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Spain Nightlife

1 Calle Sant Joan
Palma , Mallorca
Spain 07012
Tel: 34 971 714 939

Behind an unassuming wooden door in Palma's old town lies the island's most unique cocktail bar. The only distinguishing mark is a sign warning that taking photographs is not allowed—once inside, you'll understand why. The beautifully restored palace is overflowing with fruit, flowers, and candles, which spill over every available surface. For a pre- or post-dinner drink, take a seat on the interior garden patio with bubbling fountain, caged birds, and classical music. Order a cocktail with freshly squeezed fruit juice, served on the side in a small pitcher. If you just want to have a look around, don't be shy: Abaco has been declared a historic monument, meaning everyone is allowed entry. Upstairs, you can even visit period living quarters.

Open daily 8 pm to 3 am.

42 Paseo Marítimo
Palma , Mallorca
Spain 07012

Located at the far end of Palma's Paseo Marítimo in a rambling house cut into the side of a cliff, Abraxas is a classic on the city's night scene. Inside, there are two dance floors, three large bars, a lounge, and lots of go-go girls. The main floor is given over to house while the VIP area cranks out funk, '80s tunes, and Spanish pop. As clubs go in Mallorca, Abraxas is at the top end, attracting a cosmopolitan crowd of locals and tourists alike. In the summer months, you can cool down with a drink, an ice cream, and some chill-out music on the outdoor terrace overlooking the yacht harbor.

Open daily 11 pm to 6 am, July and August; Fridays and Saturdays 11 pm to 6 am, September through June.

Altxerri Bar & Jazz
2 Calle Reina Regente
San Sebastián
Tel: 34 943 421 693

The street level is an art gallery featuring the work of up-and-coming painters, sculptors, and photographers, but the lower level is one of San Sebastián's best jazz venues. With its stone walls and funky alternative vibe, this place has been hosting jazz and blues performers Tuesdays through Thursdays for over 20 years. It consistently draws a crowd of über-cool jazz aficionados in their 30s and older.

Closed Mondays.

Arola Madrid
43 Calle Argumosa
Tel: 34 91 467 0202

The restaurant in the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid's most avant-garde museum, is everything you'd expect. A shimmering red ceiling ripples and then soars skyward, giving the place a bizarre sense of sci-fi motion. On Wednesday through Sunday, the place is not limited by the opening hours of the museum and doubles as a lounge and dance club, DJ included. The kitchen is equally avant-garde, the brainchild of Sergi Arola (the Adrià protégé of two-Michelin-star La Broche fame). Needless to say, these aren't your Spanish grandfather's tapas. Don't be squeamish about eating raw pork: a carpaccio of solomillo de cerdo ibérico (loin of acorn-fed black pigs) is spot-on.

Carretera Sant Joan, Km 13.5
Sant Llorenç , Ibiza
Spain 07812
Tel: 34 971 325 356

Aura kicks off the evening with cocktails and gourmet tapas, segueing gently into what is arguably the hottest nightspot for grown-ups on the island. While it's definitely more of a lounge bar, by 1 am the dance floor is jumping. The music could be anything from funked-up disco and soul to new wave and jazz…just don't expect techno. The brass-colored polished concrete floors, gold organza drapes, and huge circular lounge beds in shades of peach and dusky rose create a decadent Arabian Nights vibe. Outside, an intimate terrace with horseshoe-shaped booths divided by jasmine, banana trees, and orange bougainvillea provides a tropical chill-out zone. Aura is a favorite VIP haunt: Sienna Miller and Rhys Ifans, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter have all partied here along with superstar DJs like Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling.—Tara Stevens

Open Mondays through Saturdays 8:30 pm to 4 am, May through October.

Bar Txepetxa
5 Calle Pescadería
San Sebastián
Tel: 34 943 422 227

There's a variety of pintxos at this wonderful little Casco Viejo bar, but the real reason to come is to sample the ones made with anchovies. You may think you don't like this small fish, but the fresh ones here, topped with spider crab cream, sea urchin roe, or jardinera (finely diced peppers in a sharp vinaigrette), are guaranteed to change your mind. A steady stream of locals and tourists file in and out of the small square bar (whose only real stab at decor is the anchovy pintxos menu printed on a large fish-shaped piece of cardboard behind the bar) to nosh and toss back txakoli.

