Barcelona nightlife has busylights. It is not surprising that bars and pubs have mushroomed to cater to different themes that may appeal to different tastes as well as budgets. So get rid of those dull and bored feelings by cruising around the city for that bar of your choice.

Local hangouts

In your night adventures around the city, you might bump into local bars where you will meet some people in Barcelona playing cards. They might throw that funny look at you when you walk in but do remember that getting accepted in these joints would mean an integration among the locals. You may also check out those Irish/ English pubs with bar staff speaking in English. These local pubs have their own ambiance and you may find their quiz nights, language exchanges and live gigs to be most interesting.

Where to wander

Customer preference is priority in this city of booze and buzz as bars tend to outdo each other in terms of comfortableness, impressiveness and uniqueness. Walk along the Gothic and Born districts and step into the Raval and Gracia for those very special little surprises that you’ll return for. Port Olympic is the place for people who prefer a mad pub crawl and who have some cash stashed for spending. There are also bars there that pose as clubs and offer expensive drinks.


Most of the bars and pubs have put up an outdoor terrace but surcharge is usually added to the drinks ordered. Some establishments may have “pay upon order” policy, but most bars let the customers settle the bill before they leave the place. It is important to take note of how may drinks you have ordered because some bars have been notorious to “accidentally” ask payment charge for a few extra drinks that weren’t ordered. Foreigners are the common victim of this modus. You may tip the bar staff, but it is not required.

Here are a few of the bars in the city:

Dry Martini Bar (Address: C/ Aribau 162-166 08036 Barcelona / Phone: (+34) 93 217 5072 / Open: Mon – Fri 1pm – 2.30am; Sat 6.30pm – 3am / Metro: Diagonal)

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Dry Martini Bar is famous for its, well, dry martini drinks! Whether stirred or shaken, this popular drink, to which the bar was named after, is just one of the reasons why many patrons crowd this bar every night. The perfect bar for the grown-ups, Dry Martini Bar also serves other cocktails that cost from €10 up.

Premier (Address:Provença 236 / Phone: (+34) 93 532 1650 / Open: Tues – Sat 6pm – 2.30am / Metro: Diagonal)

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This small cocktail bar is located at the heart of L’Eixample. It is popular among the yuppies or those in their late 20s and early 30s group because of its cozy yet cool setting. Aside from serving good cocktails and other drinks, this bar also caters for several occasions.

Espit Chupitos (Address: C. Aribau, 77 08036 Barcelona / Phone: (+34) 699 773 674 / Metro: Universitat)

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In English, “Chupitos” means “shot”; and this is exactly what Espit Chupitos is – a shot bar. With over 500 shots to choose from, customers are in for a treat in this bar! Some shots are named pretty straightforward, the others are somehow teasing for you to find out yourself. Each shot costs only €2, so it’s definitely friendly to the pocket.

7Sins Bar (Address: c/ Muntaner 7 / Phone: (+34) 93 453 6445 / Metro: Universitat)

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Elegant yet informal, 7Sins Bar boasts of its line of premium gins and popular rums and spirits. It also has a variety of “sinful” cocktails that would make your visit in this bar even more exciting. Other than the drinks, this bar also serves succulent hamburgers and tasty Sirloin steaks.

Miramelindo (Address: Passeig del Born, 15 / Phone: +34 933 10 37 27 /Open: Mon – Sun 8pm – 2.30am /Transit: Barcelona-Estacio de Franca)

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This emblematic bar is characterized with its colonial style in the neighbourhood of La Ribera. Its signature mojito features mint, rum, and lime mixed to a Cuban rhythm. They also serve strawberry mojito, Caipirinha which is a “Brasilian classic served up Barcelona style”, and the Virgil Fruit Cocktail which is a “mixture of fresh seasonal fruits served without alcohol”.