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Spirit of the night: Exploring Barcelona after Dark

Barcelona after dark

Off to Barcelona with a usual itinerary to do local sightseeing during the day is very cliché. Of course, there are a number of beaches to see and Antoni Gaudi’s impressive architectures to visit. But this Catalan capital and also the most popular tourist city in Spain comes alive at night with beautiful street lights decorating the city and offering some of the most fun-filled experiences for tourists. Certainly a bonus for nocturnal!

Check out these top things to do in Barcelona from late evening to early morning. Your call would be to place them in order the way you want.   

Casa Mila (aka La Pedrera)

This has been declared as a world heritage site by the UNESCO. Casa Mila has opened up for tourists “The Origins” show offering a night tour to the beautiful architecture. Witness the magic at night with a tour through the Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer de Provença courtyards, the Espai Gaudi and the Roof-terrace. End the tour with a scrumptious meal at Café La Pedrera. Enjoy this memorable moment by night gazing the gleaming city of Barcelona.

Indulge in Sunset view of Barcelona

Barcelona city view

Sunset views are mesmerizing always and to do that in a new city is a different experience. Barcelona offers an array of sunset viewpoints where you can chill, relax and have fun sipping on to some bird dog whiskey. Some of the famous sunset spots in Barcelona can be traced easily by asking the locals or your tour guide. To make the experience even more exciting you can take a sunset cruise and enjoy the serenity of the sea as you view the sun going down.

Drop by Some Amazing Bars

Women partying

Barcelona has quite a thrilling nightlife and the locals would agree. There are some amazing bars in the city offering the best food, drinks, and great music. Some even include regular live performances grooving the crowd throughout the night. Order yourself a Glenlivet 12 and make the most of the moment in such a happening city. La Terraza is very famous and trendy among locals and tourists alike. Ever thought a bar can teach you some history? Yes, the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona – Boadas Cocktails is one to look out for. The spirit of the city’s nightlife comes alive in these bars.   

Experience the Opera

Liceu theater in Barcelona

If you haven’t ever been to an opera, you can do it here in Barcelona. Some of the most popular opera venues are El Palau de la Música Catalana and Gran Teatre del Liceu. To know about the city’s history and culture what else could a better way than this. Do make sure you have your tickets booked early. It will surely be a once in a lifetime opportunity.   

The Delightful Magic Fountain of Montjuic

If your travel companion includes kids, they will love it and have a gala time at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. It shows some spectacular display of light, motion in colors along with music and even water acrobatics. Created in the year 1929, by another well know Catalan architect Carles Buigas, the fountain displays a show every half an hour. Depending on the season the show timings usually vary between 20:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs or 21:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs or 21:30 hrs to 22:30 hrs.

Experience the Open-air Cinema at Sala Montjuic

air open cinema in barcelona

photo credit: Sala Montjuic

By now you must have realized how exceptionally enjoyable a Barcelona trip could be. This is another reason attracting locals as well as tourists visiting the city during mid-summer. You need to hike up to the Montjuic castle to witness this wonderful experience of open-air cinema. Watch the best films in their original language with Spanish subtitles for the convenience of the locals. Grab some blankets and pillows, a chair and have some nutritious night snacking treats.

Take a Tapas Tour

You are in Spain, you ought to take a tapas tour no matter where in Spain you travel. Barcelona has some incredible bars and restaurants offering you some of the delicious Spanish cuisines. You will need a local food expert to enlighten you about the dishes. It is a practical way to know more about the city, make new friends, and learn a lot from all the hopping between the places.  

Dine at the Fabra Observatory

Yet another exquisite experience you can have in Barcelona is dining at the terrace of Fabra observatory. Besides offering observation and study of astronomy, meteorology, and seismology, it also offers unique dine-in experience during summers under the clear blue sky. You can ride off on a romantic getaway with your loved one and make sure you order some chocolates online to make the moment even more special.  

Go on a Clandestine Dinner

A fantastic Barcelona culinary experience that happens upon sunset. Here, you’ll mingle with fun people, enjoy a selection of Mediterranean gastronomy and an open bar with the best wine and spirit brands of Spain. The locations are secret and revealed just a couple of days in advance. Be sure you book and expect the best for the evening.

Enjoy a free outdoor concert in the park

Between July and August, the Barcelona Parks get lively at night with an amazing concerts agenda. Check the official concert schedule, this is a free activity that you shouldn’t miss in case you are around in summer.

Dance the night away

Barcelona is a city of rumba, electronic music, and music festivals. Just google what’s going on any week of the year and you’ll be amazed. There are also several areas to party in Barcelona, and all have a different character. At the Raval district, you’ll find the iconic Moog club, a mecca for electronic music lovers and El Cangrejo, an iconic bar where Madonna used to hang out in Barcelona. At Poblenou you’ll find the big clubs, being Razzmatazz the most important one. As well, around Diagonal Avenue, there are plenty of upscale clubs. Another cool area to party in Barcelona is Gracia, which has a laid back atmosphere. In summer plenty of students hang out at the plazas with a can of beer.

Chill out at a chiringuito by the beach

Go to the beach in Barcelona, around the Barceloneta area, and you will find plenty of spots by the beach that serve cocktails and some food. They are open all day until midnight. It is a great way to start planning for the night.

Rent a boat

This is a super cool activity to organize with friends, rent a boat in Barcelona and get into the waters of the Mediterranean sea, party like a local and enjoy a unique view of the city.

Go paddle surfing

Another cool activity to do at night in Barcelona is to go paddle surfing. The waters are quite calm and you will enjoy amazing views of the city.

Enjoy the atmosphere of the old Marsella Bar

Nested in the middle of the Raval (aka the Chinese quarter), Marsella bar is an iconic spot that used to serve real absinthe back in the days to an eclectic clientele. These days it is more a reminiscence of a wild past, and plenty of tourists visit it. The atmosphere has changed, but not the furniture. It is worth the hype.

Go to a drag queen performance

Get to the timeless bar El Cangrejo. At around 11 pm on the weekends, they organize Drag Queen performances, they drop a bunch of jokes and after their party goes on. It is a fantastic bar where you will exit and will notice that is sunrise time.

Jump to a rooftop bar

Enjoy a drink close to the skies. There are plenty of rooftop bars in Barcelona, and they always have a nice arrangement to start the night.

Eclipse Bar views

Drink a bottle of cava at the Bunkers

Get your best cava, a couple of glasses and go to Bunkers El Carmel to enjoy the sunset and start a fantastic night out in Barcelona.

Slip into one of the best speakeasy of the world 

Yes! One of the best cocktail bars is in Barcelona. Visit Dry Martini, enjoy the glamorous atmosphere and sip amazing cocktails.

There you go! Doesn’t it make you plan a trip to Barcelona straight away? These are very tempting travel experiences one can gain only in this Catalan city. Whether you want to party all night or just leisurely walk around the city streets, absorb the beauty of its creative architectures, you can do it all. Day or night Barcelona has something for everyone.

Author’s Bio: Rebecca is a blogger who loves to write in different verticals. She co-authored Supercharge Organic Traffic: A popular course focusing on Organic Traffic for E-commerce. Her hobbies are traveling and reading.