19 Carrer de Rocafort
Spain 08015
Tel: 34 93 423 4314

This converted granja (dairy), with soothing black and white marble tiles and a carved white marble bar is a real find in a Sant Antoni neighborhood filled with crusty old bars and neon-lit tapas joints. Scottish owner Mike Cruickshank, a connoisseur of gin, offers a showstopping range of new-wave G&Ts: Hendrick's with cucumber; orange Beefeater with a drop of Grand Marnier. Stop here for a nightcap after a tapas dinner across the road at Inopia.

Paseo de la Concha
San Sebastián
Tel: 34 943 473 601

Locals describe Bataplán as "de toda la vida"—a classic that's been around their whole lives—and the younger ones, at least, are right. Opened in 1979, the disco owes its longevity to its great location right on La Concha beach; it draws a diverse crowd, including celebrities like Antonio Banderas and Charlize Theron in town for the annual film festival. The interiors are mod (including one seating area with pods that look like they're straight out of a sci-fi movie), and the music ranges from hip-hop and house to soul.

Closed Monday through Wednesday.

8 General Artetxe
San Sebastián
Tel: 34 943 275 026

The almost rococo display of pintxos at this bar can be overwhelming—but luckily, you can pretty much close your eyes and point; every dish here is a winner. Our favorites: foie gras with peeled grapes, and txalupa, a puff pastry filled with mushrooms and langoustine in a cava wine reduction (order a glass of cava to go along with it). The bar's location in the residential neighborhood of Gros means that it draws a nicely mixed crowd, including families.

Blue Marlin
Cala Jondal
Cala Jondal , Ibiza
Spain 07849
Tel: 34 971 41 01 17

All set to be one of 2007's hot spots, long-time Ibiza-philes will probably know this sophisticated beach bar as the high-class Jockey Club. With many of the island's jet-set homes nearby, the vibe is super-rich, super-luxury, and very often A-list, although you'll generally find that set ordering takeout champagne and caviar from their yachts anchored just offshore. Still, when the glitterati are out in force, it's worth dressing for the occasion.

Buddha Del Mar
8 Plaza de la Legion
Spain 41001
Tel: 34 954 089 095

Buddha Del Mar is housed in the former Estacion de Cordoba train station, a Mudejar building that was originally built as the Seville pavilion for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. Spread over three floors, it offers oriental cuisine, a tearoom, chill-out lounge, and a nightclub. In summer (June through September), head to the huge terrace, where you can recline on a Balinese daybed if you buy a bottle of liquor, and gaze up at the huge arched iron and glass windows.

Open Mondays through Wednesdays 1 pm to 4 am, Fridays and Sundays 1 pm to 6 am.

Café Marula
3 Calle Caños Viejos
Tel: 34 91 366 1596

Frank Lloyd Wright shades of browns and organic yellows deck out this loud, warmly lit hot spot in the old La Latina neighborhood, where you'll find beautiful twenty- and thirtysomething crowds rubbing elbows indoors or relaxing (and actually hearing each other speak) on the rattan furniture outside, overlooking a big viaduct. Mojitos are tasty, and frequent live jazz and funk acts add to the fun. The place hops every night of the week, but come on a Thursday and you'll meet utter insanity (enter the bar before 11 p.m. so as not to get shut out).

Carpe Diem Lounge Club (CDLC)
32 Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta
Spain 08003
Tel: 34 93 224 0470

The reigning queen of nightlife on the water's edge, CDLC is modeled on Amsterdam's Supperclub. Daybeds heaped with silken cushions discreetly obscured by gauze drapes (often peopled by members of the Barcelona football team) are the main attraction. The rest consists of an uncomfortably loud restaurant and sea-facing terrace, roaring techno on the dance floor, and a red velvet chill-out room straight out of David Lynch's Twin Peaks. If you can get your name on the list among the C-list celebrities, count yourself lucky.


Casa de América
2 Paseo de Recoletos
Tel: 34 91 595 4800

This luxuriously sprawling outdoor bar, set on a series of terraces in the garden of the Casa de América cultural center, is on the more sedate end of the Madrid cocktail scene. It's a lovely, tree-shaded, candlelit setup, frequented by an older selection of moneyed Madrileños. Order something appropriately pompous to match the setting, like a negroni, and contemplate the good life. The wine list and top-shelf liquor list are respectable, but it's all about the atmosphere. The place shuts down early by Madrid standards, around midnight, leaving plenty of time to hit the real bar scene afterward.

