Much of middle-class L’Eixample is quiet at night, but several streets are exceptions. Noisy Carrer de Balmes is thronged with a young crowd. More interesting is the cluster of locales lining Carrer d’Aribau between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer de Mallorca. They range from quiet cocktail bars to ’60s retro joints. Few get going much before midnight and are generally closed or empty from Sunday to Wednesday. Lower down, on and around Carrer del Consell de Cent and Carrer de la Diputació, is the heart of the 'Gaixample', filled with gay bars and clubs.

The Gaixample

The area just above Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and to the left of Rambla de Catalunya is popularly known as the 'Gaixample', for its proliferation of gay bars and restaurants. Some of the best include Átame, Arena Classic and Aire (this last one's for the ladies), but note that some old favourites are also to be found in adjoining neighbourhoods, such as Metro in Sant Antoni.