In the day, Barcelona is a bustling treasure trove of cultural and architectural masterpieces, gourmet food options, sunny beaches in the day. But as the sun goes down and the sparkling city lights illuminate the streets, that’s when the energy really goes up a few notches. The night starts late and ends even later (or early morning) for most Barcelonians and tourists alike, and it’s not surprising when there’s just so much to do. Make the most of your night with our top 10 recommendations on what to do in Barcelona at night!
1. Begin your night with a tapas feast
In Spain, dinner usually starts from 9 pm onwards, and restaurants are at their busiest around 10 pm. While Barcelona is not known for its tapas culture, if you know where to go, a world of flavour awaits you. At Cervecería Catalana, tourists and locals alike crowd the restaurant during meal times every day. So do get there early or be prepared to stand in line for at least 30 minutes. However, if you are unable to go earlier, you can put your name on the waiting list and enjoy a drink from the bar while you wait. Good food is always worth time! If you happen to be in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, La Pepita is a lovely gem that serves up globally influenced tapas dishes. Do try their pepitas (sandwiches), which come with a variety of fillings for you to choose from. The Foie Gras topped with white chocolate, coffee and lime zest is also a delightful explosion of flavours in your mouth. Also located in the Gràcia district is La Neura Bar Restaurant, a cosy restaurant with a nice ambiance, friendly waiters, and a reasonably priced selection of tapas.
Take a Tapas tour on foot and check out some of the Tapas bars around La Rambla, La Boqueria food market and the Gothic Quarter with an expert food guide!
Tapas Evening Walking Tour of Barcelona
Price: from USD$71.89
Duration: around 3 to 4 hours required.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 8am - 1:30am. Weekends from 9am - 1.30am.
Access: 7 min walk from Passeig de Gracia metro station
Contact: +34 932 16 03 68
Website: Facebook Page
Address: Carrer de Còrsega, 343, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
Opening Hours: Mon 7.30pm - 1.30am; Tues - Sat 1pm - 4.30pm, 7.30pm - 12am; Closed on Sundays
Access: 4 min walk from Diagonal metro station
Contact: +34 932 38 48 93
Website: La Pepita
La Neura Bar Restaurant
Address: Carrer de Bailèn, 159, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 8am - 11.45pm
Access: 4 min from Verdaguer metro station
Contact: +34 934 57 92 85
Website: La Neura Bar Restaurant
2. Enjoy the sunset views of Barcelona
If you fancy having a dinner with a view, head over to Bar Mirablau Barcelona, located on Tibidabo Mountain, where you will be treated to a spectacular view of the city. Sip on a glass of Cava as you watch the sky turn dark and drink in the stunning panoramic views of the twinkling skyline. Prices might be slightly higher than what you would pay in downtown Barcelona, but you pay for the scenery as well too, right?
The Mirablau is situated at the top of the Tibidabo tram line, opposite the funicular station. For more information on how to get to Tibidabo, which is also home to the Tibidabo Amusement Park, click here.
Want a different view of the sunset? Why not take a cruise out and enjoy the calm tranquility of the sea as you gaze out into the sunset.
Barcelona Best Sunset Cruise
Price: from USD$68.70
Duration: around 1.5 hours required.
Bar Mirablau Barcelona
Address: Plaza Doctor Andreu s/n 08035 Barcelona
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 11am - 5am
Contact: +34 93 418 58 79
Website: Bar Mirablau Barcelona
3. Go bar-hopping
When the sun has well and truly set, and your tummies are fed, why not discover the city in another way with a spot of bar-hopping? Barcelona offers an eclectic mix of watering holes that will leave you spoilt for choice and your thirst quenched. With 4 outlets in Barcelona and offering more than 600 different types of shots, Espit Chupitos is the bar to go if you’re looking for some fun. This shots bar is one of the most popular shots bars in the city, and with each shot going at 2 EUR (2.20 USD), this is a great place to start your night. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, ask for the ‘Monica Lewinsky’ shot at the bar. This is not your average shot, and you can probably imagine what it’s like! Order at your own risk! You have been warned! Perhaps you’re looking for something tamer for the night. If so, Boadas Cocktails will be more up your alley. Opened in 1933, this elegant and charming bar will transport you to cocktail heaven. Located in a side street off Las Ramblas, there are no menus in this bar, but the helpful bartenders in tuxedos will gladly give you a suggestion or two. Alternatively, if you’re game for surprises, you could order the 'Cocktail del dia’ (Cocktail of the Day). Do note that there is a dress code and you might be politely turned away if you show up in beach attire.