Casa de la Memoria del Andalus
28 Ximénez de Enciso
Spain 41003
Tel: 34 954 560 670

This plant-filled 19th-century patio offers one of the most authentic flamenco experiences if—like most people—you'd rather not stand around in a packed, smoky bar till the small hours hoping for a glimpse of "duende" (flamenco spirit). This is a popular venue, so buy tickets in advance and get there early for a good seat—chairs are arranged in rows around a small stage. As well as flamenco performances with a singer, dancer, and guitarist, you'll find concerts of Arabic and Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish) music that offer a less typical experience.

Performances daily at 9 pm.

18 Calle Castelló
Tel: 34 91 575 2866

Architect Ignacio García de Vinuesa has created a memorable visual experience at this tapas and cocktail bar: Recessed lamps emit a warm, romantic light that dances off walls in browns, greens, and oranges. Chef Elías Murciano's seasonal Mediterranean menu changes frequently and is extremely inventive: Think artichoke soup with mullet and vanilla oil or a "carpaccio" of figs and Campari gelatin. You can sit at the informal tapas bar or sit down for a full meal, but it is the former that perhaps best exposes you to the modern concept of the place, where you'll find trendsters galore. Murciano's wine list is also excellent.

Club Mix
21 Carrer Comerç
Spain 08003
Tel: 34 93 319 4696

The Born area of Barcelona—a ten-minute walk from the Ramblas and Barri Gòtic—is a magnet for night owls. Bars from the insalubrious to the swish line the Passeig del Born and the labyrinth of streets around it. Club Mix pulls in anyone up for post-midnight dancing. Up front there are a handful of tables, but head to the back, where funk and house classics are a staple on the tiny dance floor, ensuring an international thirtysomething crowd.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 pm to 3 am.

Corral de Moreíra
17 Calle Morería
Spain 28005
Tel: 34 91 365 8446

Taking in a flamenco show in Madrid can be a fantastic experience, but beware cheesy imitations—tourist traps abound. Moreíra is the real deal, the place where all the big-name dancers perform when they're in the city and where the stars come to take in a show. The walls are covered in pictures of patrons past and present, spanning 50 years—from JFK, Che Guevara, and Frank Sinatra to Bono, Hugh Grant, and Sarah Jessica Parker. The venue is a typical tablao, with a small stage at one end of the huge room and the rest of the space crammed with wooden tables and chairs. Dinner is served before the show, with a minimum expenditure of €45 ($71) per person, not including the €30 ($47) entrance fee. The dancing (and singing) begin at 10 pm, with the house troupe followed by an invited guest performer. It's all very serious, and at times it seems certain the foot stomping will break the wooden stage. Seating is assigned depending on when the reservation is made, so book early.

Open daily 8 pm to 2 am.

Corto Maltés
20 Calle María Díaz de Haro
Tel: 34 94 4275137

A cozy sliver of a bar, with a faintly nautical decor and a sound system piping in rock hits from the '70s and '80s, Corto Maltés packs in a diverse crowd (twenty- and thirtysomethings on the weekends, and the over-40 set on weeknights). The real reason to go is for the Champagne and excellent cocktails prepared by the friendly staff. The mixed-drink choices aren't especially inventive—gin and tonics, cuba libres, etc.—but they use high-quality spirits and freshly squeezed juices.

Cotton Club
25 Calle Gregorio de la Revilla
Tel: 34 94 410 4951

Harlem it ain't, but this Cotton Club is still a great place to dance. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, a clientele of twenty- and thirtysomethings comes to groove to DJ-spun tracks. Pop, rock, and soul musicians also perform live (check the calendar on the website). Set in the neighborhood of Indautxu, southeast of the Guggenheim, the moody-looking space is decorated in black and red with dark metalwork. It's also small—only about 100 people can fit inside—so steer clear if bumping elbows on the dance floor isn't your thing. The bar serves more than 100 varieties of rum and whiskey.

