Don’t know what to do at night in Barcelona? If you like bars, pubs, concerts and other lively places, what better than a night out in Barcelona to feel the atmosphere of a neighborhood where it’s good to go out
Here is my selection of the best places to spend a good evening and among other things admire the famous Pedrera of Gaudí illuminated at night Get to know the Catalan cuisine by visiting the tapas bars of La Rambla or go to aattend a classical music concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
I’ve put together my top tips to help you prepare for your eclectic night out in Barcelona
Enjoy the beauty of the city in a different way with my list of nightlife in Barcelona.
Hit the tapas bars on La Rambla in Barcelona
In Spain, people tend to eat much later than in the rest of Europe. Don’t expect to be able to eat out before 9pm or even 10pm.
However, to help you wait, don’t hesitate to visit the many tapas bars scattered throughout Barcelona at night.
Almost every bar offers small plates of tasty Spanish food, such as braised chorizo, fried calamari and spicy patatasbravas.
Rather than going from bar to bar on your own, book a tapas night with a guide who will show you around La Rambla and treat you to some of Barcelona’s most authentic tapas bars.
You can also visit Youbarcelona.com for a free night out.
Go out for dinner with a view of Barcelona lit up
After some delicious tapas and a stroll through the lively streets, book a table for dinner at Bar Mirablau, a popular restaurant located on Tibidabo Mountain.
This modern restaurant has a huge outdoor terrace with one of the best views in the city.
Choose your favorite dishes from the Mediterranean menu, go dancing at the club or relax with a cocktail or two while watching the sun set (or rise) over the city.
Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m
Have a nightcap at Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar
Stroll along La Rambla, an ideal program to discover the true character of Barcelona, but don’t forget to visit the city’s oldest cocktail bar, Boadas Cocteleria, and you’ll go back in time to appreciate the unique charm of the Catalan capital.
Dress up for the occasion and get ready for a trip back to 1933.
Think waxed wood, sepia photographs and high-end cocktails brought to you by tuxedoed waiters.
Open Monday through Thursday from 12 noon to 2 a.m. and Friday through Saturday from 12 noon to 3 a.m
Enjoy a classical music concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana
Get ready for a relaxing moment in your hectic vacation by purchasing a ticket to a concert at the Palau de la MúsicaCatalana, a magnificent Art Nouveau concert hall created in 1905 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Designed by the modernist artist Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it is a typical Art Nouveau monument with colorful stained glass windows and baroque vaults.
Remember to reserve your seats in advance, as the shows offered range from baroque choral music to classical opera.
Open for visits Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Spend the evening in Barcelona admiring Gaudí’s work by night
After a day spent roaming the streets discovering the work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí from Parc Güell to the Sagrada Família, why not visit Casa Milá, also known as La Pedrera, the stone quarry.
Although the site is open all day, it’s at night that this little museum really shines.
Book a guided tour and admire the stunning light effects that create an amazing atmosphere in the Passeig de Gràcia courtyard, or walk among Gaudi’s iconic stone works on the rooftop terrace.
The two-hour guided tour includes a glass of cava (the famous sparkling wine produced in Catalonia) and is one of the must-do activities in Barcelona.
Make a wish at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
In front of the Palau Nacional, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona and a must-see for all tourists.
Built for the Barcelona International Exposition that took place in 1929, every night at nightfall the fountain is dressed in bewitching lights for incredible sound and light shows.
Starting in April, you can attend performances every 30 minutes between 9 and 10 p.m. or until 11 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday night.
In autumn and winter, the shows take place between 8 and 9 pm, only on Friday and Saturday nights.
Metro: Plaça Espanya
Enjoy a delicious gin and tonic at night in one of Barcelona’s gintonerias
After a day spent exploring the city, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a local bar in the evening in Barcelona with a cool gin and tonic.
Rubí Bar, located on the trendy Carrer dels Banys Vells, is the perfect place to enjoy an impressive selection of high quality gin.
In this small, intimate and eclectic bar, you can try recipes like the strawberry-basil gin or the chili gin among more than 50 different gin-based cocktails.
Subway: Jaume I
Open Monday to Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Friday to Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m
For a more classical evening in Barcelona: Treat yourself to a night at the opera
Barcelona’s opera scene dates back to the mid-19th century, when the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the city’s elegant opera house, opened its doors.
With its lavish baroque and rococo lobby and incredible red and gold auditorium, since its opening the opera house has hosted some of the biggest names in ballet, dance and classical opera.
I hope this list of my favorite places will give you some ideas for going out if you don’t know what to do at night in Barcelona. If you have any other suggestions for bars, restaurants etc. to have a good time, please let me know in the comments.