St. Christopher’s – Great party hostel, cheap food and drinks in the bar. Central to Plaza Catalunya

Itaca Hostel – Quieter hostel with balconies overlooking the streets near the Gothic quarter, near the Barcelona Cathedral. Short walk to the beach, away from Las Ramblas.

Hostel One Gaudi – Staffed by travelers from all over, this friendly hostel is well situated near Parc Guell and provides a great relief from the tourist swells of Las Ramblas and Barceloneta.


Opium – More upscale club located on the beach of Barcelona. Pro-tip, you can get on the guest list online for free ahead of time and avoid cover. Also make sure to get a stamp to head out onto the beach, you can grab a cheap beer from one of the locals and avoid the pricey drinks in the club.

Apolo – This massive popular club in Barcelona has something for everyone. Upstairs features some top 40/classic rock type music with a dance floor and seating. For the true partiers, you can head downstairs to check out the rave like atmosphere complete with laser lights and DJ’s.

Hidden Gems

Carrer Del Comte d’Urgell – Street full of locally visited Tapas bars much cheaper than on Las Ramblas and ideal for a taste of the local cuisine.

Paradiso – Upscale cocktail bar hidden in the back of a Pastrami shop. See if you can find it for yourself.