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Spanish nightlife is legendary, and for good reason. This is the country that brought the world Ibiza-style house music and the international nightclub group Pacha. Yet not every night has to pulse with the beats of electronic and house music. Sophisticated cocktail bars are more popular than ever in Spain, as are theme bars (ever hear of Spanish country music?). Bohemian bars like Barcelona's Tinta Roja, with poetry readings, comedy nights, and classic film screenings, abound in the artsy districts of the big cities.

City dwellers tend to hit the first bar of the night after dinner ends (around 1 am), and then migrate to thediscotecas, or nightclubs, by 3 am, dancing till dawn. Cover charges vary widely, but you should expect to pay upward of 20 euros in classy venues. Dress to impress; trendy nightspots have strict dress codes and only allow those who look the part to cross their thresholds.

The Spaniards' deeply ingrained love for fiestas means that any city or town can host a good party, but a few stand out. Madrid residents are known as gatos (cats) for their late-night prowling; the city is famous for 3 am traffic jams caused by throngs of partiers. Seaside resorts, especially on the islands of Ibiza, Mallorca, and Gran Canaria, are also known for their nightlife.

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Casa de América, Madrid

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...more

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Carpe Diem Lounge Club (CDLC), Barcelona

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...more

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Café Marula, Madrid

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...more

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Buddha Del Mar

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...more

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Blue Marlin, Cala Jondal, Ibiza

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...more

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Bergara, San Sebastián

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...more

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Bataplán, San Sebastián

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....more

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Bar XIX, Barcelona

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...more

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Bar Txepetxa, San Sebastián

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...more

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Aura, Sant Llorenç, Ibiza

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...more

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