Some of the biggest nightclubs in Barcelona might close their doors temporary
The councilwoman of Ciutat Vella, Gala Pin, announced on Monday the temporary closure of four restaurants-club in the Front Marítim de la Barceloneta. Pacha, Opium, Carpe Diem and Shôko might close their doors for weeks. The town hall’s decision may, perhaps, put an end to the nightlife in the vibrant area. This is part of a negotiation aimed to redefine the ownership and uses of the entire maritime front of the Barcelona, the so-called maritime-terrestrial zone, which is framed between the Somorrostro beach and the Marine Zoo, next to the Forum. It includes promenades, gardens, several chiringuitos and even a McDonalds, in addition to the mentioned clubs.
The Barcelona City Council and the State have agreed to use the spacious public premises to the expansion of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in the city. Some sources of the Government have denied any agreement, declaring that it is necessary to meet the affected ones before taking any further decision.
Next week, there will be a meeting with representatives of employers, the Ministry of Heritage and the Ministry of Finance. The ownership of some equipment, roads and green areas has been transferred, but the use of “economic units” is still to be decided, according to the central government. It was also said that it must be a consensus decision, taking into account all the parties involved.
The nightclubs popularity pays about 60 million euros per year, representing over 700 jobs. Despite the negotiations to be made during the next days, the activity of three of the four nightclubs under threat would be affected anyway. Carpe Diem, Shoko and Pachá are being inspected for lack of safety regulations and, if the sanctioning process confirm the irregularities, the three clubs must close from a minimum of 15 days to 6 months long.