Del Diego
12 Calle de la Reina
Tel: 34 91 523 3106

Dapper in his dark suit, distinguished in his courtly manner, and wrinkled with cocktail wisdom, Fernando del Diego presides over his warmly lit zinc bar with a level of precision and humble attention to detail that is a revelation even in a city full of great bars. House creations include the Diego, with vodka, kirsch, lime, and melocotón (a sweet, red squash-like fruit); the soltero tranquilo, with vodka, Calvados, lime, and blue curaçao; and one of the best-balanced mint juleps in existence. Yet to focus merely on del Diego's recipes is to appreciate only part of his talent. Stop and take a moment simply to watch the master mixologist's hands—the measured flick of ice cracker against cube nestled in his palm, or the quick, compact full-arm shake that kicks up a froth neither one millimeter taller nor one millimeter shorter than is intended. This is where an Adrià foam meets a Federer forehand, and it's much appreciated by the thirtysomething local crowd, who are here for the cocktails rather than to be seen.

43 Calle Alberto Alcocer
Tel: 34 91 345 9047

Pintxos are Basque-style tapas, bites atop slices of French bread, and they represent one of the most fun little traditional corners of Spanish cuisine. Depintxos is a Madrid hot spot at the moment, not just for its pintxos but also for its luxe modern atmosphere, especially on the pleasant outdoor terrace, which is well situated for people-watching (though you'll probably be watching the beautiful people around you rather than scanning the sidewalk). Prices are surprisingly low, which is part of why you might endure a wait before sitting down. The food won't blow you away, but the codfish-stuffed roasted red pepper is nicely balanced, its cod slightly granular but creamy, and the pepper is delicately fried in a thin batter. Cubes of pork loin in mustard sauce atop french fries is a well-executed comfort food. Less convincing, though, are the blood sausage stuffed with too much rice and ill-paired with brie, and jamón ibérico.

Dry Martini
162–166 Carrer d'Aribau
Spain 08036
Tel: 34 93 217 5072

In a city that has nearly as many bars as it does people, choosing a favorite is next to impossible. But for many, this emblematic cocktail bar comes close. It's filled with ancient drinking paraphernalia, bottle-green banquettes, and a mirrored bar. The liveried bartenders mix the best drinks in town.

Calle Salvador Espiriu, S/N
San Antoni , Ibiza
Spain 07820
Tel: 34 971 803 240

Superstar DJ Pete Tong's move to Eden from Pacha in summer 2008 has turned around the fortunes of this nightspot, where Tong now headlines on Friday nights with the Wonderland party. Tong's move has also elevated San Antoni's rather insalubrious reputation to a more respectable clubland. The fairytale golden domes and turrets on the building's exterior belie a 5,000-strong capacity; if you're up for a megaparty, this is the place to be.—Tara Stevens

El Divino
Puerto Ibiza Nueva s/n
Ibiza Town , Ibiza
Spain 07800
Tel: 34 971 190 176

Widely recognized as the white island's most glamorous club, the divine one is situated in the middle of Eivissa town's new harbor, affording captivating views back across the port to the old town. The interior, with its billowing candy-colored canopy and wraparound terrace, VIP souk-style sofa zone, and pulsating dance floor, is the late-night haunt of the island's most beautiful visitors. The official opening party for 2007 is June 8, and those with serious glam factor arrive by private yacht to the club's jetty and make straight for the VIP area (tickets available in advance through Lesser mortals arrive by the El Divino water ferry from the port, which runs every 15-20 minutes from 8 a.m to 4 a.m. The big nights are Miss Moneypennys on Fridays and Hed Kandi on Saturdays. Look out, too, for the more laid back Monday-night house parties, courtesy of Milk 'n' 2 Sugars.

Closed November through May.

El Eme
5 General Concha
Tel: 34 94 443 4298

Over 50 years old, this place—currently run by the fourth generation of the same family—has a cheerful bar in its front room and an informal sit-down restaurant in back. It's locally famous for its pintxos, especially the fried croquettes and the triángulos (triangles) and torres (towers): stacked finger sandwiches with alternating layers of ham, egg, or anchovies, dressed with mayo and the house's secret sauce. A glass of txakoli, the slightly effervescent local white wine, or a kalimocho (a mix of red Rioja wine and cola) makes the perfect accompaniment.

