Discover seven great experiences in Barcelona for a balanced night out

From yachting to yoga, video games to swing dancing, check out seven ways to have the perfect night out without overindulging
By Time Out in collaboration with Diageo |
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These days, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing when it comes to going out. Not
enough time to go to yoga and meet your mates for a cocktail after work? Now you
can do both – and at the same place. Whether you're after some balance in your life,
or are looking for the perfect night out without overindulging, we've picked out the
best places in Barcelona where there's way more on offer than a glass of wine and a
bag of peanuts. Head out to sea on a yacht to watch the sunset with a cocktail in
hand, or enjoy fine dining while taking in the sights of the city on an evening bus tour.
Here are seven places to go for the ultimate balanced night out.

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Take a fresh look at Barcelona – from the sea

Barcelona pretty much has it all: museums, sport, nightlife, shops and, of course, the sea. The Mediterranean is one of its most-loved features, not least because it provides the chance to appreciate the joys of the city from a different perspective. Sailing Experience Barcelona offers numerous boat excursions that offer a yacht trip together with quality food and cocktails. Set sail for a romantic three-hour sunset and enjoy stunning views of the city and surrounding area, along with a G&T, snacks and fresh fruit.

Get your friends together for a night of video games and themed cocktails

Set up in 2015 by a group of gaming fans, Afterlife eSports Gamer Bar is the first themed bar dedicated to e-sports in the centre of Barcelona. It’s a brilliant place for a night out with friends thanks to the numerous events on offer. Challenge your mates to a video game battle or take part in one of their themed events that include costume parties, a summer no-pool party and special nights dedicated to new game launches. While there make sure to check out the drinks menu, especially their signature themed cocktails such as the rum-based Dark Souls, and the Tibbers, a combination of bourbon, lemon, lime, grenadine and lemonade. The whole place is welcoming, roomy and well-priced. So gather your friends and prepare to play!

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Take a trip back 20 years for pop culture and original drinks

Do you miss the ’80s and ’90s? Have you shed a tear over ‘Stranger Things’? Do you get goosebumps every time you hear synthesisers or see backcombed hair? Now you can indulge all your favourite aspects of those memorable years at Polaroid Bar, an authentic temple to the best pop culture of the time. With English and Spanish music playing, regular film screenings, and video games to try out, as well as themed events, quiz nights and promotions, this place is a real trip to the past. And to get a true taste of those times, why not try a Delorean, Balboa or Miyagi San cocktail. Get ready to travel back to an era that’s now almost legendary.

Surf House

Surf’s up…for water sports and tropical tipples

With such a long city coastline, it’s no surprise that water sports such as stand up paddling, kayaking and surfing are booming in Barcelona. But what if you want to take the experience further and get a real taste of the Californian lifestyle? Then you need to head to Surf House Barcelona. Located by the golden sand of Barcelona beach, you’ll find a laidback vibe that’s perfect for some post-sport relaxation. Restore your energy levels with one of their delicious healthy dishes, and check out their innovative drinks menu. It includes a list of international cocktails, many of which are prepared using fresh fruit and are all named after great places to surf, such as the Japan Mary, an Asian take on the Bloody Mary.

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Get your dancing shoes on for an evening of energetic fun

In parks, clubs and bars across Barcelona, the craze for classic dances such as swing, tango and lindy hop is in full force. It's a great way to have fun and get moving, and more and more people are giving dance a go and finding themselves totally hooked. El Bar del Teatreneu is one of Barcelona's best dancing venues, whether you're already an expert or want to take your first steps, hosting weekly swing and tango events. And, once you're all danced out, you can take a seat at the bar and order a classic cocktail like a mojito to round off your night. Not only is it a great place for a dance session, the Teatreneu is a multifaceted space that hosts everything from improv shows to comedy. 

Gourmet Bus

Take in Barcelona’s famous sights while enjoying a gourmet meal

The Gourmet Bus offers a tour of Barcelona with a difference: not only do you get to see the city’s most famous landmarks from the comfort of a luxury, glass-roofed coach, but you can also dine on board and sample dishes created by Carles Gaig, a Michelin-starred chef. With a route that takes in iconic spots such as Casa Batlló, Torre Agbar and the ‘mountain’ of Montjuïc, you'll have the chance to discover the best that Barcelona has to offer. And to accompany the sights, enjoy a supper that features a tasting menu based on local produce and recipes, along with a glass of something special.

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Ioga Hotel

Relax with rooftop yoga and cocktails at the heart of the city

Just because you live in Barcelona doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of its hotels and all they have to offer. If you need a break from your routine, try the Yoga Pack from the five-star Grand Hotel Central Barcelona. After you’ve finished work and checked in, try out the sauna and steam bath to get your relaxing stay off on the right foot. Later, head up to the rooftop SkyBar for an evening drink with panoramic views; choose from house cocktails such as the vodka-based Panda Mule or a wide range of spirits. The next morning, the rooftop terrace is the spot for your yoga class, where both your body and soul will relish the amazing space. Once done, head to the restaurant for a healthy breakfast, before relaxing by the hotel’s infinity pool for an hour or so. Sounds blissful, right?

If you would like more information about alcohol, such as what is in your drink and how it can affect your body, visit Diageo’s www.drinkiq.com

The DRINKiQ website has been specifically created to cover all aspects of alcohol, and give you the tools to make more informed choices about drinking, or choosing not to drink.

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