Once the sun goes down, Barcelona streets are filled with carousers out to play, often late into the night. Many an evening begins with a cultural fix: the latest art gallery openings, theater performances, concerts at the cabaret-inspired Milano Cocktail Bar, or opera at the 19th-century Liceu. After midnight, rub elbows with locals at Rubi Bar, a cozy hidden tavern nestled among the posh lounges that pepper Ciutat Vella’s labyrinthine streets, or try one of the organic wine bars of El Born and Gràcia. Be sure to stop by Poble Sec’s Casa Martino, a rising star among the growing selection of evening vermuterias (vermouth bars).

In the urban-hip Eixample district, mixologists whip up classic cocktails with a twist at the ritzy Solange. Poblenou—a neighborhood that has remained defiantly unchanged for years—has experienced something of a renaissance with haunts like the retro Balius Bar, where gin and tonics are served with a jazz chaser. After 2 am, explore the city’s incandescent club life, from the moody dance halls of La Rambla’s hell-raising Plaça Reial, to a selection of glamorous seaside venues in Port Olímpic. Whatever you choose, one thing is clear: Barcelona never surrenders to the night.

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  • 1. Balius Bar

    Poblenou | Bars/Pubs

    Named after the historic hardware store that once stood here, Balius Bar has retro-chic decor, a snazzy playlist (don't miss the live jazz sessions...Read More

  • 2. Banker's Bar

    Eixample | Bars/Pubs

    With allusions to its past life as a bank (like the safety deposit boxes on the wall), the swank cocktail bar of the 5* Mandarin Oriental Hotel...Read More

  • 3. Dry Martini

    Eixample | Bars/Pubs

    An homage to the traditional English martini bar of decades past, this stately spot is paradise for cocktail aficionados seeking the most expertly...Read More

  • 4. Eclipse Bar

    Barceloneta | Bars/Pubs

    The sensational shoreline views from the 26th floor of the seaside W Hotel are undoubtedly a major part of Eclipse’s attraction. Add to the...Read More

  • 5. Elephanta

    Gràcia | Bars/Pubs

    Diminutive in size but huge in personality and warmth, Elephanta is that rare neighborhood spot that offers a little something for everyone...Read More

  • 6. Jonny Aldana

    Poble Sec | Bars/Pubs

    This cheery technicolor bar-resto, featuring a tiled facade and open-window bar with stools inside and out, is bursting with 1950s iconography...Read More

  • 7. Monvínic

    Eixample | Wine Bars

    Conceptualized to celebrate wine culture at its finest, this spectacular space, aptly called "Wineworld" in Catalan, features a ritzy wine bar...Read More

  • 8. Ocaña

    Barri Gòtic | Bars/Pubs

    Located in a trio of ancient mansions on buzzy Plaça Reial's southern flank, this venue is dedicated to Jose Peréz Ocaña, a cross-dressing artist...Read More

  • 9. Old Fashioned

    Gràcia | Bars/Pubs

    Reminiscent of a '50s-style gin joint—black and white with red quilted booths and framed prints—this small-but-swanky bar regularly draws in...Read More

  • 10. Rubí Bar

    Born-Ribera | Bars/Pubs

    The whimsical apothecary-like spirits cabinet, exposed-stone wall, and dramatic red lighting will be the first things to catch your eye at this...Read More

  • 11. Solange Cocktails and Luxury Spirits

    Eixample | Bars/Pubs

    The latest venture from the Pernia brothers—the trio whose Tandem Cocktail Bar (Aribau 86) pioneered Barcelona’s emerging cocktail scene back...Read More

  • 12. Viblioteca

    Gràcia | Wine Bars

    Adding a little uptown pizzazz to boho-chic enclave Gràcia, this diminutive, minimalist, white-walled wine bar and eatery is the local “it”...Read More

  • 13. Xixbar

    Poble Sec | Bars/Pubs

    The interior of this Alice in Wonderland–like venue of checkered half walls, a marble bar, and contempo objets d’art rarely seen on ceilings...Read More

  • 14. 33/45

    El Raval | Bars/Pubs

    From the street, this indie-cool hipster haven seems too brightly lighted for gritty-glam Raval. But its mismatched sofas with oversize pillows...Read More

  • 15. Ale&Hop

    Sant Pere | Bars/Pubs

    Ale&Hop leads the pack in the latest craft-beer-bar invasion to hit the city. A slick microbrewery with exposed brick walls, monochrome...Read More

  • 16. Ambar

    El Raval | Bars/Pubs

    Right off the tree-lined Rambla del Raval, the clientele at this popular watering hole is as colorful as the snazzy, red-quilted bar and moody...Read More

  • 17. Antilla Salsa Barcelona

    Eixample | Dance Clubs

    You'll find this exuberant Caribbean spot sizzling with salsa, son cubano, and merengue from the moment you step in the door. From 10 to 11...Read More

  • 18. Bar Brutal

    Wine Bars

    Whimsically fashionable with its red tabletops, arched ceiling, and lacquered bar counter, Bar Brutal (and its adjoining bodega Can Cisa) is...Read More

  • 19. Bikini Barcelona

    Eixample | Dance Clubs

    This sleek megaclub, which was reborn as part of L’Illa shopping center, boasts the best sound system in Barcelona. A smaller space puts on...Read More

  • 20. Boadas

    La Rambla | Bars/Pubs

    Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar opened its doors in 1933 and quickly gained a reputation as the only place to enjoy a genuine mojito. The faithful...Read More

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