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La Fira: Part fairytale, part Fellini
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Last news: we went around half past midnight on a Saturday night and found it shut. Perhaps it is seasonal, or perhaps it has gone. I'll try to update this tip... but in the meanwhile, better you know this place may be not there anymore (that would be a shame...)
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This is the place I like to go with first-time Barcelona visitors...
You should enter the place trough a corridor of distorting mirrors, at this point you can imagine you will not find a common place at the end.... A journey back to the wonderful world of the infancy.... or the forgotten set of a horror film, it depends on your mood or your own memories. The place will not left you indifferent.
Here, you can relax and have a drink sitting in a swing, opposite to a bar of the XIXth century under the shade of an incredible tent. Automats, fortune-tellers, carousel pieces, etc. A world of fantasy and imagination. The owner of this bizarre place brought the scraps of a disused fun fair (the old "Tibidabo") and created here a magical atmosphere.
Too quiet during weekdays, but crowded on weekends, after midnight.
Now it's a non-smoking bar, in case this means to you. For me it's another positive point! :)
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El Cangrejo: Queens of the night
ATTENTION: this place has re-opened, but not as it was :-(
I did not delete this tip as you can find other info that's not up to date
It once was one of my favorites to have some fun with friends. Old-style cabaret club, later in the night a fun dancing place. Now, after closing and renovating it, I've to say it has lost all its old charm.
I'm not sure if there is the drag-queens show, starting around 10 PM (the resident queen is Carmen de Mairena). It used to be quite fun (assuming you can understand Spanish) and sooooooo kistch and decadent. Hope it's still this way, but I doubt I'll go to check it
Later, around midnight, you can enter the place for 3 euros, a basic drink included (i.e. a regular beer, for special drinks you'll have to pay the difference). There is always crowded, you may have to queue to enter. Once inside, fun music from the 80's and a few latest hits
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LES GENTS QUE J'AIME: A different place to have a drink
Maybe from the outside you'd never imagine what a nice place is hiden behind the entrance. It's a very good place to have a drink and talk since the music is not too loud. The best of all is the decoration. You found sofas, tables and lamps like a kind of XIX th century french style. From 18-2.30h
Night Clubs: Danzatoria
Danzatoria also referred to as the Mansion, is a nice bar and club(free entrance) located on Mt.Tibidabo. The best time to go is during the warmer weather when you can wander on the very pretty outside terrace. This is a semi posh atmosphere, with mostly well dressed locals. Upstairs there is techno music and downstairs is hip hop, it has recently been redone so it is better than ever! If you don´t feel like dancing there are several areas to sit and enjoy a drink, (an expensive drink!). One tip leave before the bar closes because afterwards it will be hard to find a taxi.
Dress Code: trendy
4 great nightclubs: Hot spots for all tastes
Barcelona offers a great range of nightclubs, serving to all types and tastes. You'll surely enjoy one of these four...
1. Razzmatazz - big, made up of 3 rooms, each one with a different type of music. You'll find a great crowd, everyone's ready to party here. Live music is found here frequently, and if you're lucky you might catch a great band such as The Killers or Kasabian, both of who have performed here in the past.
2. Bikini - playing hip hop and funk to an eclectic clientele, BIkini is crowded but great fun. Drinks are around 11 euro each.
3. Pacha - the BCN site for this world famous club won't disappoint fans. You'll dance the night away in this club amidst cute and trendy locals and tourists. Music consists of house and techno.
4. Sutton - trendsetters in their early thirties will adore Sutton and its coolness, while younger visitors on a tight budget will probably prefer to go someplace else.
Dress Code: Razzmatazz and Bikini are quite laid back. Sneakers are allowed at both. On the other hand, Pacha and Sutton do call for a more polished look.
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Danzatoria: A pleasant dance floor with garden...
SORRY CLOSED DOWN IN 2006
Danzatoria is located up on the hill of Tibidabo. This former villa has been transformed into one of the best night clubs in Barcelona.
Various floors with four different ambiences and musical styles that make it accessible for everybody that loves to dance.
Great interior design and an impressive thousand-square-metre garden so you can chat and dance under the stars!
Drinks could seem you a little bit pricey but entrance is free of charge!
TIP: as the Club closed at 3AM, it could be tricky to get a taxi there, so leave before or prepare a Plan B.
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Jamboree: live music, and hip hop
Jamboree is a small but very popular club which has different things going on several nights of the week. Sometimes it has live music in the bar area downstairs, then later you can go upstairs and dance to hip-hop. It's a fun and casual place, no strict dress code. It's also easy to find since it's located on the placa reial.
Dress Code: Not too strict.
Night Clubs: Zentraus: Gorgeous place for free! :)
Do you like electronic music? That's your place. I was there last week and it has an amazing marble bar. And the surprise arrived with djs: international sets and for free!
Just one little problem: drinks costs around 6€ and 3 € for beer (anyway, like any club...)
