Nightlife

Cafe in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Caelum

Centuries of heavenly gastronomic tradition from across Spain are concentrated in this exquisite medieval space in the heart of the city. The ground-floor cafe is a dainty setting for decadent cakes and pastries, wh…
Bar in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Sor Rita

A study in all things kitsch, Sor Rita is pure eye candy, from leopard-print wallpaper and a high-heel-festooned ceiling to deliciously irreverent decorations inspired by the films of Pedro Almodóvar. It's a fun and…
Cafe in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Cafè de l’Òpera

Opposite the Gran Teatre del Liceu is La Rambla’s most traditional cafe. Operating since 1929 and still popular with opera-goers, it is pleasant enough for an early evening libation or, in the morning, coffee and cr…
Cafe in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Salterio

A wonderfully photogenic, candlelit spot tucked down a tiny lane in El Call, Salterio serves Turkish coffee, authentic Moroccan mint teas and pots of milky, sweet spiced chai, amid stone walls, incense and ambient M…
Bar in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Marula Café

A fantastic find in the heart of the Barri Gòtic, Marula will transport you to the 1970s and the best in funk and soul. James Brown fans will think they’ve died and gone to heaven. It’s not, however, a mono-thematic…
Bar in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Polaroid

For a dash of 1980s nostalgia, Polaroid is a blast from the past, with its wall-mounted VHS tapes, old film posters, comic-book-covered tables, action-figure displays and other kitschy decor. Not surprisingly, it dr…
Cocktail Bar in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

L'Ascensor

Named after the lift (elevator) doors that serve as the front entrance, this clandestine drinking den – with its vaulted brick ceilings, vintage mirrors and marble-topped bar – gathers a faithful crowd that comes fo…
Cafe in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

La Granja

This long-running cafe – dating back to 1872 – serves up thick, rich cups of chocolate with doughy, sugar-covered churros, as well as speciality coffees, herbal teas and other pastries. Also worth a look is the sect…
Club in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Karma

During the week Karma plays good, mainstream indie music, while on weekends the DJs spin anything from rock to disco. A golden oldie in Barcelona, tunnel-shaped Karma is small and becomes quite tightly packed (claus…
Lounge in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Bosc de les Fades

The 'Forest of the Fairies' is popular with tourists but offers a whimsical retreat from the busy Rambla nearby and has a wonderfully kitsch charm. Lounge chairs and lamp-lit tables are scattered within an indoor fo…