Barcelona might not be the hub for live music gigs, however it has a fair amount of hidden gems if you’re looking for funky and cool live music venues. Here are a few options to check out:
Nestled behind Plaza Sant Jaume in the Gotico, don’t let this unassuming restaurant fool you. What used to be a modernist shop in 1902, has turned into a trendy bar and live music lounge. When you walk into the upstairs dining area, don’t linger long before veering to the left and heading downstairs into an underground jazz scene with an amazing cocktail bar and plush leather couches. This is a small and intimate venue, ideal for romantic evenings or a fun night amongst close friends.
Harlem Jazz Club
Another Gothic Quarter hot spot, the Harlem Jazz Club has live music almost every night of the week with everything from rock and jazz to funk and soul. Admission is 5 Euros but it includes a drink.
Head towards the more ‘pijo’ (posher) area of Barcelona and on Rambla Catalunya you’ll find Jazz Si, where they play flamenco music nightly. Shows start around 6pm and are always packed so be sure to get there early. This is an off the beaten path, city-gem, so if you’re looking to experience Barcelona’s authenticity, this is the place to be.
A small, unpretentious, extremely fun bar, Big Bang usually has nightly shows with plenty of jazz as well as other types of live music. It’s a tiny venue with few seats, so be prepared to stay on your feet for most of the evening.