Arena is the name of a legendary group of gay clubs, all located within the Eixample District, an area that has become trendy among gay crowds, suitably called Gaixample.
The Arena group has five clubs that complement each other, creating a powerforce in the Barcelona nighttime entertainment scene.
Each one caters to different musical tastes and crowds. Several bars in the area like El Punto offer free passes for the Arena Clubs (after buying one drink).
Arena Sala Madre
The first one of all Arena Clubs, focuses on electronic music, house and dance. Thursdays and Sundays are famous for over the top, campy sets. Features themed parties and special shows like striptease on Mondays and the Love Party on Wednesdays.
Address: Balmes 32. Metro Lines 1 & 2, Universitat Station/Bus: 54, 58, H12
Open every day from 00:30 to 5:00. On weekends and holidays from 00:30 to 5:30
Arena Sala Classic
Located right next to Sala Madre, Arena Classic features all type of old Spanish pop, 70’s and 80’s classics and plenty of gay icons. The motto here is: “if it’s new, here it won’t do”. Expect a mix hetero/gay crowd, lots of people and very hot temperatures!
Address: Diputació 233. Metro Lines 1 & 2, Universitat Station/Bus: 54, 58, H12. Open Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays from 02:30 to 5:30.
Aire Sala Diana
Originally designed for the lesbian community, Aire Sala Diana welcomes people from all sexes and kinds.
Hailed as the best lesbian club in all Barcelona, Diana features great atmosphere with the latest mainstream music combined with all time classics and latin music. Don’t miss the striptease themed “Stupenda” parties, the first saturday of every month.
Address: Valencia 236. Metro Lines 1, 2, 3 & 5, Universitat, Diagonal or Passeig de Gràcia
Bus: 20, 63, 58, H10
Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays from 23:00 to 2:30
Thursdays free entry
Arena Sala Dandy & VIP
These last two clubs are both located on the same building on different levels. Attracting the youngest crowd of all, features commercial house, mainstream commercial stuff, past decades classics and everything in between, so expect the unexpected!
Address: Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes 593. Metro Lines 1, 2, 3 & 4. Universitat, Catalunya or Passeig de Gràcia.
Bus: 7, 50, 55, 66, 67, 68, H12
Open Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays from 01:00 to 06:00