Address: Carrer d'Aribau 77, Barcelona, Spain
Opening Hours: Mon to Thur 10.30pm - 2.30am; Fri to Sat 10.30pm - 3am
Access: 8 min walk from Passeig de Gracia metro station
Contact: +34 697 81 44 61
Website: Espit Chupitos
Address: Carrer dels Tallers, 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Opening Hours: Mon to Thurs 12pm - 2am; Fri and Sat 12pm - 3am; Closed on Sundays.
Access: 1 min walk from Catalunya metro station
Contact: +34 933 18 95 92
Website: Boadas Cocktails
4. Indulge your senses at the Palau de la Música Catalana
If drinks are not your thing, fret not for Barcelona caters to classical souls as well. Built between 1905 and 1908, the impressive architectural jewel of the Palau de la Música Catalana is the only concert hall in the Catalan Art Nouveau style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Apart from enjoying the performance, your eyes will also be busy feasting on the intricate nature-themed motifs of flowers and plants, colourful stained glass, and sculptures that decorate the interior of the concert auditorium. This will be an experience you won’t forget. Check out their official website to check the concert programmes or to purchase your tickets online.
Palau de la Música Catalana
Address: Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9.30 am - 9 pm. Sundays and holidays, 10 am - 3 pm and up to 2 hours before the concert
Access: L1/L4-Urquinaona (5-minute walk from the station)
Contact: +34 902 442 882 (to purchase tickets)
Email: [email protected]
Website: Palau de la Música Catalana
Wondered what the place looks like in the day? Check out the tours that will let you skip the lines and explore the UNESCO site.
Barcelona Palau de la Música Catalana Tour
Price: from USD$21.57
Duration: around 1 hour required.
5. Visit Casa Milà (La Pedrera) at night
Most people are awestruck by the creative genius of Gaudí when the intricacies of his design are revealed in the light of day. However, in the magic of the night, Gaudí’s last completed project comes to life in different ways. Discover Casa Milà, or La Pedrera (the stone quarry) as it is popularly known, by night on the Gaudí’s Pedrera: The Origins tour. This tour incorporates audiovisual elements to reveal the nooks and crannies of this beautiful building and a spectacular rooftop light show that has gotten rave reviews and is only accessible to visitors on the tour.
Gaudí’s Pedrera: The Origins
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 92. 08008, Barcelona.
Opening Hours: From Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 8.30 pm and 9 pm to 11 pm
Price: Adults: 34 EUR (37.60 USD); Children aged 7 to 12: 17 EUR (18.80 USD); Children up to 6: free
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
Contact: +34 902 202 138
Website: Gaudí’s Pedrera: The Origins
Why wait in the line for this wonderful experience when you can get a ticket here and skip the line!
"Gaudi’s Pedrera: The Origins" Night Show and Ticket
Price: from USD$40.27
Duration: around 1.5 hours required.
Very popular, but worth it for a free evening attraction. The crowds look daunting, but move past the crowds on the steps and bridges and you can actually get a great view from quite close. The fountains light up and change colors and then go through a sequence of different water patterns all timed with a variety of music.Margot N
Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain was the masterpiece of another Catalan architectural genius, Carles Buigas. Created for the International Exposition in Barcelona in 1929, the fountain now lights up almost every night in a stunning display of light, motion, music, and colour every half an hour. The fountain show promises to be a fun nighttime activity suitable for the whole family. Do note that timings differ according to the season. In the summer (June - August), the light show is on from Thursday to Sunday from 9.30 pm - 11.30 pm. The nearest metro station is Plaça España on the red and green lines (L1 & L3).
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Address: Pl Carles Buigas, 1, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Go for a tour for the full experience! Besides the Magic Fountain, check out the vibrant La Barceloneta neighborhood and the Olympic and Old ports.
Guided Night Tour with The Magic Fountain by Bus in Barcelona
Price: from USD$38.34
Duration: around 2 hours 18 minutes required.
7. Feel the passion of flamenco
While Barcelona may not be the birthplace of flamenco, there are some venues available for one to catch the passionate and seductive performance. A favourite place to go is Los Tarantos Barcelona. Founded in 1963, this is one of Barcelona’s oldest flamenco venues. They feature 3 nightly performances at 8.30 pm, 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm (approximately 30 minutes per show). There is also a bar for customers to purchase drinks. Los Tarantos is an ideal place for those who just want a taste of flamenco without having to fork out a lot to catch a full flamenco performance. As seats are on a first-come, first-served basis, we recommend that you book your tickets for your desired slot online. Get ready to be captivated by the energy and rhythm of flamenco!
Los Tarantos Barcelona
Address: Plaça Reial 17, 08002 Barcelona
Price: 15 EUR (17 USD)
Duration: Around 30 minutes
Access: Metro: L3 (Liceu and Drassanes) Bus: 14, 59, 91, N9, N12, N15
Contact: +34 933 041 210 or [email protected]
Website: Los Tarantos Barcelona
Why wait? Book your tickets here:
Flamenco Show at Los Tarantos Barcelona
Price: from 17.97 USD
Duration: around 35 minutes required.
