I’ve always had a bit of a hard time finding live music in Barcelona. Not for lack of trying or for lack of venues. I think the issue can often be attributed to location as sometimes the live jazz, blues, flamenco or even pop rock events are held in the most obscure of places. The bars and restaurants that host the events aren’t ones you’d necessarily stumble upon while simply walking around the neighborhood.
The other night however, I discovered what looked to be a typical Barcelona ‘hole in the wall’. It had a small patio outside with a few dinner tables and inside upstairs it sported the usual dusty mosaic floor with a Modernism decor. But enter the front door, take a left and head downstairs and you’re in an entirely different world. Lounge chairs, cocktails and live jazz playing to a packed smokey room. It was a welcome surprise, since it’s not the first place you’d expect to find live music in the Gothic Quarter.
El Paraigua, is a Modernist shop, turned bar and is located in the Gothic Quarter in Plaza Sant Miquel right behind the famous Plaza Sant Jaume. It only has live music on Friday and Saturday nights, but it boasts an intimate, relaxed and inviting ambiance, one that’s definitely worth checking out.