My group of friends and I are heading to Barcelona, staying near the Ramblas, at the start of July for 6 nights, with 3 of us being 18, 1 17. I was wondering a few things....
Firstly, what is the likelihood of needing to provide ID to get into clubs? Which clubs will ask and which clubs are easy? Also what identification will we need to provide? My 17 year old friend doesn't really look 18. I was thinking of going in separately, sending him in first on one of my other friends driving license who he looks slightly alike, as in both blonde, and going in later with the same friends passport (Same name, obviously, but very different picture). Is this likely to work? If not can we bypass the ID system by getting their early, are there any clubs where this would be feasible? And is there any particular dress code we could follow to appear older?
All in all my first question is, with 3 18 year olds and a 17 year old, with some limited ID, what is the best way for us to experience a heavy night clubbing in BCN?
Secondly, where are some good places to visit for us? We're intending on a token trip to Camp Nou, are there any other good places for us to go? None of us are fussed on walking quite a way so, anywhere within a 3 mile radius we'll probably do on foot.
Thirdly, where are some good places for us to eat/drink through the day? We've heard some good things about Flaherty's near the Ramblas, we'll just be wanting to watch the football etc, on a tight budget so cheaper the better.
Fourthly, are we going to need to know any Spanish? None of us speak it so, just want to check we'll get through the week okay.
Finally, is it necessary to carry around a passport with us? Well versed on the issue of pickpockets, so am assuming despite the legal regulations, best to just leave at our apartment?
Judging by your writing style, I'm guessing you're a Brit. What you're asking for is advice on how to break the law in Barcelona. Generally the nightclubs ask for photo ID for anyone who looks under about 23 years old so you're going to have to hope that your driving license/passport scam works. Otherwise it'll have to be bottles of beer from the corner shop brought back to your hotel room.
As for the Camp Nou, it's well worth visiting and better if there's a match on (we happened to stumble across Barca v Murcia several years ago by accident; Xavi and Ronaldinho - brilliant!). There's an underground system that can take you there (line 3: Metro stop Palau Reial or Les Corts; line 5: Metro stop Collblanc or Badal) but it is only half an hour's walk from the Christopher Columbus column at the end of Las Ramblas. I can't remember there being many sights near the ground but other sights in the city include Gaudi's Pedrera (Casa Mila), the Sagrada Familia (which must be nearly finished by now!), Museu Picasso (brilliant), the Fundacio Miro and the Palau de la Musica. In the northern part of the city is Parc Guell. As a 40 year old I found all of these places well worth visiting - I'm not sure if a group of 18 year olds will find them quite so fascinating!
There are plenty of small (and large) bars around the Gothic area serving tapas as well as beers (including some craft beer). You don't need to speak Spanish but you will get a bit further if you do - dos cervezas por favor, buenos dias, gracias won't set the world on fire but you might raise a smile.
Enjoy your trip to Barcelona - it's a great city.
Thanks Boris, yes I am a Brit.
Are all nightclubs likely to ID or is it a case of when you get there and the popularity? I don't suppose you know any quieter ones that are still a good night with less strict checks?
Unfortunately no games at Camp Nou when we're going, but will book the tour.
Thanks for your advice on places, I'll definitely check them out!
All in all cheers, very helpful