Live music: enjoy music at its most authentic.
Barcelona provides its visitors with the chance to enjoy music in the most genuine way possible: close up and in small spaces so that you can soak up the local atmosphere just like a local.
Barcelona offers a wide range of live music options throughout the year that covers all manner of styles. The city also has a major network of places where you can enjoy live music. Routes to make the most of your stay in the city, we now want to complete this information with a parallel route involving places with quality live music.
Spaces where you can immerse yourself in the local entertainment scene as another local, soaking up the atmosphere of a city that constantly moves to the sound of all manner of rhythms: jazz and soul, rock, pop... Barcelona has spaces scattered throughout the city, from the city centre to outlying neighbourhoods, and they guarantee you will genuinely enjoy live music.
Jazz and soul
These two styles are among the favorites of a city where performances and jam sessions are punctually programmed each week. It is such a deep-rooted tradition that Barcelona has historical clubs dedicated solely to jazz, as well as a regular anual festival, the Barcelona International Jazz Festival. One of these legendary clubs is Jamboree (Plaça Reial, 17), a jazz cellar in the Gothic Quarter that has become a true institution. With its 50-year history and two daily performances 365 days a year, it is already part of Barcelona’s cultural heritage and best reflects the lively culture of a dynamic, restless, cosmopolitan metropolis that is open to the world. Various world jazz legends from all times have played here and generations of local musicians have been trained and are now finding succés across five continents. Another classic place in the same neighbourhood is Harlem Jazz Club (Comtessa de Sobradiel, 8), a legendary venue that first opened in 1987, with a daily schedule mainly featuring jazz, but also including other musical genres.
A prestigious music school in the city, Taller de Músics, has its own concert venue, the Jazz Sí Club (Requesens, 2), located in the Raval neighbourhood. The space has more than 20 years of history and serves as a platform for young musicians and it is not limited only to jazz. Its live music programming also includes flamenco, Cuban rhythms and pop rock.
Jazz Man (Roger de Flor, 238) is an authentic, small jazz club in the Check Eixample, near the Sagrada Familia, with live shows twice a week. A club where you can feel among friends, listen to the best international jazz and make the most of your time there to discover local music talent while enjoying a drink. And if a drink is not enough and you also want a fine meal, then Little Italy (Rec, 30) is your best option. This New York-style restaurant in the Born neighbourhood offers fine Mediterranean cuisine based on Italian cooking, as well as live jazz. Another good choice is Milano Cocktail Bar (Ronda Universitat, 35), which despite its name not only serves cocktails to the sounds of live music, but also has a menu of Mediterranean cuisine that includes tapas.
Other genres: funk, pop, rock...
But not everything is jazz in Barcelona. Funk, pop, rock, electronic music... all these styles have their own places with regular programming. Mention must be made of the renovated Sala Apolo (Nou de la Rambla, 113), in Poble Sec, an emblemàtic venue in the city that has a more than 30-year history as a dance hall,although today it is used as a concert imhall and nightclub. Thursdays there are dedicated to black music (funk, soul, hip hop...), while Fridays and Saturdays are for the Nitsa Club, a label that programmes pop and independent rock.
Nearby, sharing the same square where Jamboree is located, Sidecar (Plaça Reial, 7) is one of the leading venues in the city’s music scene. This bar and club has been programming DJ sessions and creative avant-garde concerts in the fields of rock, punk, indie and experimental music in all senses since 1982. Stillin the Ciutat Vella district, electronic music has had its own club since the mid-1990s, the Moog Electronic Dancing Club (Arc del Teatre, 3), located in the heart of the Raval neighbourhood and now a famous temple of electronic and synthetic rhythms from the best international DJs. Another of the city’s major musical venues in terms of its size and programming is Razzmatazz (Pamplona,88). Founded in the year 2000, it is housed in a former industrial space that has today been divided into five rooms and it leads the way in terms of national and international music. Artists of the calibre of Coldplay, The Strokes or Belle and Sebastian have played here and it also hostssmall club sessions featuring new bands. A truly versatile space in Poblenou. A very different club that is also in the neighbourhood of Poblenou is Balius (Pujadas, 196). Since 2014, its goal has been to create a single environament in which a cocktail bar, vermouth bar, dining area and good live music can all coexist in harmony, and all of the highest quality.
Founded as the cultural project of an association to promote art and culture in the neighbourhood of Gràcia in 1995, Heliogàbal (Ramón y Cajal, 80) today focuses on musical and poètic projects both at its own venue and in other spaces. Two small yet very imhall portant places stand out in the Eixample. Wood, beer, meatloaf, fish & chips and music in an English pub in the city centre: The Philarmonic (Mallorca, 204). Its programming includes blues, soul, country, flamenco... And a few streets away, the Mediterráneo pub (Balmes, 129) has small-scale live music concerts each day of the week.
Music and gastronomy
Two recommendations among the gastronomic spaces that also programme live music. First, Bodega Saltó (Blesa, 36), a 100-year-old cultural wine bar in the neighbourhood of Poble Sec that programmes musical vermouth days every Sunday, with rumba, blues, fusion, singer- songwriter... The artists pass the hat around once the performance is over. But the low price doesn’t mean that the music is of dubious quality, in fact quite the opposite, for here you can hear high quality performances. You can also head to perhapsone of the most cosmopolitan places in the city, ArtTe (Muntaner, 83), housed in a beautiful space that is ideal for an nformal dinner based on small dishes and tapas and featuring a multicultural range of performances, including not only music, but also micro-theatre, screenings,painting, photography... and almost always with free entry.
Concerts in Unique Spaces
Barcelona has places where you can listen to good live music within century-old walls, providing the added advantage of uniqueness and often quality acoustics. Palau Dalmases (Montcada, 20) is a baroque space that programmes small format flamenco and opera shows (pictured above). One of the first bourgeois mansions built in the city, Palau Gomis in the Ribera neighbourhood, today houses the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, MEAM (Barra de Ferro, 5), which is not only strongly committed to figurative art, but also has live concerts of blues or classical music every Friday (your ticket includes entrance to the museum and the concert). Still in the historical centre, the basilicas of Santa Maria del Pi (Plaça del Pi, 7) and Santa Anna (Santa Anna, 29, pictured below), both jewels of Catalan Gothic, programme weekly Spanish guitar concerts.
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