Are you visiting Barcelona and want to know where the students go to party? Student nightlife is often inexpensive and cultural. So, there’s no denying that it is smart to know where the various nightlife areas for students are located.
The local university crowd tends to stick to the low-key bars around the Plaza de la Universidad, just to the south of Plaza Catalunya, in the Raval area. Along the Carrer de Fernandina, which is the southward street off the plaza in front of the Macba, are numerous bars with a cool, casual atmosphere.
For those seeking a more Erasmus-esque atmosphere, hit up the various lounges and clubs in the Plaza Real, just off the Ramblas. Some, like the Cafe Royal, Nou de Zurbano, 3, don’t charge a cover and play a mix of soul, funk, bossa, and latin jazz, while others, like Jamboree, Plaza Real, 17, are replete with several dance floors and therefore charge a cover, in this case 9 euro.
So, how is a typical night out in Barcelona? To get things started, a typical night out usually starts with a late dinner. Many formal restaurants usually take reservations for either 9 or 11 pm, the latter being of preference for those prepping for an all-nighter. These times are typical of restaurants frequented by spanish people however and most restaurants in the central areas cater to varying schedules and will serve meals round the clock. If you are later than 11.30 pm it can often be difficult to get served, as many of the kitchens close at mid-night. After a meal then things evolve to a bar before a complete night out is finished off by clubbing from 03 AM to the sun rise.