Barcelona’s clubbing scene is living one of its best moments and that’s partly thanks to a powerful network of nightclubs and discotheques. Let’s have a look at the best ones!
Barcelona is a city steeped in history and its long-running nightlife venues are no exception. Collectively they’ve created a scene that includes a diverse range of nightlife options for clubbers from around the world to enjoy. The city of Barcelona sleeps, but it definitely doesn’t do it at night (that’s what siestas are for).
Each venue has unique characteristics that are worth discovering for yourself. But our top team of nightclub researchers have tested the waters and put together a list of the best night clubs in Barcelona for your careful consideration. Enjoy!
Pacha Barcelona – world-famous club experience
Why you have to go: The world famous Pacha brand brings amazing music and the authentic atmosphere from Ibiza to Barcelona’s Port Olímpic.
Atmosphere: Ibiza style clubbing in the purest form. Visitors are greeted by a sleek white interior and a stunning view over the beach. Located near the Barceloneta Beach, the club attracts a crowd that is international with a both smart and casual atmosphere. This club has a bit more of an edge than its Port Olímpic neighbors, particularly on Fridays, when the best underground electronic music takes the place in the Sight parties.
Music: Pacha Barcelona uses its worldwide brand notoriety to attract the best national and international DJs from the current music scene to the city. Recently, Bob Sinclar, Robbie Rivera, and Claptone have all brought joy to the eager crowds of party people, and also Luciano, Davide Squillace or even Sven Väth have done so in the Sight nights.
Recommendations: On Fridays, the vibe is dramatically different from other nights, dress quite smart but get ready to dance with the best big-room techno, minimal and deep.
Prices: Being in the guest list, your entrance is free until 2 am in most of the nights, although you can also pay €20 to enter with 2 drinks included. Bottles cost €200 upwards. All these services can be contracted on Xceed by clicking on the button below.
Sala Apolo: the eclectic club par excellence
Why you have to go: It’s one of the nightclubs with more history and better line-ups of Barcelona. It’s open from Monday to Sunday and hosts some of the city’s most famous parties, such as Nasty Mondays, Crappy Tuesdays or Nitsa Club.
Atmosphere: Apolo breathes modernism. People work on their looks to move away from the mundane and break down barriers in the stylistic as well. What you don’t see in Apolo, you don’t see anywhere. But security won’t be a problem for you. You dress the way you want. Comfort and dance are priorities.
Music: Every party has its own stipulated musical style. On Mondays, Nasty Mondays bets on hits, indie-rock and pop. When Crappy Tuesdays opens on Tuesday, it focuses on the purest indie sound, while Caníbal, on Wednesdays, focuses on the urban sounds of trap, dancehall, afrobeat and even reggaeton. Cupcake brings back the pop and commercial sound aimed at university audiences and, on weekends, Nitsa Club brings the best underground electronic producers and DJs from the international scene to Barcelona.
Recommendations: Pay attention to the day of the week when you visit Apolo, because it’s not the same to lose your voice singing hits, to break your skeleton with afrobeat and dancehall or to burn your shoes with the most underground techno. Go to the party that convinces you the most!
Prices: The price ranges vary depending on the party and can range from €8 to €15, always with 1 drink included.
Opium Barcelona: the international beach club
Why you have to go: Opium is the only place to catch the big names in EDM.
Atmosphere: The venue boasts a huge beach terrace, classy but unpretentious vibes, and young beautiful people from all around the world. Opium has a capacity for up to 3000 people and still manages to pack it out every single day of the week.
Music: As we already said, most of the most famous international DJs are used to play in Opium Barcelona. David Guetta, Tiesto, Avicii and Armin van Buuren regularly pass through this venue every summer, helping Opium build a brand as one of the best night clubs in Barcelona for EDM lovers.
Recommendations: Guys, wear long pants and closed shoes or face rejection.
Prices: If you are on the guest list, access is free before 2 am on most nights. Another thing is what you spend inside the club, as a drink can cost you up to €18. The best option is to buy the advance ticket at Xceed (next button): you’ll pay €20 and get 2 drinks when you enter the club. If you prefer bottle service, prepare, at least, €300.
Sala Razzmatazz: a HUGE venue
Why you have to go: Urban, underground, industrial. This club is a unique experience.
Atmosphere: Expect a social and non-pretentious atmosphere. It’s located in Barcelona’s industrial urban district of Poblenou. Don’t be surprised if you lose all your friends (and maybe your mind) within the labyrinth of rooms. On a weekend, access the entire complex made up of industrial factories on different levels, each with a separate DJ. Established in the year 2000, Sala Razzmatazz was the first club in Spain to schedule five different spaces. It opens every day of the week, and it is, without doubt, between the best 100 nightclubs in the world.
Music: Razzclub, The Loft, Lolita, Pop Bar, Rex Room and the lounges 1, 2 and 3 have been witnesses to the best international and national artists in genres such as pop, rock and electronic music. Artists such as David Byrne, Coldplay, Orbital, Pulp, The Strokes, Kanye West, Blur, Belle and Sebastian, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Kraftwerk, Paul Kalkbrenner, Justice or Skrillex, just to name a few, have performed in Razzmatazz. Many came when they were barely known, taking the stage for the first time in Spain at Razzmatazz before becoming famous worldwide.
Recommendations: It’s easy to get lost inside the many rooms, so make sure you keep some phone battery for when you inevitably get separated from your gang.
Prices: Entrance ranges from €8 to €15 with 1 drink included. To avoid waiting on the huge queue and in order to save €5 or €10, tickets should be bought in advance.
INPUT High Fidelity Dance Club: the best sound-system in Barcelona
Why you have to go: INPUT is the best place in town to listen to electronic music. Its giant Funktion One sound system is worthy of any first level festival, and also its large LED screen doesn’t leave anyone indifferent.
Atmosphere: At INPUT there are only people who want to dance and let their imagination run wild. From young people in their twenties to people in their thirties, everyone at INPUT is driven by a single passion: listening to electronic music in the best possible conditions.
Music: The fact that different promoters cover the artistic programme of the venue means that we can enjoy everything from techno options such as Ben Sims, Ben Klock or SNTS to melodic music artists such as Worakls, Konstantin Sibold or Edu Imbernon, without forgetting the groove of Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82 or Los Suruba.
Recommendations: Don’t take too long to get to the Poble Espanyol, because INPUT doesn’t have a capacity much higher than 1,000 people and, when the headliner is important, the sold-out is always happening.
Prices: The early-birds on Xceed can even cost €5, but normally you’ll have to pay between €10 and €15, being able to arrive at €20 on the most special occasions.