As you’d imagine in a city, you’ll find most things in Girona in terms of nightlife - from hip DJ bars and sophisticated jazz lounges to full-on techno/house clubs.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for somewhere atmospheric for an evening drink, the main areas to head for are either the old town or, on the other side of the river, the Placa Independencia which is full of bars and cafés lining the cloistered edges of the square. The Café Royal at No. 1 (972 217 459) is always a good bet with a terrace where you can people-watch across the square.
Another favourite of mine in the old town is La Terra at Calle Ballesteries 21, a lovely little Art Nouveau bar/restaurant with high, alcove ceilings and ceramic tiles on the walls. It’s also got lovely views over the river.
For a different feel entirely, La Sala del Cel at Calle Pedret, 118, (www.salacel.com), is a multi-level club set in an old masia, or stone country house. Since the mid-1990s it’s been known for hosting hip visiting DJs and is still a major fixture on the city’s electronica/techno/indie clubbing scene.
For more on nightlife on the Costa Brava, see my Costa Brava nightlife page.