Gracia/Eixample Nightlife, Barcelona (Self Guided)

One thing that is clear about Barcelona is that this city doesn't sleep. Here you will find every kind of night club you might be looking for, from classy jazz to modern euro-techno. This walking tour is the perfect opportunity to visit the best discos and bars in the Gracia and Eixample districts of Barcelona.
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Gracia/Eixample Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Gracia/Eixample Nightlife
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: Xena
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Universal

1) Universal

A high-end nightclub with a cosmopolitan appeal, the Universal houses two levels, each with its own dance floor and distinct vibe. Downstairs features the sounds of house music heating up the dance floor, while upstairs guests are treated to a variety including contemporary hits, 80s music, funk, and pop. These two distinct sounds attract a wider variety of people than most clubs in Barcelona, and the club tends to get packed, especially on the weekends. Private parties are corporate events are accommodated by the Universal’s exclusive VIP service and all its included amenities. Seeing a mixed crowd, this club is popular with both tourists and locals.

Operation hours: Thursday – Saturday: 11 pm – 4.30 am
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Otto Zutz

2) Otto Zutz

Located more on the outlying area of Barcelona, Otto Zutz still manages to draw a huge crowd of guests from around the world partying on three levels all night long. Decked out with beautiful chandeliers and spinning disco balls in a number of sizes, the first floor features hip hop and R and B, the second floor offers one room for dancing as well as a karaoke room. The third level is an exclusive VIP area offering top notch service and posh amenities. While a bit off a walk from the trendier areas of the city, Otto Zutz keeps the party going all night long throughout the week with a little something for everyone to enjoy a night out on the town.

Operation hours: Wednesday – Thursday: midnight – 5 am; Friday – Saturday: midnight – 6 am
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Soho

3) Soho

A popular nightclub located in the upper portion of Barcelona in an area known as Zona Alta, Soho features two levels of entertainment as well as an exclusive and posh VIP section with added amenities. Downstairs is where the spacious dance floor is located, where the party goes on till 5:00 AM on the weekends. Upstairs guests are treated to a chilled out atmosphere in an intimate lounge setting, which is a perfect place to sit and get away from the crowd on the dance floor for some relaxation. The crowd mainly consists of local twenty-somethings, though its musical variety, including new and classic pop, house, and techno, makes it appealing to other demographics as well.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: from 11.30
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Bling Bling

4) Bling Bling

Located on Carrer Tuset, near the also-popular Sutton Club, in the upper portion of the city, Bling Bling is an upscale nightclub with a stylish, minimalist design inside. Its spectacular glass and lighting system creates intricate visual stimulation to go along with a mix of house and hip hop music to suit a variety of tastes. Go go dancers on raised platforms add to the clubs sultry atmosphere. Door policy strictly forbids T-shirts, shorts, and sneakers. Bouncers expect guests to dress smart, ready for a night on the town. Despite this restriction, Bling Bling regularly sees packed crowds on its dance floor.
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Astoria Club

5) Astoria Club

Located in the building of a former cinema dating back to the 1950s, the Astoria Club features three full service bars, lots of comfortable seating for relaxing, and a modest-sized dance floor. Featuring popular house favorites and contemporary pop hits, the Astoria Club is a small venue that caters to upscale clientele, featuring an exclusive VIP area offering champagne, exclusive brands of liquor, and other top-notch amenities. Located near other popular Barcelona nightclubs such as Bling Bling and Mojito, the Astoria Club is also home to regular events featuring live resident DJs as well as special guests from time to time.

Operation hours: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11.30 pm – 2.30 am
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La Fira

6) La Fira

La Fira is a fairground ride for real revelers. The place is uniquely decorated with magic mirrors on the walls, windows, mysterious attraction posters, flying chairs suspended from the ceiling, cars and horses. There are several bars which you can order drinks or food from. Hours of operation: Monday, Friday, Saturday 12pm-5am, Wednesday and Thursday 11pm-3:30am.
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Mojito Club

7) Mojito Club

Inspired by the sounds of salsa and traditional salsa dancing, the Mojito Club offers its guests the full passionate experience in this Cuban inspired Latin nightclub. Its mirrored dancehall lets guests appreciate their own moves. The club also offers salsa dance lessons at 10:00 PM before the real party gets started so guests can brush up on their technique before the steamy night of Latin beats begins. After 1:00 AM on the weekends, the Mojito Club broadens the scope of its musical entertainment with more mainstream selections, attracting a more diverse crowd, though the passion on the dance floor remains intact.

