Barcelona Nightlife Barcelona is widely considered one of Europe's great party cities and deservedly so. Things may start slowly with some food and a few drinks after siesta finishes (at approximately 1700) but they soon gather pace and by 2300 the city is buzzing. Friday and Saturday nights are when the city is at its liveliest, although the drinking and dancing keeps going throughout the week. Bars are usually open until 0200 or 0300, while clubs and discos keep going until 0500 or 0600. The legal drinking age in Barcelona is 16 years. Port Olímpic is particularly buzzing on summer nights, as is Port Vell, where the Maremagnum shopping complex bizarrely metamorphoses into a nefarious collage of cafes, bars and nightclubs, open late into the night. In the last few years, bars modernos with music and designer décor have been popular with a young ultra-hip clientele across the city. The trend is to dress quite smartly when going out in Barcelona. Available in hostels, the free seasonal guide See Barcelona (website: See Barcelona. Barcelona City Guide.), and the Guía del Ocio booklet (website: La Guía del Ocio y entretenimiento de España), available from newsagents and newspaper stands, both provide information on nightlife in Barcelona. Bars: Xampanyerías (champagne bars) serving sparkling Catalan wine (cava) are a speciality of the city. Good places for cava include Xampanyería de la Bodegueta del Xampú, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 702, and El Xampanyet, Carrer Montcada 22. The latter also serves cider and tapas, in vibrant surroundings. Bar Pastís, Carrer Santa Mònica 4, has the honour of counting Picasso among its former regulars. The artist's other hangout was El Quatre Gats, Carrer Montsió 3, a modernista bar with good beer and live music from 2100. The original menu, designed by Picasso, is on show in the Museu Picasso (see Key Attractions). L'Ovella Negra, Carrer Sitges 5, is a favourite as much with the international backpacker set as it is with local students. Bar Marsella, Carrer de Sant Pau 65, is the place to imbibe an absenta, a close relative of absinthe. For the style-conscious, some of the city's coolest haunts include the chic Danzatoria, Avinguda Tibidabo 61, the perennially stylish Dry Martini, Carrer Aribau 162-166 and Ideal Cocktail Bar, Carrer Aribau 89. Mirablau, Plaça Doctor Andreu 2, at the foot of the Tibidabo funicular, is especially romantic, with its sweeping views of the city.(turkeyarena.com)Popular Berimbau, Passeig del Born 17, serves up good cocktails to a background of Brazilian rhythms, while Oven, Calle Ramon Turró 126, is a hip venue for cocktails, in a modishly-converted factory in the up-and-coming Poblenou district. Clubs: Barcelona's most beautiful people can be found in Barcelona's most beautiful people can be found in Up And Down, Carrer Numància 179, the city's most exclusive nightclub, while a younger, more down-to-earth crowd boogie to the latest sounds at Bikini, Carrer Deu i Mata 105 (website: Sala Bikini). The split-level Moog Club, Arc del Teatre 3 (website: redirect MASIMAS), in the Chinese Quarter, offers the best of European techno and hosts big international DJs. Salsitas, Calle Nou de la Rambla 22, with a well-designed bar, restaurant and a dancefloor, is one of the city's trendiest hotspots, while Alfa, Carrer Major de Gràcia 36, is celebrated for its rock and indie music. Popular open-air haunts include La Terrazza, Avinguda Montanyans - open in the summer months only (website: Night Sun Group Website *). Punto BCN, Carrer Muntaner 63 (website: ..::GRUPO ARENA::..), is a popular gay club.turkeyarena.com For flamenco dancing, try Tablao Flamenco Cordobes, La Rambla 35 (website: BARCELONA FLAMENCO SHOW! - TABLAO CORDOBES - FLAMENCO RESTAURANT), Los Tarantos, Plaça Reial 17 (website: redirect MASIMAS), or Tablao del Carmen, Arcs 9, Poble Espanyol (website: Flamenco en Barcelona El Tablao de Carmen Amaya, restaurante). La Paloma, Carrer Tigre 27 (website: www.lapaloma-bcn.com), is a beautiful dancehall dating from the early 20th century. The band plays to an enthusiastic crowd, with a menu of pasa doble, tango, salsa, flamenco and more. Live Music: Large-scale rock and pop concerts by international stars can be heard at the Palau Sant Jordi, Passeig Olímpic 5-7, the Estadi Olímpic, Montjuïc, and Camp Nou, Avenguda de Joan XXII. Harlem Jazz Club, Carrer Comtesa de Sobradiel 8, hosts jazz and other live music, daily until 0400. Jamboree, Plaça Reial 17, is a long-standing and popular jazz, blues and funk venue. Traditional folk music from Catalonia, Spain and the rest of Europe is on offer at the Centre Artesà Tradicionarius, Travessera de Sant Antoni 6-8, which hosts concerts on a variety of evenings.