Must-see nightlife in Spain

  • Café Andino

    Fuengirola

    This cosy little cafe roasts its own beans, serves strong, aromatic coffee and does a sideline in homemade cakes. It’s right next to the bus station…

  • Cork

    Bilbao

    Taste your way around some of Spain's finest small artisan vineyards at this cosy wine bar owned and run by Jonathan García, a former Basque sommelier…

  • Le Club

    Bilbao

    Sweeping views over Bilbao's skyline extend from this 12th-floor, glass-walled rooftop bar at the top of the Hotel Ercilla. Especially at sunset and after…

  • El Sainete

    Madrid

    Craft beers from around Spain and elsewhere, some on tap, make this place stand out, although the tapas also caught our attention – a fine combination if…

  • Cuatro Monos sign outside the bar.

    Cuatro Monos

    Valencia

    A cosy Italian-run bar with a welcoming vibe, Cuatro Monos attracts regulars and travellers alike. The bar mixes monkey-inspired art and soft toys with…

  • Bar Marsella Absinthe, Carrer de Sant Pau.

    Bar Marsella

    El Raval

    Bar Marsella has been in business since 1820, and has served the likes of Dalí, Picasso, Gaudí and Hemingway. The latter was known to slump here over an…

  • The entrance to Taberna Averías.

    Taberna Averías

    Madrid

    This tiny bar boasts a mighty wine list, with over 400 wines from nearly every region in Spain. Chalkboards highlight recommended sips by type, including…

  • Balius Bar is a warm bar offering classic cocktails, plus light bites & a weekly live jazz band in Barcelona

    Balius

    Barcelona

    There's an old-fashioned jauntiness to this vintage-style cocktail den in El Poblenou, marked by its original-period exterior with tiles and gin bottles…

  • Antigua Casa Angel Sierra.

    Antigua Casa Ángel Sierra

    Chueca

    This historic old taberna (tavern) is the antithesis of modern Chueca chic – it has hardly changed since it opened in 1917. As Spaniards like to say, the…

  • Bar Mudzanas is a cozy place, with a classic atmosphere, and very versatile, as it is identified both as a morning bar where you can go for a break, and as an afternoon-evening cocktail bar where quality cocktails are offered.

    Mudanzas

    La Ribera

    This was one of the first bars to get things into gear in El Born and it still attracts a faithful crowd. With its chequered floor, marble-topped tables…

  • Ricla's Facade near Plaza Mayor.

    Bodegas Ricla

    Madrid

    Bodegas Ricla is so tiny you might be rubbing haunches with other customers as you sip your wine. For more than 100 years, it's been serving tasty…

  • Maquila bar facade with awning.

    Maquila

    La Macarena & Alameda de Hércules

    A leading light in Seville's craft beer scene since 2015, this cool, open-plan bar has six beers on tap and a small selection of bottled brews. Its in…

  • Chocolatería Valor's outdoor patio on a weekend morning.

    Chocolatería Valor

    Madrid

    It may be Madrid tradition to indulge in chocolate con churros around sunrise on your way home from a nightclub, but for those who prefer a more…

  • Exterior of Gallo Rojo bar - glass facade

    Gallo Rojo

    La Macarena & Alameda de Hércules

    Housed in a former factory, arty Rojo is a lively yet laid-back spot that regularly hosts concerts, readings and flamenco performances. It's also a cool…

  • Entrance to La Casa de la Mar.

    La Casa de la Mar

    Valencia's Beaches

    This cavernous warehouse a block from the beach is a surfing school, bar, yoga studio, mini skate park and small coworking space. The surfer vibe…

  • Garlochi bar sign over entrance in tiles.

    El Garlochi

    El Centro & El Arenal

    There are few weirder places to drink than this baroque temple of kitsch. Decked out in ultra-camp religious decor, it's dedicated entirely to the…

  • The no-nonse, slightly gritty entrance to La Bicicleta.

    La Bicicleta

    Malasaña & Conde Duque

    Combining a slew of hipster passions – bicycles, urban art and good coffee – this trendy place has become one of the hottest places in Malasaña. It…

  • Street view of Slaughterhouse

    Slaughterhouse

    Valencia

    Once a butcher’s shop (hence its title, also inspired by the Kurt Vonnegut novel with a similar name), Slaughterhouse abounds in books (even in the…

  • Street view of Ubik Café

    Ubik Café

    Valencia

    This child-friendly cafe, bar and bookshop is a comfy place to lounge and browse. It has a short, well-selected list of wines and serves cheese and cold…

  • Garage Beer Co

    Garage Beer Co

    L'Eixample

    One of the original craft-beer bars to pop up in Barcelona, Garage brews its own in a space at the bar and at its out-of-town brewery, and offers around…

  • Some of the delicious cookies at Coffee & Kicks.

