We seem to be pretty smug at the moment basking in London’s rare heatwave, but for those heading to Spain for a proper dose of sun, we take a look at the places to visit in Barcelona by night. Whether you fancy your chances on the poker tables, partying the night away, or eating out and listening to bands, here are a few suggestions …[one_half]Throughout its existence, the city became the host of both the 1888 World’s Fair and the 1992 Olympic Games. Known to be the home of magnificent historical sites like the La Sagrada Família and the Mirador de Colom, the city also boasts of a luxurious nightlife. Here are some of the top destinations that you can bask in all-out glamour and revelry:
Since it is one of Spain’s top gaming hubs, the casino recently hosted the Season XI of partypoker’s WPT championship. Canadian Chanracy Khun triumphed over player Benjamin Pollak in a heated battle. Besides hosting WPT championships, it also holds the European Poker and World Heads Up Poker Championship. The casino also offers specialized gaming features like Ladies Night Poker, Casino Gourmet, Texas Hold’Em and Infogaming Experiences.
The 26th floor of the posh W Hotel was converted into one of the city’s must-see hot spots. The Eclipse was designed by the award-winning Spanish interior designer, Isabel López Vilalta. This exclusive night out spot is famous for its scrumptious appetizers. Salmon and tuna tartar, red tuna tataki, vegetarian tofu roll, and Gallegan spicy beef are just some of the bites that you have to try when you visit the W’s famous lounge. Eclipse also has two more branches overseas, one in Chelsea and the other in Kensington, London.
This Mediterranean restaurant is well-loved by the locals that it opened three branches across the city. Start off your dining experience with the popular Spanish soup “Gazpacho Andaluz con Sevilla de Verduritas y Picatostes” or Gazpacho Andaluz with Seville Vegetables and Croutons. It is a refreshing take on the pureed tomato soup that is served ice-cold, a lovely starter especially during the hot summer nights. For those who love beef dishes, their “Saltimboca de Buey con Wok de Verduras y Salsa Yakitori con Berro” is a must-try since it is a hearty mix of stir-fried Saltimboca beef with vegetables, complemented with yakitori or grilled chicken and watercress skewers on the side. On the other hand, poultry fans can get their “Magret de Pato a la Brasa con Confitura de Orejones.” This dish is a Duck Magret that is charcoal-grilled and served with a sweet-tangy apricot jam sauce. Divinus is truly a restaurant that uses fresh local ingredients to create mouth-watering courses.
Sidecar Factory Club
No, it’s definitely not a factory that runs through the night, instead it is a bar where musicians, theater lovers, and even comedy fans get together. It was once a simple breakfast bar that was transformed into an artist destination by 1982. It holds various shows from comedy acts, poetry reading sessions, comics exhibitions, video art installations, DJ spinning sets, and band concerts. If you’re looking for an intimate venue to hangout, this is the perfect place to be.
El Tablao de Carmen at Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc
El Tablao de Carmen
If you want to experience a night filled with history, heading down to the Poble Espanyol’s “El Tablao de Carmen” is the way to go. It is an authentic flamenco evening show that pays homage to the great dancer, Carmen Amaya. Her outstanding dance skills have got the likes of Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, and Greta Garbo as some of her fans back in the day. What’s more special is that no two shows will be the same as flamenco is a spontaneous dance.
Barcelona truly shines during the night with its various nighttime activities that caters to almost all whims.