Friday May 20, 2016
Granada is a beautiful Spanish city offering excellent food, wine and architecture in a stunning landscape. With its rich cultural history, there are lots of things to see and do, but when the sun begins to disappear behind the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the heat of the day subsides, this is when nightlife in Granada really comes into its own.
Granada has a huge student population owing to the University of Granada which has four campuses that converge in the centre at the “Campus Centro”. The student population is a powerful driving force for Granada nightlife, but with everything from flamenco clubs to nightclubs and bars, there is something for everyone.
Calle Navas is known as the “tapas street” and is an excellent place to start an evening. It’s great for bar-hopping and as most bars will serve tapas with every drink, it’s also a good idea if you want to pace yourself! We would especially recommend:
Bar los Diamantes – an excellent tapas bar which has been running since the early forties. It is incredibly popular with the locals and offers fish and seafood specialities such as clams, squid and prawns.
28 Calle Navas, Granada +34 958 227 070
12 Calle Rosario, Granada +34 619 787 828
If you’re after a truly Spanish experience, the flamenco is an absolute must. Whilst Madrid is home to the largest commercial flamenco scene, its origins can be traced back to the caves of Sacromonte in Granada, where it is very much still alive. The flamenco clubs in Granada offer an ethereal rustic charm which simply cannot be found elsewhere. We would especially recommend –
With a capacity of 140 people and near to the Sacromonte Caves Museum, this is a great place to experience flamenco in an authentic cave setting. Even the journey there is an adventure with amazing views of the Alhambra on the way. An unforgettable evening!
5 Barranco de los Negros, 18010 Granada +34 958 22 84 75
Located in an old auditorium near Plaza Nueva in the old town. For a passionate performance in an intimate setting it cannot be beaten. Many clubs offer late-night shows but Casa del Arte’s relatively earlier shows (at 7.30pm and 9pm) are ideal if you’re going on elsewhere afterwards.
11 Cuesta de Gomerez, 18009 Granada Spain +34 958 56 57 67
If you want to savour more central Granada nightlife with authentic bars we would recommend:
Perched on the hillside below the Alhambra this cave bar is located behind Santa Ana's Church. It is a charming place with a lovely terrace and amazing views. Sit and relax and watch the sunset over the roof tops of Granada. Open Thursday to Sunday from 5.00 pm to 2.00 am.
4 Calle Cuesta de la Churra, 18009 Granada Spain +34 625 09 08 18
Here you will be able to enjoy delicious cocktails, Andalucían tapas and a variety of wines. On a spring day, if you can get a table in a sun trap, it is the best place in town to watch the world go by. It is open from Monday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 1.00 am (Friday and Saturday till 3.00 am)
19 Carrera del Darro, 18010 Granada Spain +34 958 22 77 59
If you want to experience true Granada nightlife and are seeking more of a club / concert venue we would recommend:
El Camborio Granada is a large nightclub or after hours pub in the cave district / Sacromonte offering breath-taking views of the Alhambra. The club is separated into two rooms – the cave room which plays Spanish pop and a more modern room which tends to play hip hop. As with most nightclubs there are many different offers and discounts for example for Erasmus students, for those with flyers and even for those arriving by taxi. Checkout El Camborio Granada facebook page for the latest deals and conditions.
47 Camino del Sacromonte 18010 Granada Spain +34 958 22 12 15
An alternative bar/concert venue well-known among indie music lovers and a great way to experience nightlife in Granada. Open Saturdays and Sundays only.11 Calle Horno de Abad, 18002 Granada, Spain
Mae West is one of the city’s most well known nightclubs. A large, impressive oriental-themed club, it attracts a fashionable crowd and plays commercial dance music but also Spanish pop. The club has two floors and is split into a number of zones but can still become crowded on weekends. Drinks cost around €7 and entrance is €10 including two drinks. No sporty clothing is allowed.
98 C/Arabial, Centro Comercial Neptuno, Granada Spain +34 659 18 56 12
La Sala El Tren is a huge out-of-town nightclub which may cost around €10 to get to from the city centre. However, the acts and the atmosphere more than make up for this extra expenditure. The club is renowned for its sound system and the events label, Substation, which routinely attracts internationally-recognised names in drum & bass such as Shy FX and Aphrodite. La Sala also plays reggae and dub and while it may be a warehouse-sized club, entry is still only €10 including either a spirit and mixer or two beers.
136 Carretera de Malaga, Nave 7 cp, 18015 Granada Spain
There are a number of other options to experience the true essence of nightlife in Granada including Ganivet, Forum Plaza, Aliatar Café and more. The tapas bars often stay open late and it’s not unknown for chairs and tables to be pushed aside to make way for a dance floor. However, the big nightclubs tend to stay open much later – until the sun rises, the shadows scurry away and Granada once again becomes a benign, noble and sensible city.
Our hotel El Ladron de Agua is located on the Carrera del Darro a stone’s throw from the Plaza Nueva, the Alhambra and the Albayzin so you can truly experience Granada nightlife to its fullest. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest information.