When people from Barcelona go out at night, they really mean night; restaurants and bars are busiest around 10pm and most clubs do not warm up until around 2am, so if you are heading out, expect to be late, or early, returning to bed.
PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA
Opened in 1908, the Palau de la Música Catalana remains one of the finest concert halls in the world, and is a cultural highlight of Barcelona.
A Unesco World Heritage Site, the Palau Música Catalana is well worth a visit, even if you are unable to attend one of their famous concerts. If you do decide to attend any of the fantastic musical offerings, then the Palau Música Catalana will provide an exclusive VIP experience, including a special meal in an exclusive area, such as the LLuis Millet Room, or a private concert with gala dinner.
All serious cocktail lovers should head for Boadas.
Ideally located at the top of Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Established in 1933, the bar is a great place to head for a pre-dinner drink; expect the quality of the drinks to keep you coming back for more. The bartenders are true professionals, and the daiquiris alone are worth traveling to Barcelona for.
Situated on Mount Tibidabo, this cocktail bar offers a staggering view of Barcelona.
The beach, the Sagarda Família, and the skyline of Barcelona are all beautifully illuminated and visible through the enormous windows at the side of the bar. The cocktails are high-quality, and the bar has a laid-back vibe, as most of the guests are happy to relax and chat while they enjoy the breathtaking scene out of the window. With its intimate feel, Mirablau is a great place to come for a romantic drink.
GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU
One of Spain’s finest opera houses, the Liceu was rebuilt for a second time after being partially destroyed by fire in 1994, and never fails to impress visitors with its opulence.
Guided tours are available for those wishing to sample the fabulous modernist design; however the real delight comes in witnessing a performance. Take a seat among the splendor and savor the atmosphere as you enjoy some of the finest operas in the world, with performances from stars such as Montserrat Caballé, Josep Carreras and Jaume Aragall. The opera house is one of the finest in Europe, and the Liceu hosts major opera productions throughout the year as well as ballet and symphony concerts.
THE SUTTON CLUB
A well-known rendezvous for the stylish clientele of Barcelona, the Sutton Club is one of the city’s hottest hang outs.
The club, opened in 2001, has earned a reputation for attracting high-class clientele; the guest list has been known to feature stars such as actor Nicolas Cage and sport stars such as Ronaldhino, Deco, Ronaldo, Carlos Puyol, Gemma Mengual and Rafael Nadal. The club is made up of seven different environments and has two VIP areas that offer a chance to mingle with the great and the good of Barcelona. The Sutton Club is a must for those who love to dance the night away, as the club features a DJ and a spacious dance floor.
CARPE DIEM LOUNGE CLUB
Ideally located on the beachfront, Carpe Diem Lounge Club is the place to be seen in Barcelona.
The view over the beach provides the perfect setting for this exclusive club, and the VIP area is a series of white chill out beds, where the crème de la crème of the Barcelona social scene can be seen sipping drinks; expect to see many of FC Barcelona’s footballers in Carpe Diem. The club’s relaxed vibe makes it perfect for those who want to enjoy their drinks in a fashionable area, but an atmosphere which is lively enough to keep guests entertained all night long.
Wine connoisseurs need look no further than Monvínic; the ultimate wine bar, which approaches drinking wine with an enthusiasm and intensity rarely seen in any bar.
The bar has a chic and comfortably modern décor; however the star attraction is undoubtedly the wine list, which is vast enough to require a computer tablet to make searching for the right vintage a more pleasurable experience. As can be expected with such a prestigious selection, Monvínic features rare wines from all over the world, and if you are unfamiliar with any of the wines on offer then check out the extensive library that the bar holds. For those truly passionate about wine, there is the exclusive ‘Friends of Monvínic’ club, which includes preferential access to tastings, invitations to presentations and conferences and advice on the creation of private cellars.
WATCH FC BARCELONA AT CAMP NOU
Ask any Catalonian what their true passion is and you are more than likely to receive the same response: FC Barcelona.
This fantastic football team plays at Camp Nou, one of the most impressive stadiums in the world with a seating capacity of 99,354. While a day visit to the stadium is a great option and will provide an interesting tour of the ground, the most exciting option is attending a game, which will give you the opportunity to watch stars dazzle you with their football skills. VIP tickets give you the chance to secure the best seats in the house or an exclusive box, which offers unparalleled comfort as well as a fantastic view of the pitch. Games are usually played on Saturday and Sunday evenings and the season runs from August to May.
A three-story building based on a New York disco, Otto Zutz is the ideal destination for those who like nothing better than to dance into the small hours.
The party does not really start until 2am, making it a venue of choice for the serious party goers of Barcelona. The music is mainly hip-hop, RnB and funky house; and dress code is definitely dress to impress. While this may be the club of choice for those looking to let their hair down, it is still a seriously trendy venue; expect to see some famous faces in the crowd, here to enjoy the music on offer from top DJs.
A CASINO BY THE SEA
In the Port Olímpic next to the iconic Hotel Arts, Casino Barcelona offers a rich gaming universe between 10am and 5am.
French and American roulette, blackjack tables, mini baccarat, “Caribbean poker style”, Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker, the very latest in slot machines, restaurants to suit every taste, bars, disco… countless leisure possibilities that will give all our visitors a pleasant surprise.
The extensive slot machine gallery, with interconnecting islands and big jackpots, leads into the main room with the traditional gaming tables, the Gaming Lessons zone, the High Limits and the Poker Place, where cash games and major national and international championships are staged every day.
IN SPRING: POKER
Casino Barcelona becomes the capital of the poker world with the most important competitions: the Full Tilt Poker Series, in spring, the World Poker Tour—bringing together the 400 best international gamblers—and the Unibet Open.
Summer sees the arrival of the top European competition: the European Poker Tour. With a thousand participants, it is the great festival of poker, which will be held in Barcelona for the eighth year running.
MORE THAN GAMING AT CASINO BARCELONA
The casino’s culinary offer is truly impressive with a collection of restaurants and bars catering for all tastes; while Buffet del Casino provides seasonal ingredients and show cooking, Magnvm serves gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and Aji focuses on Japanese-Peruvian fusion fare. These are complemented by La Vinoteca wine cellar, La Terraza cocktail terrace and the casual Slot Bar.