Barcelona by Night: Places to go and things to see
When it comes to nightlife, the Spaniards really don’t mess about. Eating their dinner at 10pm and even implementing the siesta into their daily lunches, it’s fair to say that their culture is conducive for the late night lifestyle. If you’re traveling down there, night owls should head to the bustling city of Barcelona, where the party never stops. With plenty of late-night spots and underground drinking dens throughout this Catalonian capital, you’ll never want to hit the sack.
If you’re into your music, El Mariachi is the place for you, as it’s a popular hangout for some of Spain’s top musicians including Manu Chao, who can regularly be spotted strumming a little acoustic number in the eclectic, secret bar. Based in the heart of Barrio Gotico in the medieval part of the city centre, it’s a well-known favourite for a chilled night out, with good company and a range of Spanish cocktails on the menu. Try the house speciality, The Hydro-Miel, which is a blend of honey and local liqueurs. Apparently the secret’s spreading fast, so plan on getting there sooner rather than later, as it tends to fill up pretty quickly, especially on weekends.
The Gothic Quarter
While you’re in the Gothic Quarter, go on a night time tour of the ancient Barcino, which guides you around the historic cathedrals and Roman architecture surrounding the square, such as the the Mons Tàber and Via Laietana. For 50 Euros, the three-hour tour includes an information pack and ends with a drink on the roof terrace at one of the city’s most central hotels, where you can see even more of Barcelona by night.
Tucked away in the trendy El Raval area of the central Ciutat Vella district, is El Armario – which is the Spanish name for wardrobe. That being said, it’s no surprise that you have to make your way through someone’s clothing collection to get inside this cosy venue. Although it comes with its own quirky, antique theme, be warned that this dive bar is not for the claustrophobic, as it’s especially tiny with a few pieces of mismatched, rundown furniture scattered throughout the bar area.
Also in the El Raval neighbourhood is Moog, which is perfect if you fancy a spot of clubbing. This electronic club isn’t just a local favourite, it has a reputation internationally for having some of the hippest techno and house beats around. The club often hosts the MUTEK festival, so if that’s your sort of scene, be sure to check the website for dates before booking your trip.
If you’re a real party animal, El Raval is an ideal part of town to stay in as you’re close to much of the nightlife without being disturbed by the noisy neighbours. Plus there are plenty of places to pick up a post-party snack with eateries open well into the early hours.