Here is a (hopefully) helpful list of some simple do’s and don’ts when clubbing in Barcelona:
- Dress up
- This is not your hometown college haunt, the majority of the people surrounding you will be dressed to the nine so follow suit and dress to impress
- Unless you enjoy paying through the roof for drinks at the actual clubs, I suggest you drink (if you want to) ahead of time… either on the beach or in a park or plaza (haciendo el botellón) like a local, or in a bar or at home!
- Know the Barcelona metro system
- It’s helpful to know that the metro is open till 2am on Friday nights and is open 24 hours Saturdays! Otherwise the metro is open 5am to midnight. Also very helpful to know the various lines and stops. Nit buses are life savers sometimes!
- Bring personal ID
- If you’re from the states, simply carrying your state driver’s license is usually plenty.
- Use Aashi Guest List
- Rain or shine, no matter the season, using Aashi Guest List allows you to avoid paying cover fees at the best Clubs in the city. You don’t need to sign up online or anything, just say the magic words at the door and boom you’re in like gin. Aashi Guest List is also great for VIP nights, birthday celebrations, free dinners, and holiday parties!
- Wear crazy heels
- It’s just not advisable to wear 6-inch stilettos when you could be traversing cobblestone roads or very slick stairs. Dancing till the wee hours is a marathon not a sprint.
- Try to enter after 2 a.m.
- This is especially important in the summer months, as Barcelona becomes even more packed with study abroad students and tourists alike. You might as well take advantage of using Aashi Guest List, which usually ends by 1:30 or 2:00, depending on the club or day of the week. Long lines will have formed by 1am (or earlier on weekend nights), so don’t make this rookie mistake!
- Expect toilet paper
- Early on in the night sure it is easy to find a stall with a full roll still. That being said, as the night rages on, trust me you will be grateful you packed that pack of tissues in your clutch.
- Get too drunk
- Pretty self-explanatory here. Plus it’s just really embarrassing to be that really drunk American. You’re better than that!
- Bring passport
- There’s really no need to bring your actual passport. If anything, just bring a photo copied version and you’ll be golden.