Stag do shenanigans
I know this off subject as this is titled as an Asian nightlife blog, but I was invited to an old friend’s stag do a few months back. To be held in Barcelona. I had always wanted to visit Barcelona so I decided to accept the invitation and meet them there.
This was quick a big deal it would mean flying from my base in Singapore to Barcelona partying hard for 3 days and then flying straight back. I did entertain the idea that maybe I should combine this with a visit to my family in the UK at the same time, but I decided not to bother. Anyway after 12hrs of lying 3 days of partying, I would be in no fit state to visit family.
So onto the Barcelona Nightlife
Barcelona is visited my millions of visitors every year, the city attracts a complete spectrum of tourist. From weekend breakers, football fans, cultural enthusiast, stag and hen do’s to clubbers. It really is a city that offers it all.
We stayed the Generator hostel, not my choice but the group had stayed in the Berlin one before and rated in highly. The hostel is about a 20min walk north of the top of La Rambla and Catalonia square. So fairly close to the centre without breaking the bank. I looked at hotels on La Rambla but they were twice the price. The hostel is not what I imagined from a hostel. We had a private twin room with our own bathroom.
As with all stag do’s I have experienced we hit it hard the first night, In fact the main group arrived a few hours before and were already several drinks in when I arrived. But I am the master at catch up, so a few quick beers and shots at the hostel bar and the playing field was levelled.
We first headed to an Irish bar located just off the bottom of La Rambla, the bar was called Lennox bar and they have a couple of sites in Barcelona and one in Mallorca, the one we went to was at Pla De Palau 9. The drink prices we ok here, cheap compared to England and Singapore so suited my group down to the ground, but not cheap compared to most of Asia. But the main reason we came here is to watch the football games and get a few beers down our necks at the same time.
We stayed there a couple of hours, drinking beer and after beer, as well as several rounds of Jager Bombs. By the time we left at around 23:30 we fairly battered. The plan was to head down to the port Olympic and the more lively bars there.
Port Olympic has a decent online reputation but is not as good as I had hoped the area was quiet and the only other people there apart from a few large groups of tourists seemed to be north African hookers and drug dealers. We must have been accosted 10-15 times in 3hrs and offered everything from cocaine to alley way sex. To be honest I would not hurry back to port Olympic it sucks.
We partied hard until around 4am when jet lag and alcohol finally beat most of us. We headed back to the hotel and slept it off. Most of the group surfaced around 11am and we sort of split into two groups. One group headed to the beach, whilst the group I was in headed to Catalonia square in search of much needed food. Again we gravitated to an Irish bar, this one called George Payne’s. Food was buy one get one free, so we all had the full English breakfast, Oh my god I had forgotten how nice a full English can be.
We found out as well that the FA cup final would be on the large screen as well. So we ended up in here all afternoon enjoying a bucket of 5 Heineken for only 10Euro’s. Bargain when you think we were paying 5Euro a beer at Port Olympic.
We didn’t make it as hard as the night before and ended up crashing out at around 1 am. We spent most of it here and spent some time wandering around La Rambla were we found a few other drinking establishments. The prices on La Rambla were more than the Irish bar but still it was better fun than Port Olympic.
The last night was spent at the hotel bar, which actually turned out to be good fun, lots of younger party goers like ourselves with a good atmosphere.
After 3 days I was exhausted and had an early flight home so I didn’t party to hard and was passed out by midnight. Back to Asia and what I consider to be a better night life.