The works by national and international painters from the last two centuries are displayed in Galeria Manuel Mayoral. Some of these painters include prestigious artists such as Graner, Brull, Baixeras, Rusiñol, Casas, Grau-Sala, Pruna and Opisso. Works by modern artists like Wifredo Lan, Fernando Botero, Celso Legar, Hans Hartung, Luis Freih, Antoni Clavé and Miquel Barceló are have also been exhibited here. A must-visit for connoisseurs wanting to browse through some timeless pieces of art.
Sala Razzmatazz is a mecca for live concerts in Barcelona. Established in 2000, this club is home to five unique spaces that host top artists on the national and international music scene. Their events calendar is busy throughout the year and attracts varied patrons ranging for local music fans to traveling aficionados. The likes of Coldplay, Kanye West, David Byrne, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand have taken centerstage here, representing an eclectic range of genres – from pop and rock, to indie and electronic.
Marula Café is a vibrant pub and music space, hosting concerts and live gigs every night. Funk music rules, while rock, pop, country, jazz and other genres are also played here. The club is intimate though CD launches, presentations, small conferences and so on are also held. The crowd is an eclectic mix of locals and visitors, making this a great place to mingle with friends and friendly strangers. Grab a drink at the cocktail bar, known for the delicious libations served here, and groove to the music as you become oblivious to the city outside. The venue is best known for the weekly A Wamba Baluba night, every Thursday from 9:30p to 5a. The club comes alive to the sound of music as local, national and international bands take center stage. DJ sessions and theme parties often feature on the entertainment program of A Wamba Balaba as well.
Aside from being one of the best places to view Catalan Modernist architecture, Passeig de Gràcia is also the city's elegant shopping area par excellence. Foreign brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna, MaxMara, Escada, and Armand Bassi stand beside Spanish labels such as Purificación García, Camper, and Loewe. The exclusivity of Vogue, Bally, and Yanko are offset by more accessible shops like Mango, Globe, Benetton, and Laura Ashley. This street also boasts the Bulevard dels Antiquaris, which is excellent for antiques, as well as many restaurants and outdoor cafés, bookshops, and jewelers. At number 55, Boulevard Rosa also offers more than 50 small, elegant shops under one roof. Above all else, Passeig de Gràcia offers passerby boundless style and energy.
From noon till late hours of night, Milano Cocktail Bar welcomes patrons into its elegant atmosphere to enjoy a drink or feast on traditional tapas. Renowned for its cocktails, do not leave this place without trying a few of their interesting concoctions. Green Almond, Gentleman Apple, Picasso, Lady Sour and the Watermelon Martini are highly recommended. In the afternoons, patrons are given a trip back in time, as the restaurant recreates a 1940s ambiance. Nights at this place are brought alive by soothing melodies strummed by Jazz musicians.
The charming Café Teatre Llantiol puts on all kinds of shows (though small-scale to match the café's limited capacity). Entertainment includes everything from poetry recitals, to satirical verse and comedy events, clowns, magicians, singers, dancers, Dixieland bands and solo performers. All in all, there is a wonderful variety of performing arts on display, which can even take you back in time. There are special surprises on Tuesdays and Thursdays from midnight on, and Llantiol late shows on Fridays and Saturdays. It is definitely a good place to stop in to relax after strolling around the Raval district or visiting art galleries.
Right in the heart of the city stands the unique Galeria Alonso Vidal, dedicated to contemporary art. The venue is housed in a recently converted cellar, and it displays artwork by various well-known national and international artists. At the same time, it genuinely tries to promote new talent and art forms. The motive is to encourage a healthy exchange of ideas amongst art lovers and artists.
This is one of the largest cinemas in Barcelona, and it is housed in an old 19th-century theater. The hall, therefore, retains much of its historic charm and glory. The spectator is the king here, as he gets a truly wide-screen experience, with a choice to sit in the stalls or the circle. It is also a great place for children as there are regular screenings for them. The latest blockbusters, however, pull maximum audiences.
This is one of the most important galleries in the city promoting ancient art. It is located in an area that has historically housed many art galleries. The gallery displays the beauty of ancient art in all its forms and the work ranges from paintings to archaeological artifacts. The establishment also hosts regular classical art shows such as a magnificent exhibition in the past featuring sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the great artist Julio González.