The only thing better than music? Live music. Being home to one of the most eclectic and exciting arrays of nightlife, here we explore the top 10 venues to enjoy live music in Barcelona.
One of the biggest names in music venue history, Razzmatazz has been running for over twenty years. With five different districts making up this colossal club, it is safe to say the genres vary. ‘RazzClub’ has indie, pop-rock and electro-rock covered, whilst ‘The Loft’ sticks to techno, house and electro. Get everything hip hop and R&B at ‘Fuego’ and your house and disco at ‘Lolita’. The club has made its imprint in the world of live performances, with artists like Arctic Monkeys and Haim gracing the Razzmatazz stage.
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2. Big Bang
If you’re a rock and roll fan, Big Bang is the place for you. This popular bar in the heart of El Raval holds weekly open mic nights and jam sessions for people to check out the up and coming local talent.
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3. Harlem Jazz Club
A much-loved favourite amongst locals, the Harlem Jazz Club’s most exciting attribute is its claim to have hosted a live music event every night since 1987. The perfect place to enjoy jazz, funk, blues and soul, the Harlem Jazz Club is a sophisticated establishment with an irresistible atmosphere.
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4. Sidecar Factory Club
Home to the best of grunge and indie rock music in Barcelona, Sidecar Factory Club has been at the forefront of live music venues since 1982. Small in size but makes up for it in personality, this underground bar hosts everything from up and coming local talent to internationally renowned artists.
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Zulu for ‘tribal reunion’, Jamboree is one of Barcelona’s jazz music landmarks famed for bring international jazz artists to Barcelona. With the likes of Kenny Drew, Bill Coleman and Kenny Clarke having graced this underground bar’s stage, it is fair to say Jamboree is a must visit.
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Situated northwest of the Plaza Catalunya, this uptown techno bar wants the audience to feel as close to the performer as possible and soak up the captivating atmosphere. With live shows from both local rock performers and international sensations, people flock to this venue on a regular basis.
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Really popular amongst music lovers, Heliogabal is one of Barcelona’s hot spots. This unbeatable venue prides itself on displaying and promoting a varied selection of artistic expressions including poetry and painting exhibitions. The Heliogabal Cultural Association has become part and parcel of the artistic realm of Barcelona.
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8. Luz de Gas
This beautifully renovated music hall has transformed itself into one of Barcelona’s classiest joints. Decorated with impeccable taste, Luz de Gas hosts both international artists and concerts for local causes. As well as this, this popular club keeps up with weekly residencies like jazz Tuesdays and disco Wednesdays.
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9. Sala Apolo
The perfect place for jamming to indie rock, Sala Apolo has become a hub for chilled night-out vibes. With live music filling the walls every day of the week, artists both new and well-acclaimed grace the Sala Apolo stage.
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10. Bar Pastis
Like stepping into a time machine, Bar Pastis is a classic live music scene. Rich in character and charm, this small, intimate venue sets the stage for up and coming, fresh talent that have not yet broken into the mainstream. One of Barcelona’s top music venues if dropping off the radar is something you’re after.
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