Partying in Barcelona, Spain

Opium Mar Club, Barcelona

Where to Stay
Kabul is the best party hostel in Barcelona, however, you have to book it months in advance. Another great option is HelloBCN, which is arguably just as good. These hostels organize pre-drinks with decent drink specials and then bring you out to a club together.

In big European cities like Barcelona, non-guests aren’t allowed in the hostels, so it is great to party with the other guests.  The hostels are also getting you into clubs that would otherwise be very difficult to gain entry (Opium, Razzmatazz, etc.).  Many travellers also stay at Be Sound, Equity Point and Sant Jordi Alberg.

Kabul Hostel, Barcelona
Kabul Hostel, Barcelona

Where to Party
Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world for clubbing. There are so many cool places to check out and weekday nights can be just as good in the summer. Opium Mar is the most popular club with tourists (and a lot of locals) and is right on the beach, along with  Shoko and Catwalk. Wear nice clothes and expect to pay a lot of drinks, but these places are worth it since they allow you to party on the beach (and buy $1 beers off of sketchy locals).

The most touristy club, however, is Razzmatazz.  This place is good to go with your hostel to, since it is not in a really main area, so you will have to take cabs/public transportation to and from it.

I would highly recommend checking it out – has many different rooms and people tend to go pretty wild here. For a more authentic clubbing experience, check out Sala Apolo – they also have great parties on weekday nights. You will also be offered tons of pub crawls if you take a walk on Las Ramblas during the day/evening.

Take one night to do this, you could meet a lot of great people (just choose the company you think will attract the most people).

Spain is certainly a hub of electronic music and you will hear every type of it at the clubs.  Opium often has big name DJs spinning (when I was there Ingrosso was playing) and you will generally hear more big room house at the beach clubs. Elsewhere you may also hear indie-rock, dubstep, electronica, etc. Use Resident Advisor to choose what is best for you. Also keep your eye out for real concerts, as it is a main city with great venues.

During the Day
There are tons of attractions in Barcelona, including a great beach that you can relax at all day if you’d like.  Check out Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, the Gothic Quarter and La Ramblas.  You should also rent a bike and get lost in the streets.