They have a cool website with an schedule and pictures from the place: http://www.zentraus.com
Dress Code: Depending on the mood of the gatekeeper
Night Clubs: LA TERRAZZA
This Club is located within the Poble Espanyol building. It has an incredible, huge patio outdoors, surrounded by lots of plants and trees, used as a dance floor. The ambience is excellent!: good house music, great entertainment and lots of fun. The regulars are attractive men (most of them gay), and beautiful women wearing tiny dresses. Stylish and in fashion people. The door policy is very strict and 50% of the people cannot get in the nights that is completely packed.
This is the best club in Barcelona, especially in the summer. Great atmospehere and unforgettable sunrises from the terrace. It reproduces the style of the best clubs in Ibiza, with internationally known DJs and the regular Sergio Patricio. It is very disappointing for the locals when it closes in the winter. The tourists and foreigners that visit it once never forget it.
From Midnight to 06h
The prize of the entry is about 15 Euros
Only during the summer ....
Dress Code: Drinks cost: 7 EUR for spirits, 5 EUR for soft drinks and 3 EUR for still water.
Admission: 12 EUR (first drink included)
Open only during the summer
Night Clubs: Tunnel/spanish pop
Pronounced Too-nell, this place seemed to be one of the few authentically spanish/catalan nightclubs around. What I mean by that is that there were nearly all spanish students there the few times that I went. The entrance is about 14 euro with one drink included. The music is spanish pop and a little bit of salsa so it's a nice place to dance. Compared to other places though I think that Tunnel was pretty small(only one floor) and the price seemed too steep. But if you're looking for a place with mostly spanish students and you love spanish pop than this might be the place to go.
Dress Code: not too strict, maybe no sneakers for guys.
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Bikini: Bikini, salsa, techno
Bikini is a popular nightspot known for its salsa room, the night I was there on Thursday there is a professional salsa dancer who every half an hour or so will come out and lead everyone in a salsa dance It was really fun! There was another room playing a mixture of techno and popular music. The crowd in general her is a bit older than other clubs.
Dress Code: they do follow dress code here, no sneakers
Pacha: Clubbin' till 6 am
If you want to literally work up a sweat on the dancefloor, head out to Pacha. It's a bit far up diagonal (a good few blocks past the last metro stop on the greenline), but well worth the few extra Euro you may spend to get there. The Pacha in Ibiza is the original superclub, but this offshoot is no joke. It is an huge club playing only the latest and greatest house/trance music. As opposed to other clubs that are more "sceney" and about style, this is a no-nonsense club devoted to dancing. Be sure not to arrive before 2 am, or you'll be dancing alone!
Dress Code: No sneakers...not overly formal, nice Jeans, black shoes and a button down should get you in without a problem.
This place is interesting. It doesn't get started until VERY late. I don't recommend it unless you feel like raving. Seriously, it for a crazy until 9am night, the kind you usually don't plan on getting into.
Dress Code: Dress sexy/trendy. No sneakers, I think.
Lotus Theater: Cool live music shows
Last weekend I went to a very cool place. I arrived at about 00.30 and got to see part of a live music show, which was very good. It's called Lotus Theater and it is a new club in Barcelona. It opened on 10th July. From midnight to 1.30 there are cool live music performances: funk, soul, jazz, bossa nova, etc. And then, after these shows there are a couple of DJs playing music until 4.30 or 5 am.
There's a very relaxed atmosphere, very good looking people and the waiters are very fast in general. Drinks are about 9 euros but if you pay for the ticket (12 euros) you get a drink for free. It's open form Thursday to Sunday.
I didn't see many foreigners so I think it's for local people rather that tourists, but it's worth a visit!!
I think everyone visiting Barcelona should go and check it out.
Dress Code: Try to dress up, otherwise you'll feel awkward. Most people are smartly dressed.
No shorts or flip flops!!
Night Clubs: Bikini: Sunday is "Brazillian night"...ie. awesome
Bikini is expensive...luckily, when I was in Barcelona, I had a friend with a promoter boyfriend who hooked us up. However, for the average traveler, look for "flyers" when you're shopping, accept them from people on the street or beach--sometimes, you can really save $ on entry costs or drink costs with those little pieces of paper. MOVING ON...Brazillian Bikini became our Sunday night ritual after we realized how much fun it was! The club has multiple rooms, but in the largest there will be a live band and a ton of Brazillian ex-pats and travelers...so, lots and lots of good-looking people! Get down: drink (beforehand, if you are on a budget, drinks are very expensive!), dance, and flirt--you know the saying, "when in rome...". If you are lucky (like me) you may catch a glimpse of soccer superstar, Ronaldino, who is a Brazillian native and lights to hit up Bikini on Sunday nights (obviously, he is in the VIP section...). When you get tired of trying to Samba (basically a coordinated foot-seizure that white people, myself included, can not grasp), make your way into the hip-hop/dance room and boogie till 6 am. why? cause you can!
Dress Code: Dress to impress! Ladies who are lookin' fine are more likely to get in if there is a queue, or to get in cheaper. Men, don't wear your beat-up sneakers...obviously.
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