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KER Club Welcome to the big league

Whispers of a new party spot had been circulating for a while until a riotous opening bash shredded any semblance of underground cred. Nevertheless, while it may be no secret, KER is still hands-down (or should that be hands in air) one of the most exhilarating clubs in the city.

Those in control of the sound streams are at the top of the game. Let’s name drop the likes of Seth Troxler and Levon Vincent, alongside electro royalty in the shapes of Laurent Garnier and DJ Harvey. Music-wise, you get the picture already, but what about the bricks and mortar? Taking their cues from the iconic Spanish interior designer, Javier Regas, it’s a pretty sleek affair that pulls off the trick of being both intense and intimate.

That’s not to say there aren’t a couple blots on their scoresheet. The old ‘buy a bottle and be a VIP for the night’ policy is just not what we call a party. And the marauding official photographer doesn’t do anything for the vibe either. Needless to say, you won’t notice such nuisances when the dancefloor starts to throb.

Cassette Bar Alternative choice

Located near the hipper end of Las Ramblas in Raval is this small bar, a favourite amongst the alternative music lovers of the city. The bar is owned by Fabio and Laura who between serving up cocktails play the freshest indie and underground electronica music, attracting a trendy crowd who warm up their night here before moving on to clubs like Moog, Sidecar and Apolo. The decor is playful and cool, with lamps made of cassette tapes and graphic art painted across the walls.

Bar Oviso New bohemia

Situated in the Gothic quarter on the trippy, teeming Plaça de George Orwell, Bar Oviso stands out as an unassuming, ambient dive from which to seek respite from the whir of Barcelona’s engine of tourism.

With a colorful, sea faring-themed indoor mural, turn-of-the-century circus-style interior décor and an outdoor terrace on one of the city’s peppiest little squares, Bar Oviso attracts a pleasantly laid-back brand of bohemian.

Along with a café con leche, the crêpes prove mouth-watering, while ample Mediterranean dishes, fruit shakes and various vegetarian options—a rarity in pork-centric Spain—grace the menu. Cocktails and wines round out the cuisine. During luscious summertime, Oviso is a veritable Barcelonian oasis, offering tasty, handily priced meals-of-the-day that include a starter and main.

Barroc Born to be wild

Barroc is one of the most popular bars in Born, combining a classic wooden decor and laid-back atmosphere with an even-handed emphasis on music and socializing. The dance-floor turns lively after eleven, when a previously down-tempo soundtrack of jazz and lounge music fades away and the sound system starts bursting something altogether more raucous, courtesy of resident DJ Alex. House, garage and deep house then provide a soundtrack to the night, accompanied by some far out visuals on the large projection screen.

If dancing isn’t your thing, or you’ve expended your energy elsewhere, then the bar area has a great cocktail list and friendly, sociable environment.

Once a month, Barroc plays host to a local art exhibition, and it also provides a screen for an annual short-film festival.

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