Spanish people are late night partiers. They eat, drink, and dance later than any other culture on the planet. Don’t be surprised if the party carries over to the next day and is extended to another 24 hour period. Of course, siesta must be observed. Barcelona’s nightlife is magnificently extravagant. The spirit of festivity is like an excited child running from one playground to another, spilling the chill of music, dancing, dining, and revelry all around town. Barcelona’s nightclubs are famous in their own rite. Even if clubbing isn’t something you would ordinarily do, it’s worth the experience to investigate the possibilities to be entertained. Each bar has its own format of charges and they vary depending on the night of the week, type of entertainment available, and many seasonal conditions. Scores of lounges and bars will have flyers circulating for a chance to get in free. (No cover charge). They may also vouch for one or two free drinks or free entrance to the lounge. Areas like La Rambla and Barri Gotic may actually have people standing outside the door enticing you in with different types of freebies or deals. Spanish locals like to move to the beat of all different types of music, with lights and festival flare at the forefront. Different venues offer varied types of music from funk, soul, disco, pop, jazz, salsa, and almost any other type of entertainment one could imagine. Going by the different districts, all varieties are available depending on how much energy there is to take it all in. Magic Club in El Borne District is perhaps the most popular indie clubs in Barcelona. With a capacity to hold at least 1000 sweaty dancers, Magic Club boasts a couple of DJs who have personalities to rock the masses. The music has a heavy 80’s flare and much energy is flowing throughout the building. The most abundant age group at Magic Club seems to be the young people who have a lot of energy. They come to Magic to sing songs they know all the words to and socialize with one another on an extremely comfortable level. Magic Club reaches out to this energetic genre and supplies it with the classic smokey ambiance of a favourite indie bar, loved by all who enter. Magic is minutes from the substation and is opened late night on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Clubs in the Gothic Quarter, or the old town area, are plentiful and hopping. There is a spirit of survival in this historic area from the Medieval span and nothing less than raw energy fills the halls of socializing, dancing, and festivities in the Barri.
For a tiny techno bar, the Macarena Club holds about 300 people and is said to have one of the best sound systems in the city. This club often has international talent, along with DJs and their turntables. This crowd is a bit more mature than the one in Magic Club and although tiny and loud, Macarena hosts a vibrant crowd of people who are willing to endure the close quarters if only for the experience. Macarena is open on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The Macarena Club is right up from the port, located in La Rambla. It is near the metro station on a side street called Calle Nou de Sant Francesc.
Where legendary Jazz clubs are concerned, Harlem Jazz Club is one that is traditionally superb and above the norm when it comes to high energy and entertainment. The club is open almost every night of the week and hosts mainly live entertainers. On a small street in old town Barcelona is a hidden jewel that enshrines the festive flare of the ever-popular Jazz venue. Harlem Jazz Club is found on one of the many side streets of La Rambla in the Barri.
Right in the middle of La Rambla is a club that is noted for its tourist-friendly location. Everyone is welcome here in an atmosphere of diversity mixing local people with travellers and people from the international crowd. The Boulevard Club is a dance Mecca with a capacity to hold 1000 people. The crowd is younger, high energy and beautiful. Be ready to meet the Catalans, Swedes, Americans and Argentines, all gorgeous people melting into the soup of celebration.
Open Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and some Sundays, The Boulevard Club is a ring leader in authentic partying tactics and is extremely popular among the locals. This club is close to the most southern metro station near the port.
The Moog Club, also en El Raval, is right on La Rambla and easily found due to its central location. Another techno club, it is small in nature and open 365 days a year. Two small dance floors, one upstairs and one downstairs, cannot contain the crowds that gather when the beat starts strobing and the lights come up. The committed DJs bring in heavy crowds and popularity grows, mainly because it remains open every night of the week.
With a capacity of about 800 people, Row 14 Club is just beyond Barcelona Airport and offers an indoor/outdoor clubbing experience. A retractable roof allows an open atmosphere where a more freeing encounter may ensue. The downside is, Row 14 is hard to find and preparation must be made in order to find an acceptable route to the place. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, this club is rocking and hospitable. Techno, drums, bass, and the sound of a custom party place all play a part in the enjoyability once the crowd hits.
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