Gay Nightlife

Gay nightlife in Barcelona is centered on a sizable swath of the Eixample district dubbed the Gaixample. Roughly outlined by the streets of Balmes, Comte d'Urgell, Aragó, and the Gran Via, it contains gay-focused and gay-friendly bars, clothing shops, and restaurants. Presiding over the scene is the five-star Axel Hotel, with a summer-only rooftop terrace bar that draws the bronzed and beautiful. La Chapelle is a fun café-bar with lots of religious iconography on the walls, and Sweet Café is a good option for an early evening drink. As for clubs, house-heaven Metro is the classic old-timer, while the current darling is Museum, whose odd combination of kitschy Greek decor and dance and pop classics has hit a collective party nerve. Pick up a copy of City Loop, a free Gaixample map and guide pinpointing the latest hot spots.

Glam Street
31 Manuela Malasaña

In keeping with the style consciousness of the neighborhood, this Malasaña lounge and dance club is owned by the artist Yurena, formerly known as Ámbar and before that as Tamara. Glam Street attracts an older crowd than some of the more down-and-dirty pubs that line the area's streets. A rotating cast of DJs spins here, with a common focus on indie pop. Things generally don't get going until after midnight. Arrive ready to dance.

Glass Bar and La Terraza del Urban
Hotel Urban
34 Carrera de San Jerónimo
Tel: 34 91 787 7770

If you can get in—and come early (before 10 p.m.) if you want to be guaranteed a spot—these bars in Hotel Urban are the hottest places in the city for young professionals and beautiful people to sip cocktails. It's not hard to see why: The Urban's smooth angles of glass create an environment so cutting-edge it borders on apocalyptic, although inside the Glass Bar, you'll probably have to wait until the end of the world to get the bartender's attention. (At least he or she will be spectacularly attractive.) La Terraza del Urban is the most appealing space of all: Its rooftop views are unparalleled, its chaise longues luxuriant, and its sofas sexy. There's even a swimming pool.

Harlem Jazz Club
8 Comtessa de Sobradiel
Spain 08002
Tel: 34 93 310 0755

The Harlem Jazz Club is an icon in the city. An intimate club perpetually choking with smoke (seriously, you could cure meats in this place), it combines a simple bar, an open dance floor, and a stage. But when jazz, blues, flamenco, Latino, and fusion musicians play to Harlem's appreciative crowds, magic happens. With the city's ever-tightening noise ordinances, this has become one of the few remaining live music venues in the city; thankfully it was always one of the best. Nightly concerts, which usually start around 10 pm, are free during the week.

Jockey Club
Platja de Ses Salines
Sant Jordi de Ses Salines , Ibiza
Spain 07817
Tel: 34 971 395 788

The stretch of beach at Platja de Ses Salines bristles with a party atmosphere through summer, when the upmarket beach clubs like Malibu and Guarana open their hatches. But for us, the iconic Jockey Club is the best of the daytime clubs. This place has maintained a shabby-chic appeal that feels so right in laid-back Ibiza—think fisherman's buoys and retro drinks signs swinging from the rafters. Bossa nova, chill-out, and '60s classics keep the A-list crowd coming back year after year.—Tara Stevens

Open daily 9 am to 9 pm late March through April; daily 9 am to 10:30 pm, May through September; daily 9 am to 9 pm October through early November.

Kafe Antzokia
2 Calle San Vicente
Tel: 34 94 424 4625

Housed in an old theater building, this place morphs from a restaurant and café frequented by students to one of Bilbao's best places to hear live bands—everything from rock and reggae to local music (check the website for the schedule). Every weekend, DJs spin the latest hits, including pop music sung in Euskara (Basque). If you've got kids, take them here for a Sunday-afternoon clown show.

Ctra. San José Km. 5.6
Spain 07830
Tel: 34 971 396 349

KM5 is where the party people come to wind down. It's pretty obvious why, with its scatter cushions, hammocks, leather poufs, hanging lanterns, and red, green, and gold bedouin-tented lounge areas, which bring the richness of Moroccan palaces to the Mediterranean. In addition to the mellow bar—open until 4 a.m.—and equally mellow music, a late-night restaurant serves decent salads, grilled meat, and fish until 1:30 a.m.

Closed from October 7 to April 28.

Hotel Photo
8 Calle Rollo
Tel: 34 91 547 1005

The groundbreaking drinks at this artistically lit "bar gastronómico" extend the Spanish flair for culinary experimentation to the cocktail shaker. The selva negra is vodka infused with vanilla and strawberry and mixed with strawberry juice, white-chocolate liqueur, and chocolate dust, for a dessert-like approach to mixological perfection. Vodka is only one among many infused liquors: Tequila is flavored with orange and mandarin peel; whiskey, with apple and pear; and pacharán (sloe gin from Navarra) is seasoned with myriad spices. The crowd is international and a bit studenty.

