunrise. Whether you’re looking for a performance from a world class DJ, or a night spent getting sweaty dancing under the stars, Barcelona has endless options for you.
La Terrrazza is quite literally the “city on a hill” of Barcelona nightclubs. The venue is located in Casa Son Berga, a mountaintop castle that has been converted into one of the city’s most stylish dance spots. The Spanish style chateau sits atop Poble Espanyol, a one-of-a-kind artificial village constructed in 1929 to represent the different styles of Spanish architecture. Patrons of La Terrrazza will find the venue by walking up the winding streets of Poble Espanyol, which are dotted with charming bars and cafés. Once inside, guests will discover why the chateau has been dubbed “the Open Air Circus” – La Terrrazza has no roof! Colorful lights and surreal visual projections dazzle club goers who can spend the night dancing under stars and palm trees. The village has a strict sound restriction so the music doesn’t get very loud, but this is the perfect venue if you want to skip the usual lines, neon lights, and smoky rooms of other Barcelona clubs.
If you’re looking to spend a wild night with Barcelona’s young rebels, rockers, and ravers, then Sala Apolo is the nightclub for you. Monday night starts the week off with an “Anti-Karaoke” event followed by a Nasty Mondays party that is sure to bring out the heavy metal raver in even the most conservative of club patrons (if those even exist). The contagious energy of Sala Apolo is maintained the other nights of the week as hordes of youthful patrons spend the early morning dancing under neon lights to reggae, rap, and rock. An overhead gallery on the second floor offers the perfect vantage point for watching the huge visuals on the cinema-sized screen behind the DJ.
What would a Latin adventure be without some passionate traditional dancing? Mojito Club is dedicated to providing patrons with the full sexy, seductive salsa dancing experience. The cool Latin and Cuban vibes add just the perfect touch of energy to the already passionate crowd of eager dancers who are none too shy about showing off their moves in the mirrored dance hall. Those who don’t know the first thing about salsa dancing need not fret, the club offers lessons at 10pm for the mix of couples, groups, and individuals who then stay on to try out their new moves. Mojito Club transforms into a regular discotheque around 1am on the weekends, but the authentic Latin spirit remains, even as a youthful crowd bombards the floor to dance their faces off to some more mainstream jams.
Disco balls, booming speakers, and pulsing lights hanging from a sixty-foot ceiling let partygoers know that Razzmatazz is about to give them the full Barcelona clubbing experience. The venue is divided into five unique rooms with each offering different environments and music. A young international crowd is kept feverishly dancing in The Loft by DJs spinning the latest techno, while the industrial-sized Razz Room attracts those wanting to get down to the hottest Top 40 hits. The three other rooms feature various genres of electro as well as ample space to sit down and cool off. When it’s not the most happening techno hot spot in town, Razzmatazz also doubles as a concert venue that books some big names from various music genres.
Otto Zutz Club sits on the outskirts of Barcelona but is still able to draw a wild crowd of international clubbers for a night of nonstop dancing. The venue is split into two levels and features an outrageous ceiling of chandeliers and disco balls of various sizes. The dance floor on the first level plays hip-hop and R&B sounds, while the second level is divided into one room for dancing and one for getting your Spice Girl on (think lip syncing, not leopard pants). The third floor is reserved as VIP, but those who spend enough money on alcohol can usually drink their way in by the end of the night. It may be more out of the way than other clubs in Barcelona, but Otto Zutz Club is the perfect spot for those who want crowd-pleasing dance tunes and an old school house party vibe.
Sala Apolo is a lively club that caters for Barcelona’s alternative punks, rockers, rebels and ravers alike. Its angsty youth packs the place each night of the week with an Anti-Karaoke followed by Nasty Mondays event that draws the boisterous patrons from near and far. Continuing the energetic theme during the week, you can find reggae, rap, and heavy metal alternative acts before elbow-to-elbow club nights ensue in the downstairs dance area. Upstairs is the place to grab a drink and gaze down upon the unfolding revelry below.
Pacha Barcelona brings Ibiza style clubbing to mainland Spain. Visually a decorative feast for the eyes with a sleek white interior, white leather couches and a stunning view over the beach, this place attracts an international crowd with an upmarket but also relaxed atmosphere. For the energetic, this hot-spot is open every night of the week and also features a delightful restaurant serving high quality, fresh, Mediterranean cuisine should you wish to grab a bite before your big night out.
For clubbing with a view on the on the beach of Barceloneta, look no further than Opium Barcelona, where you can find some of the top names in EDM on the Catalan dance scene. This club gathers young tourists and locals alike who go to take in the latest sounds set amongst futuristic lighting and large mirrors on the walls. This really is a must see for its energy and fun atmosphere, you even have a ‘Secret Room’ where you can enjoy the fun and dance until dawn in a more intimate and discreet way.
Moog is a techno lovers dream where you can expect to get up close and personal whilst throwing some moves on the dance floor. Its located in the gothic quarter of Barcelona and despite being around for 16 years, shows no signs of slowing down or wavering popularity. You could well think that you were clubbing in an old bunker rather than being smack bang in the centre of Barcelona, just off the Ramblas. Open every night of the week, you should buy a ticket in advance due to its popularity with its techno, drum ‘n’ bass and electro aficionados.