The best parties in Barcelona
They call it ‘Internet club music’. Spain’s biggest Future Beats club night takes over Barcelona’s five-room Razzmatazz club every Saturday evening, and features the up-and-coming stars o fthe hardcore continuum – artists who are writing the future of dubstep, garage and jungle, such as AarabMuzik, Baauer, Nguzunguzu and local Alizzz.
It's nine years since Gon and Pau started their adventures on the edges of electronic music at Nitsa@Apolo, and they're still going hard. With an upbeat soundtrack of ’90s house, served with plentiful helpings of disco, boogie and soul, Libido has become an institution. The line-up mainly consists of local DJs, although to mix things up a bit they also invite monthly international guests, among them Rick Wilhite, Mr. Mendel, Jovon and more.
If you end up at Switch, you might well find Sunny Graves, Fede Erdán, Abu Sou or Nehuen at the decks. At this half-bar, half-club hybrid hangout, which is managed by the impeccable Deckard, they serve generous cocktails that you can enjoy in two connected spaces (one more laid-back, the other with a DJ booth and bar) with music selected by the best DJs in town. Not to be missed.
The ideal place for a quick drink before the night really gets going – but don’t be surprised if you get stuck (in the best sense of the word) with a soundtrack that runs from Burial to Bonobo via Björk and James Brown. At 33/45, you're in a haven of great taste that's become a BCN nightlife essential.
Club Marabú at Sala Upload in Poble Espanyol is the electronic club night Barcelona needed. With a ’90s aesthetic, promoters Canada and Drakis have devised a party whose USPs are musical eclecticism and an out-of-control dance floor.
Running for over a decade, this week-opener at Apolo claims to be Europe's biggest rock 'n' roll party. Regular hosts Mad Max and Soren do all they can to break up Monday monotony by offering a mixbag of sounds including pop, metal, indie, garage and electronica plus whatever else they think it will take to get the room moving. Its slogan is 'we come, we dance, we rock', while Mad Max describes Nasty Mondays as 'a party for normal people who like rock'.
The city’s pocket-sized Berghain keeps delivering big names in international techno, with the most authentic atmosphere in Barcelona. Its only remaining real techno club has an uncompromising music policy that mixes local regulars – Gus Van Sound, Olmos, Uroz – with label nights and special guests.
Competing with Nasty Mondays at Apolo for the title of the wildest party in town, El Dirty at Razzmatazz has a tag line that says it all: ‘All the hits you can imagine mixed all together (now!)’. With all the attitude and energy of a gay-friendly party night, it’s ideal for clubbers who can’t wait until the weekend.
Nomadic Sunday party VenTú has redefined the concept of the afternoon vermouth for a new generation. That means fewer grandpas sipping aperitifs and nibbling olives, and more live music, party atmosphere and uninhibited dancing, all with a glass of chilled vermouth in hand. With ever-changing venues, this is a perfect early afternoon shindig for the last day of the week, proving that Sundays are the new Fridays.