La Compañía del Ron
23 Calle Máximo Aguirre
Tel: 34 94 421 3069

Known for its massive collection of rums from all over the world, this slim, dark bar has shelves cluttered with old bottles and walls plastered with vintage posters. Locals hang out here all day—whether it's to sip a vermouth aperitif before dinner while they extract delicious periwinkles from their shells, or to sample exotic rums from places as diverse as the Caribbean, Austria, and Thailand.

La Cuchara de San Telmo
28 Calle 31 de Agosto
San Sebastián
Tel: 34 943 420 840

Cuchara serves up the most sophisticated pintxos in town: tomatoes stuffed with ventresca (tuna belly) and bonito, crispy pig's ear with garbanzos, and creamy sweetbread croquettes. The place draws crowds of food-obsessed twenty- and thirtysomethings; it's not your aita's (father's) pintxos bar (though one bite would probably win him over). If the weather's good, come early to snag one of the four outdoor tables, order a glass of red wine from Rioja or Navarra, and watch the foot traffic in the Casco Viejo.

La Viña del Ensanche
10 Calle Diputación
Tel: 34 94 415 5615

This cavernous, grand old bar, where pata negra hams hang above dark-wood tables and benches, has been around since 1927. It still draws crowds after all these years—mostly locals who come for the fantastic Ibérico ham, the classic Gilda pintxo (semi-spicy guindilla peppers skewered with green olives and a salted anchovy), and a tasty house red wine from the nearby Rioja region. There's a shop selling vintages and gourmet food items right next door.

43 Avenida Alberto Alcocer

Like a playroom for older kids, this nightclub is decked out in pop art, museum-worthy lighting, and trendy furniture and is one of the spots of the moment for the 25-to-40 dance crowd. The before-dinner hour is fairly low-key, but late at night the cover is a bit steep—averaging 25 euros ($34) for the privilege of paying ten euros ($14) per cocktail. It's a filtering mechanism: You're not just paying to hear prominent local live-music acts, nor to lounge around a spectacularly landscaped outdoor terrace–Japanese garden; you're also paying to be around the beautiful people until at least 5 a.m. The website lists upcoming shows, and look out for fashion-show cocktail hours.

Luz de Gas
244 Carrer Muntaner
Spain 08021
Tel: 34 93 414 3325

Luz de Gas, in the well-heeled upper Eixample neighborhood, is synonymous with Barcelona's vibrant Latin music scene. Originally a fin de siècle music hall, it now hosts local and international acts performing salsa, flamenco, and everything in between, either in the main hall or the smaller Sala B next door. Like all successful clubs in Barcelona, it multitasks, turning into a popular spot for mainstream and Latin-tinged dance music that attracts a smart, well-off 25–40 crowd (starting at 1 am Wednesdays through Sundays). Put on your glad rags, the trendier the better: The doormen are notoriously snooty.

Open daily from 11:30 pm.

Moët & Chandon Bubble Lounge
19 Calle Infantas
Spain 28004
Tel: 34 91 522 8138

Madrid's barrio of Chueca offers the city's most eclectic array of restaurants, bars, and shops. One of the newest is Isolée, a multi-function space (including fashion, home decor, and gourmet food shops) chosen by Moët to house its Bubble Lounge, one of only four in the world. The Bubble Lounge, done out in black and gold, is located in the basement and frequented by a chic predinner crowd. Champagne is sold by the glass or bottle, and there's a cocktail menu that includes a Moët Bellini and a Moët Mimosa. For bubbles with a bite, try a Moët Black Velvet, which mixes Champagne and Guinness.

Open Sundays through Thursdays 6 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 7 pm to 1 am.

Moma 56
56 Calle de José Abascal
Tel: 34 91 399 0900

Hanging white orbs play off sexy shades of red at this Chamberi hot spot, where a rotation of three resident DJs plus a host of visitors spin house music until at least 6 a.m. The door, especially after midnight, is your classic velvet-rope situation: That is, you're well advised either to be a good-looking female or to have some along. Otherwise, there's no telling how long you'll wait or how much you'll pay for the privilege of entry. Theoretically, e-mailing in advance should get you on the guest list. If you get hungry, there are two restaurants, Asialounge (Vietnamese-influenced pan-Asian) and Momabar (Spanish-influenced global fusion), that serve food until 3 a.m. on weekends. Booking at one of the restaurants can be another way to lift the rope.

