Dot is a dance-bar in the dark and alley-like back streets around Plaça
Reial, with a coolness that has made it one of the most popular in the
old city. Calling itself a “light club”, Dot consists of two
spaces, a red-lit bar area for chat, and a small but functional dance
floor, through a futuristic door to the back. The sound system is top,
as is the music – Drum’n’bass, lounge, space funk, and
Opening hours: Sunday through Thursday from 22.00 to 2.30AM, Friday and
Saturday from 22.00 to 3.00AM.
Address: Calle Nou de Sant Francesc 7, 08002 Barcelona
Warm lighting, the most fought-over sofas in the city and an eclectic
selection of music at the hands of DJ Fred Guzzo, based in black roots,
are the trademarks of this bar, which has just celebrated its first anniversary.
Sophisticated settings, two spaces on different levels, where one can
have a drink and move to the sound of soul, funk, bossa, Latin Jazz or
Opening hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 17.00 to 2.30AM, Friday and
Saturday from 17.00 to 3.00AM.
Address: Calle Nou de Zurbano 3, 08002 Barcelona
A roomy, colorful bar/restaurant that serves very good Mexican food at
all hours at moderate prices. On Thursday and Sunday evenings, short performances
are held; on Friday and Saturday nights a varied crowd gathers for drinks,
nachos and guacamole. As you sip your blue drink, observe the weird, winged
light bulbs that serve as lamps, and the tiled artwork of nude, flying
women. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, try the Ibizan energy
cocktail, the Turbital.
Opening hours: Sunday and Monday from 19.00 to 2.00AM, Thursday from 19.00
to 2.30AM, Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 3.00AM.
Address: Calle Josep Anselm Clavé 6, Barcelona
Proof of Barcelona’s membership of European café society,
Schilling could almost be a sleek modern heir to the sort of grand café
that thrived in the days when the Habsburg empire was still intact (even
though the place only opened up in 1997). Spacious, elegant, hip and popular
– with a particularly large gay clientele – Schilling serves
a variety of enjoyable bocadillos, desserts and teas, as well as other
refreshments and alcohol.
Opening hours: Monday through Saturday from 10.00AM to 2.15AM, Sunday
from noon to 2.15AM.
Address: Calle Ferran 23, Barcelona
If you´re young and glam you´ll fit right in at Salsitas.
Everyone is a sweetie, so conversations won´t be difficult. One
of those places where you get all dressed up to dance around like a teenager
at a school disco. Earlier in the evening it is also a restaurant and
from 1.00AM it is to be considered a discotheque, with house, garage and
down-tempo sessions from the resident DJs Toni Bass, Sideral and J. Castelló.
Opening hours: Monday through Sunday from 23.00 to 3.00AM.
Address: Calle Nou de la Rambla 22, 08001 Barcelona
Moog expands the Mas family’s empire to encompass techno and electronic
dance. An excellent program of name DJ’s keeps this place perennially
popular with a happy, young, lively crowd. The dance-floor is smallish
and can get tight, but the upstairs ‘70s dance lounge offers some
relief. International DJ’s usually guest on Wednesday nights.
Opening hours: Monday through Sunday from 23.30 to 5.00AM.
Address: Calle Arc del Teatre 3, Barcelona
Two separate dance floors and a lounge, featuring techno-house, house
and deep-house, electropop and drum’n’bass, respectively.
Look? Red and white, with projections. Residence? On Friday Iván
Escura. Saturday, Raül. Guests? DJ’s such as Paco Osuna, Tito,
Cherry Bomb, Ben Sims, Elías or Baby G, among others. Entertainment?
The Mechanical Girls, who will be occasionally joined by Polly Say, a
model who has managed to catch the eye of Thierry Mugler and Pierre et
Gilles. Discover her yourself.
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday from 1.30AM.
Address: Av. Marquès D´Argentera (Estació de França),
Loved by many, old and young, La Paloma is a Barcelona institution. Until
1am on Thursdays, (until 2.30am on Fridays and until closing time on Saturdays
and Sundays) this ornate old ballroom offers live music (paso doble, cha
cha cha or bugaloo, and the occasional visiting group) for a mixed, mostly
middle-aged, but always happy crowd. After the live band on Thursday and
Friday nights, things change drastically. The place becomes the Bongo
Lounge and fills up with a steady stream of sexy young things all ready
to groove to the Dope Brothers´ mix of break beat, funk and Latino
grooves. Do not miss the super-cool break-dance show by Quassit B-Boy
Crew around 3am on Fridays. If you need to catch your breath or exchange
numbers with a new `friend´, check out the hidey-holes with plush
red sofas. Admission: 6 € – 8 € including a drink.
