Valencia has plenty of places to party or socialise over a drink, with cafes, bars and clubs dotted around the heart of the city. You might need to plan ahead, though, as there’s no recognisable party strip, although El Carmen, the old town, is the popular nightlife hotspot. Partying in Valencia, like most places in Spain, takes it to a new level. Nights start late, and with most clubs, the party doesn’t get going until 1/2am, so it's customary to stay out until daybreak. Be sure to try the wine and sangria while you’re there, and don’t miss the tapas bars.
This is one of Valencia’s most popular venues and attracts an eclectic crowd most nights. It’s a cultural hub with flamenco performances on Tuesdays, language exchanges and live music plus tons of other events. There is a dance floor and a pub area for drinking. The music is an unconventional mix with everything from reggae to funk.
St Patrick’s Irish Pub
If you’re feeling a little homesick or want to watch sports, then this is the place for you. This friendly and spacious pub serves Irish whiskey, great beers and, of course, Guinness. Plus there are four TVs dotted around the bar to watch the latest live sports matches. There are also a number of other events held throughout the week.
To experience a stunning open-air club, check out L’Umbracle in the famous City of Arts and Sciences complex. It’s one of the more classier destinations that offers unbelievable views, great cocktails and house music. Dance with the backdrop of modern architecture and palm trees, with purple lights and giant candles - it really is a truly unique place to party.
Get a taste of Hawaii with this vibrant tiki bar. Inside, bamboo furniture, tropical plants, aquariums and fountains give it a real tropical feel. The chill-out music and small, separated areas give it an intimate touch. Cocktails are made with real fruit and served in tiki glasses, sometimes even with smoke. There’s also smoothies, artisan ice creams and slushies. There’s a second location of the beach, with a large terrace.
Birra and Blues
This Carmen craft bar is nestled between a busy shopping street and a cobbled alleyway and is one of the best places in Valencia to get a beer. It has modern decor, comfy seats and a laid-back atmosphere. They serve 10 of their own popular, locally brewed beers on draught alongside plenty of seasonal bottled beers. There’s also great pizza and tapas to try.
This alternative nightclub in the Port of Valencia is one of the city’s most iconic clubs. The three rooms have played host to many national and international electronic, house and techno artists. The state-of-the-art sound systems, buzzing club nights and casual dress code give it a great party atmosphere. For music lovers, there are all kinds of tunes from R&B to hip hop, techno to house and even trap.
Cafe de las Horas
This extravagantly decorated cafe is a well known, unique spot in the city. The baroque-style interior, tapestries, eclectic selection of music and fresh flowers make it a great location during the day, where it serves homemade cakes and coffee. At night it transforms into a cocktail bar, where you can get Valencia’s signature cocktail, Agua de Valencia, served in a pitcher.