249 Carrer Diputació
Spain 08047
Tel: 34 93 272 6187

Monvínic, in the Eixample, is a wine bar, restaurant, and (for members) a library on viticulture. Its cellars hold 3,000 varieties of wine from all over the world, but there's a daily list of wines by the glass, in case you're feeling overwhelmed. There are plenty of high-tech elements in place: For example, nifty electronic panels let you search by year, grape type, and region, and temperature-controlled ice buckets are built into the communal tables in the restaurant. Despite all the gadgetry, the surroundings are warm and welcoming, with oak and bronze surfaces and modernist furniture by local designer Alfons Tost (also responsible for interiors at the restaurant Santa), and laid-back jazz on the soundtrack. It'll come as no surprise that wine geeks love this place, but if you're a novice, the friendly staff will point you in the right direction without making you feel like an idiot.

Opens Mondays through Fridays 1 to 11:30 pm.

Avenida 8 d'Agost, S/N
Ibiza Town , Ibiza
Spain 07800
Tel: 34 971 313 600

The first club on the island, Pacha opened in 1973 and is still rocking after all these years. If you make it to only one full-on rave on Ibiza, it might as well be at Pacha. One of the big draws is the cool outdoors scene where you can dance, lounge, or kick back in a Bedouin-style tent. Inside, expect burlesque decor, barely clad go-go dancers, and a steamy, sexy atmosphere. The club's restaurant and sushi lounge provide a terrace to chill out on, and if you really can't bear to be parted from the brand, the Hotel Pacha is just across the street.—Tara Stevens

Open daily midnight to 6 am, May through late September; Fridays and Saturdays midnight to 6 am, October through mid-May.

Punto BCN
63–65 Carrer de Muntaner
Spain 08011
Tel: 34 93 453 6123

Open from 6 pm, this bar in the heart of "Gayxample," the city's gay and lesbian hot spot, is a chill spot to start the evening. A sprawling space dominated by a long bar, it doesn't earn many style points for the mundane, cafeteria-esque decor, but the friendly vibe, chill-out tunes, and constantly changing art exhibits keep this place busy all week long. Here you can also pick up passes for the Arena nightclubs, icons of the city's gay scene.

Puro Beach
1 C/Pagell
Cala Estancia
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Spain 07012
Tel: 34 971 744 744

Puro Beach is on a man-made island in the Bay of Palma and attached to the Puro Hotel in town, though it's open to discerning non-guests, too. From the all-white canopied daybeds and Zen-like waiting staff to the pool terrace and Puro Spa, sunrise yoga sessions and sundown cocktail hour, plus a top-flight fusion restaurant and Wi-Fi for those who just can't resist doing a bit of work, this is a true pleasure palace. Expect a well-heeled European clientele with cash to flash.

122 Carrer dels Almogàvers
Spain 08018
Tel: 34 93 320 82 00

Currently the hottest venue for big-name bands visiting Barcelona, Razz is everything superstadiums are not. Small-scale—even the most vertically challenged can get a glimpse of the stars here—with top-notch acoustics. The five clubs attached to this performance space attract night owls by the thousands who come to enjoy a smorgasbord of pop, punk, house, and funk in a seemingly endless variety of all-night fiestas. Since getting away from Poble Nou in the early hours can prove excruciating, you might as well stay till well after dawn. Check their site for full details of upcoming events.

8 Calle Clavel
Tel: 34 91 531 9186

Rick's in Casablanca wasn't a gay bar—at least not openly—but its Madrid namesake is. The Humphrey Bogart theme is fleshed out with marble floors, casbah-style cushions, curtains, and so on. Might all sound a bit cheesy, but they somehow manage to pull it off with class, which is far from a foregone conclusion in Chueca. In part because of the incessant theming, the place is more bar than dance club, although there is dancing, and this being Madrid, it hops until dawn nonetheless. Rick's has also become touristy, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, in this case. After all, sometimes you want to meet other tourists, and this is a point of reference for all.

