Best beach clubs in Barcelona

Nightlife on July 13, 2012 8:52 am
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If you’re looking for somewhere in Barcelona that allows you to relax by the beach during the day and party to the early hours of the morning, look no further than the city’s famous beach clubs.

When the sun is shining, beach clubs are the ideal place to sit back and relax just feet away from the sand, with refreshments on tap. As the evening draws in, diners make their way to the restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal with beautiful sea views. But everyone knows that there’s no rest for the wicked – when the late hour strikes, bikinis are swapped for Martinis and restaurants turn their tables and become clubs.

Take a look at the hottest beach clubs in Barcelona right now where they serve up cocktails at any hour. And don’t miss out our top tips (below) to make sure you get the best out of your night.

CDLC (Carpe Diem Lounge Bar)

Carpe Diem by minor9thLocated on the chic Port Olympic strip, this beach club is a swanky lounge/restaurant by day with a distinctive oriental-style décor. With a varied and international menu, it’s the perfect place to have lunch. Alternatively, you could sunbathe with a drink in hand after a spot of swimming in the sea.

By night, CDLC is one of the most popular and extravagant nightclubs in Barcelona, with a varied music style throughout the week. It typically attracts a young and wealthy crowd, and as soon as the party gets going, there’s usually a steady flow of champagne bottles being brought out to the tables. But even if you can’t buy endless amounts of Dom Pérignon, don’t let that stop you – why not take on their motto and seize the day?

How to get there
Metro – Cuitadella Port Olympic, metro (Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 32)
Website
www.cdlcbarcelona.com

Mac Arena Mar

Mac Arena by German MTMac Arena Mar is a beach club in the truest sense – it´s actually on the sand in front of the sea, giving it a real Ibiza feel. With the sounds of electro-house music filling the dance floors, it’s a place for true clubbers, and is particularly well-known for its events on Sundays. What’s more it has free entry throughout the night, which you don’t often find in Barcelona.

If that doesn’t sound like your scene, go to Mac Arena Mar during the day to eat at the seafront restaurant which has an excellent menu and wine list guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds. Then relax in the large chiringuito at the centre of the beach club and enjoy the chilled out, but lively, vibe.

How to get there
Metro – Fòrum metro (Playa Port Fòrum, Sant Adrià de Besos)
Website
www.macarenamar.com

Opium Mar

Opium Mar by mariotomic.comA trip to the Catalan Capital almost wouldn’t be complete without going to this world-famous beach club. Located on the seafront by the Port Olympic complex, it is well known for being one of the hottest hangouts and most popular beach club in Barcelona. Its modern décor, exciting atmosphere and great music continues to draw in a crowd – usually a young and glamorous one who dress to impress.

During the day enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner on the open air white-washed terrace while listening to the sound of the waves coming onto the shore.

How to get there
Metro – Cuitadella Port Olímpic metro (Paseo Marítimo de la Barceloneta, 25)
Website
www.opiummar.com

Shoko Restaurant and Lounge Club

Shoko by Shayan (USA)The deep red décor attracts tourists and locals alike. Its laid-back atmosphere and big outdoor terrace make it the ideal place to sip cocktails all night long while looking at the beautiful sea views – but if you would prefer to get on the dance floor, the DJs play a great mix of music that is sure to get you going. This club, one of the biggest on the Port Olympic strip, often hosts official after-tour parties for celebrities.

If clubbing isn’t really your scene, come here to eat at the restaurant or have a few drinks at the bar during the day or the evening. With its great location off Barceloneta beach, and so much to offer under one roof, it’s no wonder this is one of the top beach clubs in Barcelona.

How to get there
Metro – Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica metro (Paseo Maritimo de la Barceloneta, 36)
Website
www.shoko.biz

Catwalk

Catwalk by somma1977With a capacity of 1000 people, Catwalk is one of the largest clubs in Barceloneta. Have a drink at one of the chiringuito beach bars before heading here to join the many other partygoers heading to this mega-club. Throughout the night you can move between the two levels: the huge downstairs floor which plays house and techno music, and the upstairs room which plays R’n’B and hip-hop upstairs. This reputable club has hosted many international DJs, including the great Roger Sanchez and Eric Morillo.

How to get there
Metro – Ciutadella/Vila Olimpica metro (Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas 2-4)
Website
www.clubcatwalk.net

Sotavento Beach Club

Sotavento BCNThis shorefront club is perfect if you’re looking for an elegant and sophisticated night out. Every week a top DJ plays a set here and during the night you can wander between the two dance floors, one playing house, and the other mainstream music. There is also a great restaurant serving up high-quality food and a glamorous terrace with a sea view which can be enjoyed whether it is light or dark outside.

How to get there
Metro – Ciutadella/ Vila Olímpica metro (Paseig Marítim de la Barceloneta 38)
Website
www.sotaventobcn.com

Aura Beach Club

goabeachclubThis beach club is located on the other side of River Besos, so a bit further out than the others. However, it’s definitely worth a visit as this club is open-air and has its own swimming pool. Check it out on a Sunday when it hosts its famous pool party. There are two dance floors which host resident and guest DJ’s and a huge capacity. So if you are up for a beach club with a difference, give this one a try.

How to get there
Metro – El Maresme/Fòrum metro (Playa de Sant Adria De Besos, next to the ‘Parc del Litoral’)
Website
www.aurabeachclub.com

Useful information about Barcelona’s beach clubs:
  • Although they have a laid-back atmosphere, many of the beach clubs have a strict dress code, particularly the ones along Port Olympic. If you don’t want to be turned away on the door make sure you are smartly dressed. Collared shirts and smart shoes for boys, smart attire for girls.
  • The clubbing crowd in Spain heads out later than in most other countries. If you arrive before 1am, you will most likely find yourself making conversation with the bar staff. However, they also finish a lot later, giving you plenty of time on the dance floor.
  • Many beach clubs offer free entry before a certain time (usually 1am-2am). If you arrive afterwards you normally have to pay an entrance fee (they vary depending on the night and who is playing, but it can be quite expensive).
  • Keep your eyes peeled for people outside the club and around town offering promotions as they often give you discounted or free entry, or drinks offers. You can also look on websites and Facebook groups before you go as many of them allow you to put your name on a guest list. This may give you queue jump, free entry, or other deals.
  • Check the websites of the specific venues (listed above) for more information on particular nights and upcoming events.

 

Now all that is left is to grab yourself an apartment in Vila Olimpica and stay just a stone’s throw from Barcelona’s best beach clubs!

 

About the author

While growing up in the midst of the green and pleasant Worcestershire countryside, Daisy always had the travelling bug. This influenced her decision to study Modern Languages and European Studies at the University of Bath and she is currently spending the third year of her degree abroad. Having completed six months studying at La Sapienza University of Rome, she is now enjoying the Catalan capital and writing for the Oh-Barcelona blog.

2 Comments

  1. B.J.Forestell says:

    I Visited Barcelona the first time this summer, and just loved it, however, one has to be very careful there. I am a flight attendent and upon checking-in at our hotel, the captain’s luggage was stolen with five minutes of arriving, and also often a tourist can be given counterfit ,money, when receiving change, that is impossible to detect. Are you aware or these problems??? However it is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever “seen” and look forward to going again next summer when we resume our route there. Thanks so much for the fab. info and photos Daisy. All the best.