Days in Barcelona can be filled with exploring cultural and architectural masterpieces, gourmet cafes and sunny beaches. Once the sun goes down, however, the lights illuminate the streets and both locals and tourists make the most of the nightlife. Here are the best things to do in Barcelona at night.
Enjoy a tapas feast
Spanish dinners usually start after 9 p.m., and the restaurants reach their busy time by 10 p.m. Tapas culture in Barcelona is somewhat hidden, but you can find delectable tapas bars with excellent cocktails, pepitas and foie gras topped with coffee and white chocolate. Some great tapas locations are found in La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter.
Take in sunset views
The sunset over the city is truly spectacular, so many Barcelona restaurants offer outdoor seating or dinner with a view. You can enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail as the sun goes down and take in the colourful views of the cityscape.
After dinner, you can explore the wonders of the city with bar-hopping. Barcelona has an eclectic mix of nightspots with shots, cocktails, wine and other spirits in a range of establishments, such as charming martini bars or upscale nightclubs.
Listen to live music
If you prefer music to cocktails, Barcelona has a range of concert halls and live music venues to enjoy. The Palau de la Música Catalana, a concert hall in a Catalan art nouveau style. The elaborate nature-themed motifs, colourful stained glass and ornate sculptures adorn the walls of the auditorium, turning your night of music into a full sensory experience.
Discover Casa Milà by night
Casa Milà is an architectural marvel by day, but in the magic of the night, you can explore the stunning building on the Gaudi's Pedrera: The Origins tour. This tour incorporates sensory elements to showcase the hidden nooks and crannies of the building and there's a spectacular rooftop light show after the tour.
Experience the Magic Fountain of Montjuic
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic, Barcelona's majestic ornamental fountain, is a masterpiece of Carles Buigas. Created in 1929 for the International Exposition, the fountain has a nightly light show with lights, motion, music and colour, which is perfect for families, couples or solo travellers.
Catch a flamenco show
Barcelona boasts several venues with passionate and seductive flamenco performances. Many venues have full bars for drinks during the show, and you can also try short flamenco performances to experience a taste of the traditional dance as a stop on a full night's itinerary.
Dance the night away
If you prefer to dance yourself, rather than watching a performance, you'll find a rich mix of nightclubs and dance halls to enjoy an array of parties. Dance venues typically start the festivities at 10 p.m. and don't stop until the sun comes up, and you have your choice of beachfront clubs, open-air castle clubs and high-end venues that attract celebrities, all with a range of music types.
Learn about the storied past with a night walking tour
Barcelona's darker history is highly intriguing, and you can learn all about the dark legends and hidden history with the 'Dark Past Walking Tour'. The tour runs in summer months and starts at 9 p.m., taking you through the parts of Barcelona known for execution and torture during the Spanish Inquisition period.
Try a pub crawl
Barcelona has legendary pub crawls that are fun and exciting for international travellers. The pub crawl includes a guide and free entry to some of the top spots in the city, as well as free cocktails at each venue. This is a great way to meet new people and enjoy a memorable night out on the town. Some pub crawls include souvenir tee shirts to brag about your experience.
Enjoy a champagne cruise
If you prefer a tame, upscale evening, why not try a champagne cruise or party boat? Travel companies offer boat parties, champagne sunset cruises and boat barbecues for a different type of Barcelona nightlife, complete with live DJs and unbeatable views.
Go back in time with a medieval dinner show
For a little history and culture in an immersive experience, a medieval dinner show is the best option. You'll get an evening tour, history walk and dinner inspired by medieval times to learn about the fascinating life of Elisabeth of Requesens. Then, you'll see a live show that recreates the intrigue and wonder of the medieval times.