8. Dance your night away
Did the flamenco show arouse your dancing feet? Barcelona is home to some of Europe’s best clubs, and there is no shortage of places where you can get your groove on and dance all night long. In Barcelona, there are parties going on every day of the week. The night usually starts at 10 pm but the party really gets going at around 2 am and doesn’t end until the sky is bright. So perhaps it might be a good idea to take a siesta in the afternoon so you can fully experience the nightlife. Some popular clubs include The Sutton Club, which is said to attract famous celebrities, Opium, a club by the beachfront that attracts a huge crowd of international party-goers, and La Terrrazza, an open-air club converted from a castle that is set in the mountains of Montjuic. The options are limitless really, and there is bound to be some (or many) clubs that cater to your crowd and music preferences.
Tip: get the Barcelona NightCard for fast-track entrance into Barcelona’s top clubs. At 10 EUR (11 USD) for a 2-day card, or 20 EUR (22 USD) for a 7-day card, it is great value for money if you are planning to do some serious partying.
Address: Carrer de Tuset, 13, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
Opening Hours: Wed, from 12am - 5 am. Thurs, from 12am - 5:30am. Fri, Sat and night before bank holidays, from 12am to 6am. Sun, from 10.30pm to 4am
Access: 8 min walk from Diagonal metro station
Contact: +34 934 144 217
Website: Sutton Club
Address: Passeig Marítim, 34, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Opening Hours: Sun to Thurs: 11:45pm - 5am; Fri - Sat: 11:45pm - 6am
Contact: +34 932 25 91 00
Address: Avenida Francesc Ferrer I Guardia, 0 S N ( Poble Espanyol ), 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Opening Hours: Thurs - Sat 12.30am - 6am
Access: 13 min walk from Pl. Espanya metro station
Contact: +34 932 72 44 98
Website: La Terrrazza
9. Discover the ‘Dark Past’ of Barcelona on a night walking tour
If dancing is not your preferred form of exercise, going on a night walking tour is a good substitute. On ‘The Dark Past Walking Tour’, which starts at 9 pm in the summer months, discover the dark legends and history of Barcelona with a knowledgeable and engaging guide. Be transported to a Barcelona where executions and torture were common during the Spanish Inquisition period. Do note that this tour may not be suitable for children below 14 years of age. The tour group size is limited to 15 people and pre-booking is required.
The Dark Past Walking Tour
Address: Starts at Arc de Triomf (under the monumental arch)
Price: 15 EUR (17 USD)
Starting Time: 9 pm
Duration: Around 2 hours
Website: Book Now
10. Survive a pub-crawl
Another good way to discover the city at night is by joining one of Barcelona’s legendary pub crawls. This is a surefire way for you to meet other international travellers looking for a wild night out; explore a few pubs; get free entry into a popular club (included in the price of the pub-crawl), all with the help of a friendly guide looking to give you the best night you’ll never forget (or, never remember!). If you’re staying at a hostel, most likely they will already have a pub-crawl that you can sign up for at reception. If not, check out Bar Crawl Barcelona, I Survived Barcelona or Backpacker Pub Crawl Barcelona. The pub crawls usually take you to 3 - 4 pubs / bars where you’ll get a free drink at each pub, and finish off at a designated club. It usually costs between 10 and 15 EUR (11 and 16.60 USD). It is interesting to note that I Survived Barcelona has a Party Pack option that gives you access to unlimited bar crawls with them and free VIP club entrance to over 10 clubs. Sleep is for the weak, right?!
Bar Crawl Barcelona
Price: 15 EUR (16.6 USD)
Starting Time: From 10.30pm
Website: Bar Crawl Barcelona
I Survived Barcelona
Price: 15 EUR (16.6 USD)
Starting Time: 10.30pm
Starting Point: Bar Bobby’s Free, C/ Pau Claris, 85, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Website: I Survived Barcelona
Backpacker Pub Crawl Barcelona
Price: 12 EUR (Online booking) 15 EUR (On the spot)
Starting Time: 9pm
Starting Point: Craft Barcelona, Carrer del Paradis, 4
Contact: +34 661 133 861
Website: Backpacker Pub Crawl
The night is forever young
Before you arrive in Barcelona, be sure to get adequate rest because you won’t be getting much in this vibrant city that never seems to sleep. Whether your aim is to party like there’s no tomorrow; to soak up the architectural masterpieces of Gaudí, or to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the city, you will find that there are countless options for you to choose from. Day and night, like two sides of a coin, you will see different facets of Barcelona being revealed that will surprise and delight you. As the sun goes down, and parts of the city start to awaken, that’s when you’ll experience the full glory of Barcelona.