Visiting Barcelona is an amazing experience, the entire city is beaming with culture, everywhere you look, everything you do, there is an alternative to the norm, an alternative that feels much richer, that holds more history and character. The streets feel unique, the food tastes like a family recipe passed down for generations and the people pass you by like they haven’t a care in the world, but have somewhere to be. Most people visiting Barcelona only visit for a long weekend, so if you’re having a drink, going out for a dance or to listen to music, why not cast aside the chart hits and brand beers and go for a more unique experience, cocktails and bachata – a night of dancing with much more flavour.
Bachata is becoming an increasingly popular style of dance worldwide, and with it’s passionate, sensual and rhythmic qualities it’s no wonder Barcelonians adore it. With its roots in the Dominican Republic and an eight step sequence, this dance form has adapted to suit traditionalists as well as more modern approaches making it fun and accessible for all. Here’s a list of some of the best bachata bars in Barcelona.
Mojito is well known for having one of the best dance schools in all of Barcelona, it hosts a range of classes from introductory to experienced and on Thursdays and Sundays it dedicates it’s dance floor to salsa and bachata for a true Latin experience. Mojito provides a different take on traditional bachata norms, offering a more modern setting including a fusion of international music on Friday and Saturday nights. However, staying true to the Latin scene they host a regular Cuban live band on Sundays while holding onto its global vibes with a variety of international cocktail recipes.
Agua De Luna
Agua De Luna is a great start for newcomers to the bachata scene, with a drink included in the small entry fee of €5 it offers lessons during the week in a broad range of Latin dances including Cuban and salsa but specialising in bachata, and catering an even broader range of cocktails to match. The way that Agua De Luna stands out from the other bachata and Latin based clubs and bars in Barcelona is how it’s appropriate for everyone. With its dance lessons and salsa vibe during the week, both for the experienced and the novice, you can prepare yourself for the weekend when Agua de Luna transforms into a more typical club yet stays true to the Latin vibe with its vibrant atmosphere paired with more commercial international Latin music and regular local Latin-lovers. The range in experience levels at Agua De Luna means that it’s a great place to drop in both if you want a regular Latin experience, or to try out bachata for the first time.
Antilla Salsa club is fast becoming the most popular destination for Latin lovers in Barcelona, and there are many reasons that Antilla Salsa stands out from the rest. It boasts not one, but two dedicated spaces, each with a substantial dance floor, and when it comes to bachata, the bigger the better. This club has one of the best vibes in Barcelona, the variety of cocktails perfectly accommodates the electric atmosphere of the space and the entrance fee is included in that first drink, but you’ll likely be back to the bar for another. The biggest draw to Antilla Salsa has to be the live music – frequent nights with live Cuban bands, orchestras and a mix of international Latin and world music artists means that you can dance to bachata with that raw Latin sound.
Habana Club is located at the end of Barceloneta’s marina, it’s a short walk with a view like no other in the city. Situated opposite the beach and neighbouring a variety of unique and interesting bars this club serves as a restaurant until 11:00 pm when it transforms into one of Barcelona’s most interesting Latin clubs. Offering the best Latin music in Barceloneta and lessons in a range of different dances, this simple yet stylish Club is a must when visiting Barceloneta for anyone even remotely interested in bachata, salsa or Latin music.