It seems like the southern part is more touristy and maybe dodgier at night. I had dinner north: safe, only restaurants, not much crowd, fancy people; then walked south to plaza catalunya: was offered weed, lots of tourists, attractions, shady people... Nothing happened though. Barcelona is not dangerous if you're careful. Enjoy!
There is a really nice bar on carrer de guardia, on the side street off Carrer de st monica, at the end of La ramblas (by drassanes). i forget its name. its a small yet exquisitely decorated place. It hosts drag queen shows, has a nice warm atmosphere, nice looking young people in their mid to late twenties and the people who run the bar are very very friendly. Prices are competitive and music is fun. When the drag queens finish, the music starts beating. check it out :)
Dress Code: Casual
Situated in Las Ramblas, between Liceu and Drassanes, this nightclub was a very negative experience! We were given two free passes on Easter saturday from a friend we met. these passes were supposed to be free entrance tickets, limited tickets. when we tried to go in the first time, the guy on the till said that only one of us could go in for free. the other had to pay eu 12. we found this strange as it was clearly written on the tickets that both were valid passes for a saturday night. besides, the three bouncers and the ticket girl at the door were very rude and arrogant!! we went for a walk and when we went back to BLVD again, just about to pay the rip off entrance fee, the door girl started screamin suddenly and the bouncers just jumped on my boyfriend and dragged him out!!! we could never make out what happened exactly but we reckon bouncers just didnt want us in for free. the police saw this happening, they came up to us and said that we can file a report against the bouncers but we didnt want to ruin d rest of the night because of rude bouncers.
When we went back to see our friend, he was very surprised that they did not let us in for free as these were obiously free tickets.
this club is *** and not worth a dime. bouncers are very aggressive and the door girl was extremely rude. i wouldnt recommend this place. Be careful because they will never charge the exact price and probably pocket the money.
Dress Code: no dress code
We had a great evening of live jazz at the London Bar on the Ramblas. Its not only a jazz bar but worth checking out who's on when you're there - very central just off the Ramblas and 5 mins walk from Pl Catalunya!
I have viseted Barcelona twice and on both occasions found some awesome little bars.
The Robin Hood Bar is a favorate loads of live music, and plenty of good atmosphere there, its a mix of Brits, Spanish and other foreign travellers.
Also we found a club at the top of the mariner, its hosts a mini golf course on the roof top and the surrounding bars have various styles of music to cater for everyones intersets.
Las Ramblas obviously is a great place to eat and drink!!
Dress Code: Feel free to Drees how you like.
Las Ramblas Is the main nightlife spot for tourists and spanish alike in Barcelona.
During the day the main street in packed with market stalls, artists, and overspill form the many bars, however by night it turns into and bar and night club mecca. You can find all tastes of music from traditinal spanish to R n B to north african back to heavy rock.
Unfortunatly you also get street mercants whom dont take no for an answer, as well as very friendly transexual prostitutes, who while at first are amusing can become very anonnying!
Dress Code: Anything goes
For a drink with the locals in Las Ramblas, which does seem an oyxmoron, try the Opera Bar in Las Ramblas. It's a popular haunt with the locals and the last time there, we had a long conversation on Spanish Politics with some of them. I don't speak Catalan or Castillian Spanish but French is sufficiently close to the former to allow us to communicate in the Gallic tongue. The beer was excellent, both the local lager and Laffe. The clientelle are eclectic, with 'black ties' coming in from the nearby Opera after the performance.
In conversation, don't make contraversial football or political statements. Barcelonians have long memories about the Spanish Civil War and are duplicitous about the Basque conflict, although all abhor the violent aspect of it.
Dress Code: casyual
A cocktail bar opened by Cuban-born Miguel Boadas in the 1940s and now run by his daughter, María Dolores, it's located in the middle of las Ramblas and has managed to retain its original charm. It's a tiny place with no tables, where you can stand at the bar and order from the long list of classic cocktails or try one of the house specials invented by Miguel himself, many of which pay tribute to real and fictional characters like Sofia Loren, Joan Miró and Frankenstein, while others are named after places in Barcelona.
Dress Code: The clientele is primarily locals. It is a favorite spot among politicians, professors, and other such working professionals. Full of regulars, this bar is a place friends come to sit down for some intense conversation in a family-run, friendly atmosphere.
This is a great place to people watch, conversate and sip on a generous glass of cava. It looks pretty posh inside and out, but is actually very casual. Seemed to be popular with locals as well as English tourists.
Dress Code: Casual. Jeans and sneakers ok. People were rather diversely dressed- some in nightclub attire, others in jeans.
Very nice place. It is a bar designed as a fairytale wood. It is a rather dark area (no daylight) complete with fake trees and streaming water. The public is very diverse and it is the ideal place for a relaxed drink or for meeting friends.
Just off the Ramblas, close to the Columbus statue. When walking in the direction of the sea/statue you will pass a ticket booth for the Wax Figures museum. Enter the arched alley to the left leading towards the museum itself and then turn right in front of the entrance. Follow the alley for 20 metres and you will find the entrance behind a black curtain on your righthand side.
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