On the banks of the river Onyar, northern Catalonia’s largest city rivals Barcelona for some of the best nightlife in the region. Attracting crowds seven nights a week, the bars and clubs of Girona are top notch. Diverse in style and genres, they’ll leave you spoilt for choice and send you home at dawn already planning your next night out. Explore the cobbled street of the medieval settlement after dark and see where the evening takes you. Here’s our guide to the best nightlife hotspots Girona has to offer.
A veteran of Girona’s after dark scene, this atmospheric bar has been serving locals since it opened its doors in 1983. Bringing together a diverse range of ages, the no-frills venue rolls out great nights with a selection of pop, rock and reggae on repeat. Hidden down a passageway off Placa de la Independencia, the café-by-day turned bar-by-night, has been the meeting place of generations of locals and makes you feel like you can drop in for a beer at any time of the day. Walk in and notice the upright piano dominating the floor space and order one of the house cocktails. If you’re looking for a night of authentic Girona culture, then this is your spot!
Hidden down the cobbled streets of the Old Jewish Quarter you’ll find the home of Girona’s rumba scene, Lola Café. Hosting live performances throughout the week this venue guarantees a fun night of dancing and cocktails. The single space seamlessly transitions from chilled afternoon drinks bar to a lively dance club blasting the best of the 80s and introducing you to the rhythm of the rumba. Its mix of modern and baroque-style décor coupled with a welcoming atmosphere makes this a prime location to add to your list of the best bars in Girona.
If mainstream music’s not your thing, then head to Yeah! for a night of alternative styles and hipster-worthy crowds. Opened in 2014, the centrally located trendy club features everything from special guest indie rock bands to guest and resident DJs. Boasting its own edgy style, the club is bursting at the seams with character and grungy charm and is a favourite for its live gigs and off-the-beaten track ethos.
Get two for the price of one in the city’s most popular student discotheque and pub, Lux. A vibrant atmosphere flows through the venue to the beat of current chart toppers blasting from massive sound systems. Plan to party here on a Thursday for a lively student crowd and dance until the sun comes up to the tunes of the resident DJs. A real landmark of Girona, the centrally located club is the perfect place to end a night in the historic medieval city.
Plan your Saturday nights around this stylish urban nightclub and sushi bar. One offers you dining, drinking and dancing all under the same roof and with its vast array of eclectic cocktails, the party starts as soon as you sit down for your evening meal. The venue has a chic, but industrial feel with its exposed brick walls and metal pipes. Bob your head along to the resident DJs and mix with a sophisticated crowd at this one of a kind hotspot.
Finding its home in the old Albeniz Theatre, Nou Platea is one of the city’s most unique and iconic clubs. The huge event space regularly hosts concerts, social events, shows and workshops and offers good times, whatever the occasion. Thursdays are student nights and centre around all the best dance rhythms, Friday nights have a little something for everyone and Saturday’s are all about deep house. The veteran venue on the nightclubbing scene is set in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and has been open since 1992. Still retaining some decorative features from its former glory days as a theatre, you’ll notice the huge stage curtain that hangs over the dancefloor. Take a breather from dancing your socks off and head upstairs to chill on the sofas.
Girona’s only jazz club is one of the best venues in town for live music. The cosy space is great for catching up with friends over a drink, whilst listening to some international and national jazz performers. Prepare to hear all forms of the genre from ragtime to Dixieland and spend the evening sampling their extensive selection of whiskey, gin and vodka. Whether you’re a jazz fan or not, a night at Sunset will no doubt, be one to remember.
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- Lucy Norris