    Coffee & Kicks

    Madrid

    Coffee & Kicks is the place for aficionados. You can get your flat white on or try one of the pastries while perching on a stool and flipping through a…

  • The list of beers on tap at The Stuyck Co

    Stuyck Co

    Malasaña & Conde Duque

    With a list of craft beers on tap that changes weekly, Stuyck Co is one of the best places in town for connoisseurs to sip a pint or two. The bare brick…

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    Cafe Berlin

    Valencia

    Russafa does bohemian so well, and this is one of many quality cafe-bars of this type, offering a lounge-room-like ambience with books, art exhibitions…

  • Inside entrance of Jardin Urbano

    Jardín Urbano

    Valencia

    Rather charmingly eclectic, the interior of this inviting corner cafe features books, a fountain, plants and artworks. Slightly removed from the hectic…

  • Cafè del Centre is located on the right side of Eixample, this emblematic space offers us an original atmosphere and excellent tapas.

    Cafè del Centre

    L'Eixample

    Travel back to the 19th century at this charmingly old-world cafe, in business since 1873. The mahogany bar extends down the right side as you enter,…

  • Outside entrance to Horchatería de Santa Catalina.

    Horchatería de Santa Catalina

    Valencia

    Horchata is a sweet, opaque, very Valencian drink made from pressed chufas (tiger nuts), into which you dip large finger-shaped buns called fartóns…

  • Areia's bar restaurant facade.

    Areia

    Chueca

    The ultimate lounge bar by day (cushions, chill-out music and dark secluded corners where you can hear yourself talk or even snog quietly), this place is…

  • EME Terraza wall, sign, curtains.

    La Terraza del Eme

    Catedral & Barrio de Santa Cruz

    Enjoy spectacular cathedral close-ups and classic cocktails at the chic roof terrace bar of the five-star EME Catedral Hotel. Drinks are on the pricey…

  • Street view of Café Tocado

    Café Tocado

    Valencia

    With the rich reds and romance of a French belle époque locale, this place backs it up by actually having a small cabaret theatre alongside the intimate…

  • Plant-covered tent with tables and chairs, Bulebar Cafe.

    Bulebar Café

    La Macarena & Alameda de Hércules

    With its day-long opening hours and outdoor terrace overlooking the Alameda de Hércules, this friendly spot is good for a leisurely people-watching break…

  • Young people pack dance floor in electronic dance club Moog, El Raval District.

    Moog

    El Raval

    This fun and minuscule club is a standing favourite with the downtown crowd. In the main dance area DJs dish out house, techno and electro, while upstairs…

  • Gorila's exterior, complete with Malasaña pride.

    Gorila

    Malasaña & Conde Duque

    Gorila is one of those multipurpose Malasaña bars that's as good for breakfast as for a night-time beer or cocktail. The split-level space is watched over…

  • Inside entrance of La Mezcaleria

    La Mezcalería

    Valencia

    Brightly lit and elegant with see-and-be-seen windows, this bar specialises in agave distillates, with a good range of mescal and raicilla to try, along…

  • Street view of Birra & Blues.

    Birra & Blues

    Valencia

    On a prominent corner near the market, Birra & Blues offers 11 tasty beers brewed locally, served in a handsome modern space with a semicircular bar and…

  • Pikes

    West Ibiza

    A legendary rural hotel that's hosted the likes of Freddie Mercury, Grace Jones, Bon Jovi and Bianca Jagger (and is where Wham! filmed its 'Club Tropicana…

  • La Bodeguilla de Basilio

    Cuenca

    Arrive here with an appetite, as you're presented with a complimentary plate of tapas when you order a drink, and not just a slice of dried-up cheese –…

  • Hemingway

    L'Eixample

    There's often a queue out the door for a table at this intimate, speakeasy-style basement cocktail den with a tiny front terrace. International whiskies,…

  • Espai Joliu

    Barcelona

    Inspired by its owner's time in Berlin, this charmingly stylish former carpenters' workshop is Barcelona's original plants-and-coffee concept cafe (much…

  • La Concha

    El Raval

    This long-running bar is dedicated to ground-breaking 20th-century actress Sara Montiel: the walls groan with more than 250 photos of the sultry star…

  • Los Aljibes

    Lanzarote

    On the east side of Tahíche, Lanzarote's first microbrewery is spread across a jazzy palm-sprinkled terrace and a sunken whitewashed home in which…

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