From clandestine bars hidden down the back alleys of El Born to trendy cocktail joints in Gràcia and historic bars in the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona is one of Europe’s great nightlife capitals, with a bar for every occasion.
One of the classic El Born nightspots, Míramelindo has been around for years, and is still as popular today. It has a dimly lit interior, dark wood-clad walls and wicker furniture. They also serve excellent cocktails – the mojitos are among the best in the city, finding the perfect balance between zingy lime and fresh mint. Go on Wednesday nights for live Cuban salsa and Latin jazz nights – an amazing soundtrack for partying the night away.
By day, Milk is an incredibly popular brunch spot with queues down the street, and by night it turns into one of the city’s liveliest cocktail bars. This stylish little bar feels like a party in someone’s living room, with floral-patterned wallpaper, lots of comfy cushions and elegant brass lamps. They serve quality cocktails including the classics, various types of mojitos, and those made with Cava. Try the Milk specials, including the milk martini and the milk amaretto sour.
Owned by DJ Fred Guzzo, this old-school set up is a restaurant, cocktail bar and club all rolled into one. It’s known for its music and its art, with live jazz and Brazilian nights to blues concerts, and DJ sets by some of the best in the city. It also hosts several art events such as live painting by Barcelona’s street artists. Expect classic cocktails including negronis and old fashioneds, and contemporary inventions including a basil cocktail and a raspberry collins.
La Fianna might have moved to a new location within El Born, but it’s still the same atmosphere as its previous digs – picture high elegant sofas covered in plush red velvet, bare stone walls and grand wrought-iron chandeliers. They serve a great range of tapas to start the night (with a large selection of vegetarian options) and a traditional cocktail menu for later.
The terrace of the Hotel Pulitzer is a great space to party al fresco, especially during the summer months. Drink and dance among the leafy plants and enjoy DJ sets by some of Barcelona’s best clubs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, from May to October. There are also live music sessions every Wednesday, as well as vermouth and DJ sets on weekend afternoons. In fact, whatever day of the week you come, you’re guaranteed a good time. Plus, with food options by accomplished chef Olly Melhuish, you’ll have some of the most high-end snacks to choose from to keep your night going. Options include black truffle croquetas, decadent patatas bravas, and the juiciest burgers offered on any hotel terrace in the city.
This trendy late-night bar is located in the heart of the Raval district, close to the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). It’s popular with the skaters who love to hang out in the big concrete forecourt and offers chill vibes, a creative selection of beers and even tastier burgers. In this lively atmosphere, expect loud music and cult ’90s films playing on the overhead projector.
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