Sala Bikini
547 Avinguda Diagonal
Spain 08029
Tel: 34 93 322 0800

While one usually imagines left-wing intellectuals of old hanging out in cafés, the legendary nightclub Sala Bikini was where the Franco-opposing gauche divine came to party in the 1970s. Rather bizarrely, it also had an on-site mini golf course, which is, sadly, long gone. Although completely rebuilt in the early 1990s in a post-industrial style, the club's party reputation remains intact. International acts such as Pink Martini and Ben Lee play in the smaller hall, but post-concert, the walls slide back and the larger space morphs into Bikini, a popular club playing both live and deejayed Latin-tinged beats. The crowd depends on the night and can be anything from hip-hop to rock fans, while Bikini tends to attract Barcelona's young expats.

Open Wednesdays through Sundays midnight to 5:30 am.

Playa d'en Bossa, S/N
San Jordi de Ses Salines , Ibiza
Spain 07817
Tel: 34 971 396 793

The legendary club Space celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009 by completely refitting the dance area, adding new high-tech light shows and a very sophisticated sound system (assume it will be loud). A series of terraces pump out funk, techno, and chill-out sounds, while the Red Box room delivers alternative grooves for clubbers who don't like the hard stuff. Space's flagship show is We Love Sundays, open from 4:30 pm through 6:30 am. On Tuesday nights, DJ Carl Cox hits the decks while his horde of fans hits the dance-floor. Aficionados who remember the good old days will be pleased to hear that the crowd still roars in greeting from the terrace as planes swoop in overhead toward the airport.—Tara Stevens

Open daily noon to 6 am, late May through early June and July through October.

Space Barcelona
141-147 Carrer de Tarragona
Plaça Espanya
Spain 08014
Tel: 34 93 453 0582

Space arrived in Plaça Espanya from Ibiza in 2004, and since then has risen through the ranks to become one of Barcelona's most fashionable nightclubs. Bathed in rainbow hues from its extravagant light show, Space throbs with the rhythm of Barcelona's most beautiful people and DJs flown in from the mother club. Big names occasionally headline, but this place is more for dance fanatics than followers of the music charts. Spanish grooves take center stage midweek, and the gay crowd comes for the hugely popular tea dances on Sundays. Less is more when it comes to the fashion here, except for shades—"the bigger the better" rule applies for those.

4 Calle Virgen de los Peligros
Tel: 34 91 521 4031

Suite, a gay hot spot with a mixed crowd not far from Puerta del Sol, is anything you want it to be. There's a trendy restaurant; there's a bar that teems with plant life; there's a discotheque; and perhaps best of all, there's a memorably beautiful terrace and garden full of trees and fresh air out back. Suite's music tends to have a deep groove to it, and even amid the crowds of good-looking twentysomethings on the dance floor, the place manages not to feel overcrowded or claustrophobic. Wear your party clothes.

Terraza Capote
El Barranco
Calle Arjona
Spain 41001
Tel: 34 680 182 225

Hidden away by the Puente Isabel II, better known as the Triana Bridge, this outdoor hot spot is Seville's answer to the beach bar, with shady palm trees and tables that overlook the river. It's a relaxing place for an afternoon tipple, but at night, with the arrival of the DJ, it attracts an up-for-it young crowd. A few of the potent caipirinhas should get you in the mood.

Open daily 12 pm to 3 am, May through October.

Passeig Marítim s/n
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Spain 07014
Tel: 34 971 730 017

This multi-story town house is a spectacular-looking pile framed by palm trees beside Palma's port. Staircases on the outside lead to six different bars and three dance floors (where burlesque dancers set the scene), while a glass lift zooms the glitterati to the third-floor VIP room. This place was the height of glamour for the international jet set in the 1930s, and it remains a top night spot, even if techno isn't your thing. As a rule, the tempo generally gets quieter and less edgy on the higher floors.

2 Calle el Perro
Tel: 34 94 415 9772

Toss back a few cañas at this convivial Casco Viejo bar, which stays hopping late into the evening. There's an excellent selection of cheeses, which you can have paired with anchovies, tomatoes, or peppers (or served alone) on bread; if you're feeling bold, try the stewed cockscombs instead. The brightly lit, compact space, done up in pale woods, has a small area for sit-down meals, but it's more fun to hang out close to the bar (and the food) instead. If it's late and everyone is happily buzzed, order a glass of wine or a zurrito and toast your neighbors with the Basque word for "cheers": Osasuna!

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.