Privé Barcelona

Feeling glamorous in your your Little Black Dress and heels and want to go to a place that reflects this chic?

Your go-to-club is definitely the Privé. From the outside it looks like a normal building. However, once you go through those doors…

Enter the first room walking down its stairs full of  lit candles and lots of white wax.
Room n°1 is very classy and chic: black walls, leather seats, mirrors, diamond-like ornaments hanging from the ceiling… Room n°2 is just as classy but much bigger.
As for the music: if you like commercial and house music, this is the place to go to! The DJ is great and really nice; he’ll play any song you ask for ! In addition, you’ll dance to songs you’ve never danced to because he does his own remixes of Adele, LMFAO etc…

This club may sound pretentious but don’t worry, whether you’re 21 or 26 you’ll enjoy it!

Check out their facebook page for special events !

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Hot Bar

If you’re in calle Tusset on a night out, a go-to-must is Hot Bar.

Do not be fooled by the size of this bar: it’s small yet lots of fun and has a trendy décor.
The bar tenders know their shit and the customers tend to be international students.
At the entrance, you’re given a ticket in order to get into Sutton, the club next door, for free till 2am!
Taste  their cocktails or enjoy, if you’re lucky and sober enough, free chupitos (shots) by playing their drinking games, the easiest being heads or tails; I got lucky and won a free shot of vodka!
And on Thursdays enjoy their free sangria, pica-pica and 5€ cocktails from 22h30-00h30 before heading off to Sutton! Do get there early to make sure you get these offers!
Check out their facebook page for more info !

Ryans Irish Pubs

Where to go on a Saturday night for several drinks before hitting the clubs, without spending a fortune and ending up in those dodgey bars we’ve all ended up in at some point?

Ryans Irish Pub is a chain of four Irish pubs with amazing offers:
1€ San Miguel beers, 0€50 house shots (basically of mix of different alcohols), 1€ shots, 3€ cocktails and, for the dehydrated lot, 9€/Liter of Sangria.
This is a perfect bar to go to for botellons (i.e spanish word for pre-drinking) or just for a (not-so-chill) chill night.
No matter how old you are or whether you’re a guy or girl, this place is perfect! Ersamus students, the locals, teens and several oldies with some pretty amazing life-changing-stories are all key ingredients of Ryans Irish Pubs!
P.S
They have a “pub-crawl-game”: Once you’ve been to all four Ryans and received a stamp from each, you win a prize!
Check out their website and facebook page for more info and pictures!

Rendez-Vous Café

In the Barrio del Eixample a small, cosey yet glamorous café stands at the corner of the Provenca/Enric Granados intersection: Rendez-VousThe meaning of this French word is date  or meeting. Either way, I immediately understood why people would want to have a rendez-vous here:

As much as the name is French the interior is a mix between a modern Manhattan café and an English Vintage Tea Room.
All-day, you can relax with a selection of various teas from the Mariage Frère  brand and coffees. Think you deserve a little Sex and the City break? their home-made cocktails and wine lists are to die for.
As for those feeling a little peckish, do not hesitate to ask for their foods menu where you can find French quiches, foie gras and paté, Spanish bikinis (i.e paninis) and pastries.
Whether you are going to meetup with a friend, boyfriend, future boyfriend or with your book, DO NOT HESITATE to taste the emblematic “sin mantequilla, sin grasa, sin conservantes” mini artisanal cupcakes: they are to die for! (and only 63kcal!)

Bon apétit chez Rendez-Vous

Té de Nadal & Cupcake de Zanahoria

Rendez-Vous Café Webpage

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Hello !

Welcome to the City of Blinding Lights blog!

I am not the typical blogger particularly interested in Art, Photography, Andy Warhol or Cinematography. I am your typical international student living the life in Barcelona.

A friend of mine asked me the other day to advise her about places to go out. Answering her, I had felt selfish keeping so many amazing experiences to myself and friends that I thought: i must share my little secrets and péchés mignons” of this City of Blinding Lights.

Notice that i didn’t say “welcome to my blog”. This is because i really would like to share every fun and entertaining experience one can have in Barcelona. So feel free to send me an email about YOUR favourite places in Barcelona!