Thursday Night: Barcelona. How to Party Like a Local
Barcelona at night. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Ah, Thursday night—the only truly social night of the week. It’s the night when babysitters are booked, friends convene and drinks are imbibed. There are no family obligations to fulfill, no amateurish weekend crowds to elbow through—and the possibilities are endless. The night starts after work and ends whenever you want. In any city. All over the world.
This week, we present the perfect Thursday night in Barcelona:
Interior of El Bulli (Photo: Getty Images)
It’s no wonder that chefs Ferran and Albert Adrià set up shop in Barcelona after announcing the 2012 closure of their legendary El Bulli. El Bulli, near the town of Roses in Catalonia, was widely considered the world’s best restaurant, known for its molecular gastronomy and 35-course meals that would take six hours. Running it was wearying: Every year, the restaurant would serve 8,000 guests but get around 2 million reservation requests.
Tapas dish of Galacian octopus (Photo: Getty Images)
Unlike El Bulli or the tasting-menu temples of San Sebastian, the food scene in Barcelona is a lot more chill. It’s not uncommon to bounce around to tapas bars all night long, sharing small plates and drinking with friends, family and strangers. This is where you can visit an Adria venue, order a few small plates and cocktails, and then just leave. It’s a perfect city for a free-flowing Thursday night, where you can eat and drink like a king, without committing hours to any single spot.