Ok, I’ve just arrived to Barcelona. I took my selfie at the Sagrada Familia, I enjoyed the beach and posted hundreds of sunny landscapes on facebook. I have also realised that everyone speaks two languages (and none of them is English!) and I have a pretty clear idea which team I support…. But an Erasmus in Barcelona is not only about this. What happens when the sun sets and the moon rises? This is my personal guide to Barcelona nightlife, where I introduce my 5 favourite places to break the dance floor.
If you miss home and you want to surround yourself with beautiful international people you definitely need to head to Opium. This amazing beach club offers the most exclusive house music in Barcelona ( Tiesto, Van Bureen, Hardwell among others show up in summer for a “light” break of their residences in Ibiza). Although drinks are pretty expensive compared to the average in the city, it’s well worth it to enjoy a night out in this stunning club. It is definitely one of the highlights of the Barcelona nightlife.
The W-Eclipse club might be one of the best located in the world. Placed in the 26th floor of the W hotel in Barcelona, it offers mind-blowing views of the Mediterranean sea ( it is said that in bright days you can even see Mallorca). From Hip Hop to R&B, the originality of the music and the quality of the sound make this experience unique in Barcelona. However, you’d better be in the queue 30 min before the opening times because the capacity is rather small and it gets busy very early.
Not a single doubt about Apolo : it’s the most alternative and hipster club in the Barcelona nightlife, maybe even the whole of Catalonia. As a venue, it resembles a theatre with balconies and a big main room that hosts the last trends in electronic music without forgetting the classics of the 80s and 90s. A t-shirt with a rebel message and Converse are the best equipment to enjoy the best party of Mondays and Tuesdays in Barcelona.
The name says everything. The famous Pacha chain has spread its empire throughout the planet. After some years of darkness, Pacha has returned to Barcelona in a superb venue 100 metres away from the beach. Once you step in, you have the impression of travelling to the magic cathedral of house music in Ibiza. The white walls, the seductive curtains and the purple and pink lights evoke a feeling only perceived in the white island.
If you’ve come to Barcelona to meet the jet set and the most beautiful locals, there is a place in the noble area of Sarria where you have to go to. The club Bling Bling, sponsored by several football players, offers an intimate atmosphere that eases deep and (who knows) profitable conversations. However, if you want to participate in the most exclusive local party you’ll have to dress up to the nines. Dress code is critical: no effort no party. So you know guys, get your best dresses and shirts ready.
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