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When the locals talk about partying late, they mean late. At the best Barcelona nightlife joints, the party doesn’t get started until way after midnight. Still, don't expect to see lots of drunken hooliganism: locals are generally fairly reserved and respectful in their carousing, and they’d appreciate it if you were as well. While you can have open containers of alcohol on the street, don't take that as an invitation to be drunkenly stumbling around Las Ramblas at all hours.
Yeah, the place is really called Trash. Despite it’s name, it doesn’t smell and you won’t find any garbage on the floor or dirty people hanging around. Trash’s warm and inviting interior features comfy couches and sweet little nooks where guests quietly sip on cocktails and chat. Yes, this bar has DJs, but it’s a far cry from BCN’s mega-clubs. During the day Trash serves a satisfying breakfast and lunch menu. Stop by early for their Happy Hour deals (which starts at the very happy hour of 3PM) and try one of their signature cocktails.
Neighborhood: La Rambla and El Raval
A night club where you can listen to amazing DJs and eat great Tex-Mex food? We’re sold. This resto-bar features trapeze acts on Thursday nights and a magician act on Sundays and Wednesdays. But just because it’s sort of kitschy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress up. A very fashionable crowd has taken up residency at Margarita Blue, so show up before 11PM or be ready to wait.
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If you come here, you had better be ready to dance. This is one of Barcelona’s superclubs and features five dizzying rooms of music ranging from rock to pop to blingy techno. Each room functions as a sort of club within a club and there’s usually at least one big-name touring DJ manning the booth at the Razz Club. Dress is casual and varied—you might see Goths mingling with hipsters and hip hop fans in a bizarre mash up of styles and cultures. Drinks are somewhat pricey (and cover is typically €12), so hit up a low key drink spot to get your drink on before making your Razzmatazz debut.
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Neighborhood: Barri Gòtic
Stepping into Blondie is like taking a trip back to the 1980s in Doc’s Delorean from Back to the Future. Neon lights hang above kitschy black and white checkered wallpaper and the result is a vibe that’s more punk rock party than laid back cool. This is definitely a spot dominated by hipper-than-thou young locals—especially on Friday nights when the bar is packed for the weekly iPod DJ battle.
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