Opening hours: Thursday from 18.00 to 21.30 and 23.00 to 05.00, Friday
and Saturday from 18.00 to 21.30 and from 23.30 to 02.00AM and from 02.30AM
to 05.00AM, Sunday from 23.30 to 05.00AM. Closed Monday through Wednesday.
Address: Calle Tigre 27, Barcelona
Club Apolo / Nitsaclub:
This elegant old ballroom has changed hands many times over the years,
but has always drawn a crowd. The most recent management has put it to
good use with techno-oriented dance parties and concerts. On Fridays,
Saturdays and eves of public holidays, it becomes the Nitsaclub, a hugely
popular, very young Detroit techno/hard house/electro dance-a-thon. However,
two smaller, separate rooms on the balcony level act as chill-out rooms
with popular downbeat sets from residents Coco, djd!, and Fra, among others.
At 4AM queues to get in snake to the Paral.lel. On other nights Apolo
hosts live concerts. Admission: (disco) including 1 drink 12 €, (gigs)
Opening hours: (disco) Friday and Saturday from 00.30 to 6.30AM, (gigs)
Address: Calle Nou de la Rambla 113, 08004 Barcelona
The quintessential Gràcia meeting point for fashionconcious/music
press-reading twenty somethings. A harmonious mix of pop/lounge, downbeat
and trip hop emanates from this tiny split-level bar, where calming pastels
and happy punters create a brilliant atmosphere. DJs are mostly homegrown
talent, many of who have resident slots elsewhere in town.
Opening hours: Monday through Sunday from 20.30 to 3.00AM.
Address: Plaça del Sol 21, 08012 Barcelona
Friday nights, the big sister of Mond bar converts a stylish dance hall
of the old school into a temple of pop, with candy-jar projections bathing
the upper galleries and the stage, three sparkling bars and plush seats
for lounge posturing on the balconies. A steady stream of celebrity DJs
(Jarvis Cocker, Marc Almond and et al) at the decks are given free rein
to take whatever trip down the primrose path of pop tickles their fancy.
Fresh-faced Catalan kids and immaculate indie stylists hardly make for
a hi-octane dance floor, but if you have no demons to exorcise and can
party on three centilitres of apple schnapps and a juicy slice of hand-picked
pop, make a date on Friday night. Admission: including 1 drink approximately
Opening hours: Fridays only, from 00.30AM to 6.00AM, closed rest of the
Address: Calle Còrcega 363, 08037 Barcelona
Fuse becomes a club from midnight on for all of those who, unlike Cinderella,
don’t have to rush home then. The savoir-faire of local DJ Robert
X, or of such well-known names as Ángel Molina or Raúl Orellana,
liven up an atmosphere in which the projections by “Bi-suals”
deservedly share the spotlight.
Opening hours: Thursday through Saturday from 23.00 to 4.30AM.
Address: Calle Roger de Llúria 40, 08009 Barcelona
Large, airy space that calls itself a “bar museum”- possibly
the wackiest museum in town. It’s furnished entirely with old fairground
equipment: dodgems, waltzers, or swings provide the seating, and the several
bars and food stands are designed like stalls. One of the liveliest of
Barcelona’s more extravagant bars.
Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 22.00 to 3.00AM, Friday and Saturday
from 22.30 to 4.30AM.
Address: Calle Provença 171, Barcelona
One of a handful of clubs uptown that pulls in people from across the
city, La Boîte is another place owned by the Mas brothers (also
see Moog), and is also a good music venue. The long bar hugs the curved
walls, and mirrored columns make the space surprisingly intimate. The
resident DJ usually plays soul, funk and old Motown favorites, but recently
some decent progressive house fixtures have started to attract a younger
crowd. The rather small dance floor can get crowded at weekends. Admission:
Disco 12 € approx including 1 drink. Gigs 18 €.
Opening hours: from 22.00 to 5.00AM daily.
Address: Avda. Diagonal 477, Barcelona