Barri Gracia, Barcelona
I found Café Arabe (also known as maqha 9arabiyya, Arabic for Arabic Coffee House) by pure chance. I was staying in Gràcia and was wondering around the area near Plaça del Sol with a horrible headache. There are literally billions of Arab restaurants in this area, and I thought that arab coffee might help ease the pain. I went into a few restaurants asking if they made arab coffee, and they all said no, but at the fifth establishment they misunderstood what I wanted and thought I was asking for the restaurant Café Árabe. I got directions and after about 5 minutes or so I was inside the establishment, which looked like something out of a movie about French administered Lebanon. The interior of the building is done in dark woods with low tables and couches, while the outside garden has similar low tables and chairs, but they are more widely spaced out. The staff is friendly and accomodating, and the coffee is very good - served in the traditional small pot with little glasses. They also serve alcoholic drinks and sweets. Best of all, there is none of that blaring Gypsy Kings and pseudo-Arabic house crap that is standard at so many Middle Eastern-inspired restaurants. Instead, they have a huge screen TV with satellite music channels beamed in from Lebanon - the crowning touch in making sure it all feels authentic.
Dress Code: This is café, so there is no real dress code (other than, say, that you must be dressed). If you're going at night, remember that this is in Gràcia, so dressing up might mean looking like a hippie, or it might be being in the bizarre wardrobe of fashionista-anarchistics.
The old district of Gràcia was an independent town until 1897, the year it was amalgamated into Barcelona. The urban layout of the neighbourhood, with its narrow streets and small squares, contrasts with the grid layout of the Eixample district. Today, Gràcia retains the village atmosphere of bygone years and, at the same time, is one of the most popular neighbourhoods with young people. Traditional shops stand side by side with unique bars and restaurants, and houses featuring outstanding examples of Catalan art-nouveau architecture, such as Gaudí’s Casa Vicens and Domènech i Montaner’s Casa Fuster. The lively atmosphere of the neighbourhood culminates with its main festival the "festa major" held in mid-August.
Eating and drinking, people warching, dancing, live music; find it all here. Barri means barrio, but it is how Spanish people call a certain area, not necesarily a getto. Actually, here is one of the most expensive areas of Barcelona to live in and to shop in. As you wlk though the streets, you will find all kinds of spots to stop in; DO IT! it is pretty safe and will find great food, drinks, music......
Dress Code: Depending on the kind of activity you´d like to do. Avoid thennis shoes if you want to go dancing or to a nice restaurant, but dress casual if you´d like
"La casa de Cuba a Barcelona"
We ended up at a nice Cuban bar drinking coctails. It was a great way to end this first evening at Barcelona and it was so nice to meet Pere and Eva and I like to thank them for the lovely time we had together.
Dress Code: casual but no one will complain if you dress up exotic `-)
If you are in Barcelona, with frinds, and want to enjoy the night don't miss GRACIA. It's an old neighbourhood in the city where youth can find the best atmosphere. Pubs, bars, squares to hang out and smoke... Personally, it's the heaven and a place that sometimes bad informed turists miss. You can dance, you can take something while laughing, you can meet new people, and sometimes you can join parties outside with live music. Wonderful for me. If you're looking for a "lazy" and comfortable place to go aut you must come.
Dress Code: There are all kinds of people there but perhaps it would be a kind of hippie. Go the way you like antway, you will fit there.
There are many different things to do in Barcelona... as in all the cities there are discos everywhere but..I think there's something that makes Barcelona unique.. if you like sitting in a bar chatting with friends and having a good time.. how about going to Gràcia or el Gòtic???? El Barri Gòtic is a quite good place to go out at night. Bars are normally open till late (until about 3 am) on Thursdays (yes, it is avery common to go out on Thursdays here!!), Fridays and Saturdays in both places. But I fondly recommend everybody to go to Gràcia, beacuse this way you will experiment the real life of people from Barcelona, faaaaaar from the touristical places!! To get there, just take the undergroung till Joanic (next to the underground station there is a 'xurreria' open all night where u will be able to eat fries and xurros at any time) and search for la plaça del Sol, where you will find all kinds of people having fun or maybe just sitting on the floor!! Or simply go to one of the many bars there are!!!
If I ever see something like that... I will tell you!! You can find the most exotic bars you can imagine, and all kinds of restaurants, of all nationalities. And it's not expensive! Normally the entrance to a bar is free and... well, look, I went there yesterday and payed 2 euros for a beer and 4 for a cocktail...
Dress Code: You can dress simply as you wish!!! In any case, most people is dressed normally, in jeans and a normal t-shirt or whatever. It's not common but maybe ou won't be allowed to enter some places, be careful with the shoes you wear! Just try to avoid going with trainers and no problem