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April 23, 2010

Barcelona Nightlife

The capital city of Catalonia and the second largest city of Spain, the “Ciudad Condal” Count city, Barcelona is located in the comarca of Barcelonès, along the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs.

Barcelona is the largest port and industrial, commercial, cultural and educational centre of Spain. The old city is stuffed with a wealth of unique historic architecture and the handsome modern city of Barcelona has broad avenues, bustling traffic, and remarkable new buildings.

Barcelona is a popular tourist destination offering a large number of tourist attractions including the old city, Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (13th–15th cent.), the Church of Santa María del Mar, the city hall, the Lonja or exchange, the Church of the Sagrada Familia (begun 1882), the Fine Arts Museum of Catalonia, the Picasso Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, a noted opera house, etc.

Barcelona is famous for its great nightlife. The city offers one of the most vibrant nightlifes in the Europe. The city has numerous fashionable bars, pubs, clubs, and restaurants operating nearly in every major district. The city also has a large number of tascas (taverns) that are pretty popular and inexpensive to spend an evening with a bottle of wine. The official legal age for drinking in Barcelona (Spain) is 18, but it’s not strictly followed. Smoking is popular part of the city culture, and the city has rarely any bar having a nonsmoking section.

Alfresco drinking is very popular in the city. Plaça del Sol in Gràcia, Passeig del Born, Plaça del Pi, and Plaça Reial in the Old Town are some nice places to enjoy night outings. Squares are also popular drinking haunts for groups of teenagers. The beach bars of the city also get crowded during night. Barcelona’s urban beaches have some of the nice bars that generally open at lunchtime (or late breakfast) and stay open until 2 or 3am. Some bars have nice music arrangements and others have live DJs/bands. There are a large number of bars and restaurants around the Olympic marina and port. Other areas filled with bars include the Carrer Avinyó in the Barri Gòtic, the Rambla del Raval in El Raval and the streets of El Born in La Ribera.

Barcelona nightlife features partying, carousing, dancing, eating, drinking, and merrymaking. The city has very electrifying night culture. Barcelona nightlife usually begins from about 8 to 9pm and the time from 11 pm to 2am are peak hours of the nightlife. The fun and frolicking go on and on till wee hours. Most of the fashionable places, pubs and clubs get extremely crowded at night. Many clubs stay open to as late as 6am. Most of the clubs have free entry and there are many clubs offering discounts, which can help you save between 5€ and 10€ ($5.75-$12). There are many clubs that charge for admission, but offer first drink free of cost. Drinks in Barcelona are pretty strong. A mixed drink (such as a cuba libre, which is a rum and coke) may cost between 5€ and 10€ ($5.75-$12).

Barcelona is a trendy city and serious clubbers are mostly swish people. Music is the soul of Barcelona nightlife. It makes the entire city rock on the popular melodies. All clubs have fine arrangements of music. In the summer the city offers a plenty of free entertainment from opera to Romanian gypsy music. The festivals such as El Grec (July-Aug) and La Mercè (late Sept) are the biggest musical offerings. “Guía del Ocio,” the Spanish magazine that previews “La Semana de Barcelona” (This Week in Barcelona), can help a lot to find out what’s going on in the city. The magazine is the best source of local information. Le Cool magazine (www.lecool.com) also carries an English summary of some of the more alternative options each week.

After enjoying a long night out, the night clubbers usually look for fine eateries. The city of Barcelona offers numerous eating joints for the night bashers. Guys can find fresh potato chips, long strips of greasy fried donut dough, and sometimes cups of hot chocolate to dip them in to, out of the center coming across a traveling churros stand. Some tapas bars, such as El Reloj (Vía Laietana 47) remain open late or very early. The markets usually have bars open early mornings except Sundays.

Bar Pinotxo in the Boqueria Market on Les Ramblas is the local favorite. One can buy a box of greasy, chocolate cream-filled doughy croissants for 2€ ($2.30) at the croissant factory hidden on the small Carrer Lancaster on the Raval side of Les Ramblas near the corner of Nou de la Rambla (opens about 5am).

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