Join the party! And dance until the sun comes up!
Costa Brava is a coastal region in northeastern Spain stretching from Blanes up to the border of France. It’s known for sandy beaches, peaceful villages and mountain landscapes. The characteristic rugged coastline gives Costa Brava its name, which translates as ‘wild coast’.
Costa Brava Bars
The nightlife is fairly quiet compared to areas further down the coast. Even so, you’ll still find places to have a few drinks after dinner or dance the night away. It may not be party central but, as a Spanish region, nightlife still tends to start much later than other countries. Bars usually get going from 10pm and clubs get into full swing at about 2am.
Whether you want a peaceful seafront bar to enjoy a nightcap, a chic cocktail lounge or a lively club to dance to the latest house, pop or electro, there’s a resort in Costa Brava for you.
Hands down, Lloret de Mar is the place to be for a night on the dancefloor. Most of the pubs, bars and clubs can be found on and around Avinguda de Just Marlès Vilarrodona – the main street leading to the sea. This is more your typical Spanish clubbing spot with neon lights and streets heaving with party people. Expect foam parties, UV raves and the hottest resident and visiting DJs.
Tossa de Mar may not be as wild as its neighbour Lloret, but there’s still no shortage places to have a drink. The main seafront promenade is lined with restaurants and bars, perfect for a post-meal cocktail overlooking the beach and illuminated castle. Or there’s the Villa Nova area with plenty of bars with live music, karaoke and flamenco to keep you entertained.
Girona is also quite lively as it is fuelled by students at the city’s university. If you want to avoid the student antics and have a quiet evening drink, head to the Old Town or the Plaça Independencia. Girona’s party scene is slightly more sophisticated than the coastal resorts’ with its hip DJ bars and jazz lounges.
If you prefer a more relaxed night out, the hilltop town of Begur offers chilled bars, whileCadaques has a good selection of quiet places to enjoy a night cap. Roses has best of both with a mega club as well as small bars where you can listen to live music on the terrace.
Most of the larger clubs or ‘discotecas’ can be found in Lloret de Mar, but there are the odd few in the other main resorts.
Starting with Lloret, there’s Tropics Disco, a five room mega club where amazing international DJs such as Afrojack and Steve Aoki play. Their weekly themed nights include a foam party and ladies night. If you’re into your rave and techno music, visit Colossos Mega Disco for the ‘Hardcore Til I Die’ night, or there’s also a UV rave.
Aztec Disco has a different party every night of the week. Enjoy sangria at the Blood Raveon Monday, sip on a free schnapps every Thursday at Tezcatlipoca´s Prize Storm, and get wet and wild for Prayer of the Wet T-shirt on Friday. If you want somewhere classier there’sDisco Hollywood, a trendy club decorated with film star portraits and Hollywood movie posters.
St Trop has three floors including a dance floor, chill out area and club room with a terrace. Or there’s Privé Disco which has best of both worlds with Caribbean nights and a graffiti party as well as an outdoor lounge where you can chill with a glass of wine or a cocktail.
If you’re in Girona and in search of somewhere to boogie there’s Sunset Jazz Club in the Old Town. Sip on a spirit or cocktail and enjoy great live music every Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Or for somewhere a bit different there’s Platea, a theatre-turned-club playing pop and dance music until the early hours.
For those in Tossa de Mar there’s Chaplins Disco playing a big selection of mainstream hits. If you’re an electronic fan, head to Chic Cub in Roses. Rave away to techno, deep house and tech house while the light show, visuals and 3D mapping complete the vibe. When you need a breather from all the action, head out to the terrace or chill in the pool.
There are plenty of bars where you can start your night of partying in Lloret de Mar and most cater for hen and stag parties.
Texas Disco Bar have special offers for hens and stags and other groups such as happy hours, pitchers and free welcome shots on arrival. If you get peckish they have a bistro serving up British grub. Rock music fans should head to Yates Hard Rock Biker Bar.
Just off the main strip in Lloret de Mar is Funky Monkey which welcomes hen and stags as well as sports teams, as does Desperados next to the Gran Garbi Hotel which offers a large terrace, darts, pool and live sport.
Pubs and sports bars
There are plenty of sports bars and pubs in Lloret de Mar where you can grab a beer and catch the game.
Opposite the Aquarium Hotel is Navy Pub, a sophisticated, well-designed pub with a nautical theme. Or there’s Queen Vic a typical British pub with a large outdoor terrace showing live sports. There also have karaoke, a happy hour and themed nights.
Also in Lloret de Mar there’s Gerry’s Bar, Regents Pub and Rob Roy Tavern all with sky sports, beer gardens, pool, darts and lounge areas.
There is an assortment of cocktail places around Costa Brava where you can chill after dinner or start the night in style.
For somewhere romantic there’s Bar Cala Banys on Lloret de Mar seafront offering unique cocktails in a picturesque setting. Even better, there’s Romantic Bar in Tossa de Mar where you can relax in the garden lit up with fairy lights as you sip on a cocktail. Why not try the mojitos made with freshly picked mint from the garden. Cocktails are a bargain at around €4 and you can also snack on tapas.
If you want somewhere for a night cap, go to Café Rosa Azul in Cadaques where you can gaze out at the bay as you enjoy a mango margarita and listen to local bands playing live music. In Begur there’s Vintage Bar and Lounge with stunning views of the coast, DJs playing chilled-out tunes and an extensive cocktail list. If you’re based in Girona, have a freshly squeezed juice cocktail in a cosy atmosphere at the beautifully decorated Siddharta.
More upbeat is Hula Hula Polynesian Bar in Lloret de Mar where you can enjoy a piña colada in a ceramic pineapple or a coco loco inside a coconut as you listen to DJs and live music. Over in Tossa de Mar there’s Sant Antoni Disco Pub with great cocktails accompanied by rock ‘n’ roll music or Tahiti bar where you can listen to live acoustic music as you enjoy your cocktail. On Cadaques seafront is Nord Est, a friendly cocktail bar popular with the younger clientele with its pop, techno and house soundtrack.
If you want somewhere with a bit of character, there is no shortage of unique bars in Costa Brava. Tucked away in a corner on the seafront in Cadaques is L’Hostal, known as one of Dali’s favourite bars. Enjoy a drink inside the surreal, candle-lit grotto decorated with wax statues and paintings. You’ll find everyone here from backpackers and students to locals and tourists.
Or there’s the cosy Cafe de la Habana near the Hotel Rocamar, named after the Cuban capital due to the area’s historical connection to the country. Except chaps stumming guitars and singing Cuban folk songs.
Mar i Cel in Tossa de Mar has a quaint garden terrace and the interior is decorated with Gaudí style mosaics in the style of Park Güell in Barcelona. It mostly draws in the locals and is packed at weekends.
In Girona there’s Lola Café with the best Latin-American musicians every Wednesday and Thursday so you can try some salsa dancing. In Begur there’s La Lluna a quirky bar and nightclub in an old farmhouse with music ranging from jazz and blues to house and Euro disco.