Being one of the most visited cities in the world, it can be a bit of a challenge to escape the throngs of tourists and find some authentic local culture in Barcelona. But the raging nightlife here isn’t just for the year-round influx of travelers. The Catalonians are the ones who led the way in making this bustling beach town the party destination that it has become renowned for.
Experiencing the nightlife here is as much a part of immersing yourself in the culture as speaking the language or finding the best neighborhood tapas. Luckily, we at Party Earth know your struggle, so we are taking you away from the loud debauchery of the drunken vacationers and have found some of the best local bars and clubs in Barcelona. So brush up on your Spanish, adjust your internal clock, and check out these three picks that won’t leave you disappointed.
Located in El Born, Pitin Bar is a charming cocktail joint with a half-century history since being transformed from a former supermarket. The glossy bar and friendly décor of hanging Christmas lights welcomes locals for a well-crafted cocktail amidst the tranquil space, and the intimate mezzanine upstairs is a favorite hangout with those familiar with the area. Pitin is one of the trendiest bars in Barcelona for anyone looking for a relaxing environment to spark up a conversation with the residents.
A popular destination with locals of all ages, and hidden in a courtyard from the wandering eyes of the uninformed, it’s not the accent that makes El Jardí so authentic. The idyllic Gothic stone that surrounds the space provides an appropriate Catalonian décor, while thirsty patrons gather under the tropical canopies for cold drinks and tasty tapas under the warm Barcelona night. Later on, live jazz or DJs spinning tracks entertain the happy guests, and ensure that El Jardí is always lively but never rowdy.
The Spanish are known for their wild side, so when you’re ready to join the party for a night of dancing, gather your chicest outfit and check out City Hall. Housed in an old theater, the velvet drapes and high spotlights now add to the lavish décor of one of the city’s most stylish nightclubs. Pounding music and vivid lightshows get the fashionistas and local playboys onto their feet for a decadent night that’s a can’t-miss in a town famous for its clubbing. The glamorous City Hall parties till morning, so your next bout of local immersion will be looking for the nearest tortilla (omelet) shop.
By Party Earth