Operation hours: Thursday – Saturday: 11.30 pm – 5 am
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Hyde Club

8) Hyde Club

Found in the center of the city, the Hyde Club is located near other popular Barcelona nightspots, Otto Zutz and Pepito. Open till 3:330 AM on Thursdays night, Friday and Saturday nights see the dance floor heated up till 6:00 AM. Guests will typically be treated to the sounds of the most popular selections of house, R and B, and soul music. Its decor is reminiscent of the trendiest New York clubs, with an upscale atmosphere. VIP services add a host of additional amenities, and space is also available for private parties or corporate events. Great cocktails, wine, and champagne are available at the Hyde Club, as well as scrumptious tapas and an assortment of baked goods.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Wednesday: 7 pm – 3 am; Thursday: 8.30 pm – 3.30 am; Friday: 11 pm – 6 am
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City Hall

9) City Hall

Located inside a former theater building, City Hall maintains this architectural emblem of Barcelona’s past. The DJ booth resides onstage overlooking the crowded dance floor. City Hall has delivered the sounds of some of the world’s hottest DJs on Thursday evenings since 2006 for its Club4 night, while guests are treated to the sounds of the best up-and-coming local DJs for the remainder of the week. Regularly performing DJs appearing at City Hall of the years include Paco Osuna, Marco Carola, Christian Smith, and more. Elegantly designed with chandeliers and disco balls, this club includes a chic terrace with full bar as well as seats and tables, where smokers are welcome to a drink and enjoy the view of the surrounding area.

Operation hours: Monday – Sunday: midnight – 6 am

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Saving Money with City Passes


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Taking Care of Your Feet


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Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Barcelona typically costs between around US$15 and over US$80 per person:

- Hop on a “hop-on hop-off” double-decker and enjoy sightseeing of Barcelona from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Barcelona on a 3-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each (for 5-20 minutes) to get rest, watch the surroundings, and learn much about the city from an informative group leader.

- If you're an arts and architecture buff, with a keen interest in Catalan modernism of the late 19th century, then you may definitely enjoy a 2-hour guided stroll around the Quadrat d'Or (Golden Square) in Barcelona's Eixample borough to explore in-depth the works (buildings) of the celebrated pioneers of modernism: Domenech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and, of course, Barcelona's most acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí. As an extra bonus on this tour, you will get a 20% discount on a guided tour of the Palau de la Música Catalana (Music Palace), discounted entrance at Casa Batlló, free admission to the Museu del Modernisme Català (Catalan Modernism Museum), plus savings on admission to Casa Batlló. Great value and tons of information for the money spent!

- If you don't find tales of the supernatural terrifying, and if the gruesome details of witchcraft, exorcisms and paranormal activity, told after sunset, make your hair stand but only with curiosity, then why not treat yourself to a 2-hour “ghost” walk to discover sinister secrets of Barcelona, visiting some of the city's haunted places, entertained along the way by an informative commentary from an expert guide.

- Have the taste of Catalonia’s gourmet culture on this 3- to 4-hour tour of Barcelona's tapas crawling some of the city’s most prominent bars and cafes in La Rambla, La Boqueria food market, and the Gothic Quarter led by an expert food guide. Apart from savoring a variety of traditional Catalonian cured meats, cheeses and breads, as well as drinks, you will also learn how to order these iconic bar snacks in style, like a true local!

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Barcelona, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Costa Brava, Pyrenees mountain range, or Tarragona and Sitges. For as little as US$90+ to US$190+ you will get a chance to observe the picturesque villages and dramatic cliffs of the nearby Mediterranean coast, get high up in the Pyrenees Mountains visiting the historic town of Vic in the north of the country with optional hiking, horseback riding or boating excursions, or discover historical highlights of the Roman city of Tarragona complete with a seaside leisure at Sitges. All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.