Considered by many to be one of the best places for a night out in Europe, Barcelona has a thriving nightlife which attracts music lovers and partygoers from across the world. Home to a number of great clubs playing everything from afro-beat to post-punk, Barcelona’s true musical love is without a doubt electro and techno. Here are ten of the best dance-floors in the Catalan capital:
The king of Barcelona’s nightclubs, the city’s dancing mecca, Razzmatazz is really five venues in one. The Loft is one of the best places in town to hear techno, electro, and dubstep, while Lolita plays a mixture of house, electro-pop, nu-disco, and electronica . The Pop Bar is for lovers of old school pop classics and the Rex room escapes any name-tagging. And then of course there’s the Rex Club, the venue’s main dance-floor and live music stage, having welcomed the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Passion Pit, and Calvin Harris.
Open 365 days a year, the MOOG is Barcelona’s ultimate techno and electro club and one of the most well-regarded clubs of its kind in Spain. Having been a music venue for over a century, the venue pioneered the introduction of electronic music back in the 1980s and continues to host some of the biggest names in the electro, house, and techno scene today.
Tucked away in the backstreets of the Gothic Quarter, the Macarena Club is a popular electro and house music nightclub which is famous for having one of the smallest guest capacities in town – just 80 people are allowed in at any given time. This means you get to get up close and personal with the DJs who play from a booth in the middle of the dance-floor.
This former theater is one of Barcelona’s most authentic nightclubs, playing a mixture of different sounds throughout the week. Crappy Tuesdays is one of the best nights for alternative music in the city, playing punk, rock, and indie tunes, while on weekends, Nitsa is the famously dark, cramped, and sweaty hangout of electronic music lovers.
Located inside the quaint Poble Espanyol – an ‘architectural museum’ and model village – La Terrrazza is a rooftop nightclub specializing in mostly house and techno. Open throughout the summer season, it’s one of the main venues during the Sonár electronic music festival which takes place in the city each year. While the open-air roof may restrict noise capacity, it also offers a dance experience like no other in the city.
This cozy venue located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter is one of the best places in the city for R&B, soul, afro-beat, and jazz, offering a nice alternative to the primarily electronic-music scene in the city. The Marula Café has a laid-back atmosphere and a friendly vibe, attracting as many locals as tourists. In addition to the club nights, the venue also hosts regular, live music performances featuring local and international acts.
The legendary Ibizan dance temple has opened a franchise in the Catalan capital, located just by the waterfront in Port Olympic. With a big name like Pacha come big acts, and many of the hottest DJs from the dance, electro, and house world have been known to play at the venue. This is the kind of place you’ll want to dress up for – Pacha’s not afraid of a little glamour.
Located just a few doors down from Pacha, Opium is a sophisticated nightclub which has one of the strictest dress codes in Barcelona. This is the place forpeople who like to see and be seen: high-heels, designer labels, and magnums of champagne are all part of the furniture at this exclusive venue. The dance-floor is decked out with white satin couches, chrome and glass tables, and a slick modern décor which has been known to attract a few celebrities on occasion.
Don’t let the name deceive you, while Jamboree is renowned as one of the best jazz clubs in the city (with live performances pretty much every day), it’s also one of the hottest places for hip-hop and R&B. Located in the iconic Plaça Reial just off La Rambla, the club has a lively vibe any day of the week and attracts a mixed crowd, including some serious music lovers. This is without a doubt one of the city’s most iconic music venues and a guaranteed fun night out.
Located in one of the most prestigious hotels in Barcelona, the five star W Hotel, Eclipse is an exclusive night bar situated on the 26th floor of the iconic building. With exceptional panoramic views of the whole city, the Eclipse is unlike any other nightclub in the city and has a strict entrance policy. If you’re looking to bump shoulders with the city’s gliteratti and cosmopolitan jet-setter crowd, this is the place to be.