Barcelona Tourist Guide: Live Music Venues
Antilla BCN Latin Club
Calle Aragón, 141
93 451 2151
Salsa, rumba, tango, and just about every other kind of latin music is catered for at Antilla. Live music performances a couple of times a week, a latin nightclub the rest of the time, Antilla is also a popular spot for dance lessons.
C/ Nou De La Rambla 111
934 414 001
Sala Apolo is one of the best venues in Barcelona, with 2 spaces available. International acts in pop, rock, indie, reggae, hip-hop and metal all play here, and there are usually concerts on every night. After the gig the halls become clubs and are very popular with locals, especially at the weekend.
C/ Deu i Mata 105
93 322 0800
Another very popular venue and club, Bikini plays host to many international pop and rock acts, and is especially popular with reggae, funk and soul lovers, although there are plenty of indie acts to choose from too.
C/ Pamplona 88
93 3208 200
With 3 concert halls, another 2 rooms upstairs that open at night, Razz is the Daddy of live music venues in Barcelona. Located in Poble Nou, it is easy to get to and attracts some of the biggest names in the business, those that aren't going to headline an open air arena. Razz 1 and 2 are quite spacious, while Razz 3 is small enough to host new acts promoting recent albums or just trying to get out and be seen. After the concerts the venue becomes a very eclectic nightclub, in that there are 5 spaces where you can choose from house, techno, and other dance music, as well as seeing live performances by dance orientated acts.
Plaça Reial 7
Tucked away in one corner of Plaza Reial is one of Barcelona's hidden gems – The Sidecar Factory Club. Downstairs is one of the smallest venues in the city, one where some greats in the world of alternative music have performed; Gallon Drunk, At The Drive-In, Joe Lally (Fugazi), The Desperations and Tommy Ramone, to name a few. Upstairs is a bar and terrace, where you can watch jugglers and street performers whilst keeping a close eye on your possessions. After the gigs Sidecar becomes a small nightclub, and on Mondays it is host to a night of AntiKaraoke led by the inimitable Rachel Arieff, probably the best fun you could ever have on a Monday.
Plaça Reial 17
93 3191 789
Jamboree is a legendary Jazz club and venue tucked away in Plaza Reial where such greats as Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvin Jones and Lionel Hampton have performed. Most evenings there are 2 live performances, usually Jazz but also Blues, and afterwards the venue opens as a club featuring the best in funk, soul, blues and jazz.
Plaça Reial 17
93 318 3067
Part of the MasiMas group, Tarantos is a flamenco tablao that has presented many top stars over the years. It now caters mainly to the tourist trade, but avoids the fripperies of some coach-party venues. Now under new ownership, prices have gone down, but the performers are less experienced.
Av. Carrilet 235, Hospitalet
93 337 0602
Sala Salamandra is a fine live venue usually hosting local and national acts. It is also a hotspot for travelling DJs and late-night party-goers alike. On good nights, this club gets packed as it's able to fit about 850 people.
C/ Roc Boronat, 33
Mephisto is pretty specialised in the live music it presents, focusing on all aspects of metal, hardcore, hard rock and goth. Of course, the club nights here are as heavy as the live gigs, and attract hordes of black clad youth. Happy house will not be heard here.
C/ Alegre de Dalt, 55
KGB is one of the most popular underground clubs and venues in Barcelona, and has hosted a variety of performers from a range of genres. Once a week you can catch a night of great rumba, and other nights there are usually some great indie, hardcore or hard rock gigs to check out.
Pg. Picasso, 40
93 310 7267
An underground venue located next to Park Ciutadell, Magic is popular with fans of rock n roll, punk, rockabilly, psychobilly, goth and plenty of indie. Live music and also a late night club.
Joan Llongueras 5
93 362 0413
BeCool is one of the Dejavu group, and varies between live bands, dj sessions and acoustic sessions. Typically the acts performing here are up and coming local or national groups but recently some bigger international acts have been coming, including NYC legends GvsB, or Girls Against Boys.
Nova Jazz Cava
Passatge Tete Montoliu, 24, Terrassa
93 786 27 09
The Nova Jazz Cava is located in neighbouring Terrassa, and is one of the best Jazz venues in Spain. Every year it provides the central space for the International Jazz Festival in Terrassa, and attracts many of the leading lights in the scene, but even when the festival is not running the Cava has a full program of concerts.
Harlem Jazz Club
C/ Comtessa De Sobradiel 8
93 310 0755
This small venue is beloved of locals and visitors alike, being a small intimate space with fine acoustics and usually very reasonable admission charges. Finding it is the trick, as it is hidden away in the Barri Gotic and not well indicated – I've walked past it twice when looking for it. Jazz, blues, funk and world music are the order of the night, and just after 2am it becomes a very snug little club. Avoid buying beer if you're on a budget as they're well over-priced, but spirits are usually decent value as the measures are hazy to say the least.
Av. Diagonal, 477
93 321 0922
Previously known as La Boite, Zac is a popular venue for singer-songwriters, and cover bands. Fancy seeing U2 for a tenner, then Club Zac is your man as the tribute band Please seem to do a weekly stint here.
