Although most tourists will miss this hidden bar, staged in an inconspicuous third floor flat, amongst resident at least Pipa Club is Barcelona’s worst-kept secret. Thanks to its very late license this shabby Sherlock Holmes-themed drinking den is regularly packed to the rafters with thirsty folk who have been kicked out of bars around the city. Keep your eyes out for the train of youngsters making their way across Plaza Real to Pipa at exactly 3am on a nightly basis (the closing time for virtually all other bars in Barcelona). Ring the bell, ascend the stairs, try not to fall over right in front of the doorman, and you too will be admitted into this coven of late-night revelry… and, although there’s no dancefloor to strut your stuff, plenty of friendly drunks and a pool table make Pipa an essential nocturnal adventure. Unsurprisingly given the name, the club is smoky as hell.
address: Placa Reial 3
tel: +34 (93) 3024732