Must-see nightlife in Valencia

  • Entrance to Café Negrito.

    Café Negrito


    Something of a local legend, Negrito has had a bit of a facelift in recent years and boasts a rather handsome interior. It hasn't changed its character…

  • Street view of La Fusteria

    La Fustería


    This former carpentry workshop is now a likeable jumbled bar and restaurant with mismatched furniture and exposed brick walls. It's a great venue for an…

  • La Fábrica de Hielo

    Valencia's Beaches

    It's difficult to know how to classify this former ice factory, converted with great charm into a sizeable multi-purpose space that does cultural events,…

  • Radio City


    Almost as much mini-cultural-centre as club, Radio City, which gets packed from around 1am, pulls in the punters with activities such as language exchange…

  • Chico Ostra


    This lovable cafe-bar in Benimaclet is our favourite in the barrio. With a grotto-like entrance giving way to a cool white interior, it does a range of…

  • Terrace restaurant at Marina Beach Club.

    Marina Beach Club

    Valencia's Beaches

    A super-popular bar and club with two restaurants at an enviable location overlooking the sand between Valencia’s marina and Playa de las Arenas. The open…

  • Inside entrance of Tyris on Tap.

    Tyris on Tap


    White-painted industrial brick, long-drop pendant lights and no-frills decor lend an air of warehouse chic to this bar. It's an outlet for a local…

  • Deseo 54


    It's mostly the young and beautiful at this upmarket and famous discoteca, which plays quality electronic music to a largely, but by no means exclusively,…

  • Cuatro Monos sign outside the bar.

    Cuatro Monos


    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…

  • 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…

  • Street view of Slaughterhouse



    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


    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…

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    Cafe Berlin


    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


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

  • Outside entrance to Horchatería de Santa Catalina.

    Horchatería de Santa Catalina


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

  • Street view of Café Tocado

    Café Tocado


    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…

  • Inside entrance of La Mezcaleria

    La Mezcalería


    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


    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…

  • L'Umbracle Terraza

    L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

    At the southern end of the Umbracle walkway within the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, this is a touristy but atmospheric spot to spend a hot summer…

  • La Fabrica de Huellas

    Western Valencia

    The ‘footprint factory’ is a dog-friendly cafe where you can bring furry friends or make new ones over an organic coffee. There is always a welcoming…

  • Portland Ale House

    L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

    This cosy US-style bar established by Oregon natives in Cánovas is popular with expats and locals alike. Car licence plates from various US states adorn…

  • Beat Brew Bar


    This speciality coffee and tea bar in the old town displays its mantra on the wall: 'Don’t panic, it’s organic'. The friendly couple who run Beat Brew Bar…

  • Sant Jaume


    This tiny bar, a former pharmacy, is a haunt for local characters, and features a marble counter and ornate embossed wooden ceiling. It's a sound stop for…

  • La Salamandra


    Small, atmospheric and intimate, this pub is one of the classics of lively Plaza Xúquer near the university. It's a favourite haunt of academics who…

  • Xtra Lrge


    Spread over 600 sq metres, this underground club merits its outsized name. All soft pastel colours on brute metal and concrete, it offers live DJs across…

  • Lotelito


    The smooth industrial decor, moody lighting and motivated staff make this bar-restaurant-cafe a fine venue for a pre-dance-floor or post-dinner drink. A…

  • Piccadilly Downtown Club


    Lots of fun at this sizeable club on a sidestreet in the heart of Russafa. Music focuses on major hits from the '80s and '90s, so you'll probably know 'em…

  • Café Bla Bla


    Bla Bla, with its plush red drapery and mirrors, is perfect for a relaxing drink or coffee. Candles flicker, soft music plays, there’s a particularly well…

  • Café de las Horas


    Offers high baroque, tapestries, music of all genres, candelabras, bouquets of fresh flowers and a long list of exotic cocktails. It does themed Sunday…

  • Kaf Café


    Nothing is typical in Benimaclet, but this spot named in homage to Franz Kafka does seem to exemplify the alternative artistic vibe, with regular events…

  • Aquarium

    L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

    Something of a legendary local stop for a morning coffee or a pre-lunch beer or vermouth, this old-fashioned place has a lived-in interior, wood panelling…

  • Café Museu

    Barrio del Carmen

    A real forum for bohemian souls in the Carmen district, this grungy, edgy spot has an impressive cultural program, including English/Spanish conversation…

  • L'Ermità

    Barrio del Carmen

    On a very central backstreet, this is a top option for a drink with decent music, regular cultural events, a friendly crowd of regulars and cordial staff…

  • La Gramola


    Decorated and maintained with care, this place has a cordial owner and offers more than acceptable mojitos. The bar's name means 'gramophone' and the bar…

  • Glop


    On the plaza in Benimaclet, this place has been around for years and hasn't changed much. It's a simple, colourful, grungy venue for rock music, beer and…

  • Las Animas

    L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

    Going for an exclusive atmosphere, this bar offers an agreeably central location for mixed drinks, though the choice of music could be a little more…

  • Trapezzio

    Barrio del Carmen

    On a typically grungy Barrio del Carmen square, this well-established cafe and bar has a very mixed, bohemian clientele and is an important fixture in the…

  • High Cube

    Valencia's Beaches

    At the marina, this bar has an excellent outdoor lounge area right by the water. It's very quiet during the day but gets busy at night with DJs and a…

  • Sedici

    L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

    This friendly bar packs out with a mellow, mixed crowd enjoying its relaxed atmosphere and well-priced copas (mixed drinks). It makes a very acceptable…

  • Pub Bubu

    Western Valencia

    Haven't shaved since the holiday started? Not a problem at all here at this notably friendly bear den. The inclusive atmosphere makes anybody feel at home.

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