Passeig Isabel II, 4
This is a fine little venue near the Barceloneta area where you can enjoy intimate concerts by singer songwriters of every kind, as well as Brazilian music, rock, blues, folk, and bluegrass. Snug and comfortable, the staff are very friendly and quite efficient, by Barcelona standards. Very reasonably priced.
Jazz Sí Club
C/ Requesens, 2
93 329 0020
Run by the Barcelona contemporary music school next door, this workshop and is a forum for musicians, teachers, and fans to listen and debate their art. There are jazz on Monday; pop, blues, and rock jam sessions on Tuesday; jazzmen in jam session on Wednesday; Cuban salsa and song on Thursday; flamenco on Friday; and rock and pop on the weekends. Usually free entry, if not the small cover charge includes a drink.
Luz de Gas
C/ Muntaner 244
93 414 1699
Luz de Gas is very popular with the over 30 crowd, presumably the more affluent of them considering it costs almost 20€ to see a cover band! Jazz, blues, and soul are the usual here, although there are some rock/pop cover acts on every week. Occasionally some international acts play here, but usually it's local acts covering songs. Beautiful venue inside, but unless you're in the area I wouldn't bother with it. The same folk have a restaurant on a boat in the harbour, where nice music is played while you get average food at extortionate prices.
Av. de Francesc Cambó, 36
A new venue located near the Mercat de Santa Caterina, this small space tends to focus more on local bands and some of the smaller national acts, mostly rock and pop, but also hip-hop and indie. Affiliated with Discos Castello, a chain of record shops around the city.
Honky Tonk Blues Bar
C/ Finlandia, 45
93 422 95 98
The Honky Tonk is less of a blues bar and more of a country bar. Plenty of concerts every week, and every Sunday at 20.30 there's free admission.
Classical Music Venues in Barcelona
93 343 6121
This fine venue is mostly used as a conference centre and lecture hall, but also hosts classical performances throughout the year.
93 247 9300
L'Auditori is one of Barcelona's more modern concert halls and is home to the OBC, or Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. Possessing a number of concert halls of varying size, it plays host to some of the best classical concerts in Europe, attracting orchestras from all over the world. Chamber concerts, quartets, and soloists are all equally at home, and at times you can catch leading lights in World music, and electronica.
Palau de la Música Catalana
C/ Sant Pere Més Alt
Built for the influential Orfeó Catala by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, this UNESCO World Heritage Site first opened its doors in 1908. Every year the finest orchestras, symphonies, and soloists grace the stages, but in addition to the classical performances, the Palau also plays host to internationally acclaimed Jazz performers and national stars of Canço.
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
Barcelona's finest Gothic church, the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar is reputedly the inspiration for Ken Follett's epic The Pillars of the Earth. The interior is very beautiful, with an overwhelming sense of space, and possessing exceptional acoustics. This makes it an ideal space for concerts, which are usually classical, or choral, but can also include Oriental music and jazz.
Av. Josep Tarradellas
This very modern Cultural Centre is usually associated with theatre and sport, but it is also home to La Jove Orquestra Simfònica del Baix Llobregat, who perform regularly and are well worth catching, especially if they're playing your favourite pieces.
L’Illa, Avda Diagonal 547, Les Corts
This charming, intimate venue has the very unlikely setting of L’Illa shopping centre. Annually hosting the Schubert cycle and series of song recitals, there are few other performances over the year. However, what few concerts there are tend to be of high quality.
Av. Marques de Comillas 6-8
93 476 8600
This redbrick, neo-Mudejar Art Nouveau fortress, built to house a factory in 1911 by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, is a center for art exhibits, lectures, and cultural events. And concerts, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the daily listings, as there are very often free classical, folk and traditional performances on, usually at 7pm.
Pza de Cataluña 9
93 301 4494
Conveniently situated in Plaça Catalunya, this Cultural Centre is host to regular classical performances, from national and international acts, which are usually free or very cheap.
93 488 0590
This small venue runs music courses, expositions and hosts frequent concerts. Along with classical performances, you can hear gospel, choral, world and traditional music, with tickets usually being very reasonably priced.
C/ Rector Triadó 53
93 423 0440
Another Cultural Centre which boasts classical and jazz performances along with theatre, art and audio visual exhibitions.
Claustre de l’Oratori de Sant Felip Neri
carrer del Sol 8
This small venue in Gracia is as likely to be hosting minimalist electronica as classical, but there are plenty of concerts held here throughout the year so check for flyers locally or keep an eye on the daily listings.
El Gran Teatre del Liceu
La Rambla 51-59
93 485 9998
Situated about halfway down Las Ramblas, Barcelona's Opera House is a must for all classical music lovers. With a rich programme of opera, dance, ballet, and special classical recitals and concerts, this is one of the three principal classical music venues in the city, and almost rivals La Palau de la Mùsica for its beauty.
Gran Via Corts Catalanes, 491
93 323 7790
Although this Civic Centre is primarily dedicated to photographic and the photographic arts, it still manages to play host to a wide range of musical genres, including classical recitals, song recitals, and world music performances.
Fundacio Orfeo Gracienc
Caller d'Asturias 83
93 237 4302
This centre is famous for it's music and dance school, and puts on classical music performances irregularly.
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