Bar hopping at Maremagnum will not give you a very authentic taste of the local nightlife, but it sure is fun. These bars are large enough to dance and they have fun pop music, as well as all sorts of reasonably priced drinks. The clientele is made up almost entirely of tourists who are very casually dressed and for the most part leave pretty drunk. If you're up for a carefree night, Maremagnum is a good choice.
Dress Code: Very casual.
I've just returned, was there yesterday and it's THE BEST PLACE I'VE EVER BEEN in my whole life, ever. Yes, i am fairly immature, spanish guy hungry and into ridiculous dancing but im sure i'm speaking for many and this is the place to go if you're young and non-pretentious. Drinks were cheap i believe, entrance was free, occasional free shots given, beautiful dance floors, beautiful outside chilling area, beautiful beautiful beautiful boys, great dancers, superbly international, not too many girls which is always good, great music, podiums, poles, the nicest people i've ever met and i am actually lost for words about Maremagnum. If only I could be there now.............
Dress Code: Casual dress code, we were a little dressed-up but if you do want to make more of an effort it's greatly appreciated.
Right behind the monument of Christopher Columbus is a body of water and in it is a man-made cute little island. Here is the famous Maremagnum of Barcelona. Speaking of ten years back, Maremagnum was a hit place to be in for disco as they have all kinds of nice enjoyable music for all ages. Until these past few years, I have been avoiding to take friends or even relatives to their disco as there has been too many fights and quarrels. Lets not forget that they too have TAPÀ bars out there, but I find it a bit overpriced, although it´s really a wonderful walking area feeling the seabreeze. Out here is where we have the IMAX movie theather, then in these same area is the Barcelona Aquarium and not too far from these is the Museum and History of Catalunya which is quite interesting if your from Barcelona or the surrounding barrios.
Dress Code: As casual as you could get and at nights you could put on your dancing shoes! If you think you would hung till wee hours of the night, bring a bit of wind breaker as even during the month of August, it can get a bit nippy early mornings.
Maremagnum is actually a single night club, but a complex of several night clubs. In one side of the large hall there is street with 5 different night clubs and in the upper floor some places more.
If you come before 2am, you will most propably get free flyers outside the night clubs. They all have the same offer: free entrance and 2 drinks in the price of one. However, since one small beer costs 4 euros, it is quite expensive to be in these places. One vodka lemon drink costed 7,5 euros and for some reason it seemed that the alcohol level in those drinks seemed to be quite low.
We ended up in a place called "fiesta". There were a lot of British tourists there, both girls and boys. The boys drank themselves out of the place and later in the evening the local gigolos came to attract the British girls (with success I would guess).
If you want to be with other tourists and expensive prices are not a problem, you should propably consider this place.
If you want to be more with locals and buy cheaper drinks, you could propably try e.g. Otto Zuzt night club. We were standing some tens of minutes in front of it and there were a lot of cool locals going to the place.
This comprises of a bunch of clubs that each play different music, depending on your tastes, such as hip hop, trance, and salsa. Many have free admission, even for the men, and decent drink prices. These clubs tend to get very crowded and hot...also, beware of very persistent men...
Dress Code: Club attire. Dress coolly because it gets HOT.
Nightlife in Barcelona is very amusing, as it occurs in the other non-summer fun capitals in Spain: Madrid and Valencia.
But also Barcelona takes benefit of its very huge tourism and its population, which allows going out to clubs even at any day of the week 'til the sunrise. A great advantage if you want to go out on monday or tuesday.
As for weekends (including thursday nights), the city is crowded of night hawks and lively nightlife. But in this case, in a way not as proportional as in Valencia, where even there are traffic jams all over the city with nocturnal masses, and zones with streets crowded of people having fun.
The areas for night leisure are very scattered and not so concentrated, but for tourism I think the better choice is the Port Olímpic. Anyway, try to get a night guide or look up on the Internet.
Dress Code: As Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city, you'll see many kinds of people all around. So it's difficult for anybody to feel ridiculous or to make a fool of oneself. Barcelona's people is generally very tolerant.
Maremagnum at the end of the 'ramblas' offer so many choices:pubs,samba clubs etc...
But its very touristic,everbodys there.So if u want some real spanish nigths u should try the back streets of the old town.
The night is cool in BCN: one of the most known places is the 'Maremagnum' a modern place plenty of different's disco's and pubs in the modern Olympic harbour.
At the end of the Ramblas there is the old port, and crossing a modern wooden bridge you arrive at Maremagnum area: a hot night spot, with tapas bars, restaurants, latin American bars and clubs. Many and many people comes here on the summer nights to have fun and dance all night long. Another similar night spot is the olimpic port, a renewed zone for the 1992 olimpic games: here you go thru other restaurants bars, drag queens and many shouting people.
No question: Maremagnum, down at the port. It's a huge complex of discos, bars and theaters out on the water. There's no cover for any of the discos, but the drinks are damn expensive. I recommend getting liquored up back at your place of lodging, then heading to the discos around midnight. There are many discos, and some cater to specific musical tastes (like the great salsa disco on the bottom floor). Personally, I recommend the cheesy-sounding-but-really-fun 'Star Winds' on the top floor. They put on some hot electronica around 2AM.
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