Barcelona with the students and the tourists has scores of nightclubs, pubs and bars that rock the night life. Harlem Jazz Club is one such place that attracts one and all. The locals frequent this place to enjoy the melange of music. Be it professional or an amateur, the crowd enthusiastically cheers the artists. Jazz, funk and blues groups, the variety of the genres of music played here is amazing. Though a very modest club, the extra-ordinary performances rock the house.
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.
Sala Apolo is your ultimate live music experience in Barcelona. A favorite among hip concert goers, this venue plays host to an array of emerging and established musicians and touring bands on the international circuit. The old-school atmosphere, spacious dancefloor and great acoustics are perfect for an eclectic schedule of pop, rock, folk and electronic genres.
Functioning only between the summer months of May and September and located in Montjuic , La Terrrace Club is a very popular open air nightclub. The party here begins only after midnight and lasts until wee hours of morning. It has been favored by many internationally celebrated DJs including Bob Sinclair and Roger Sanchez. The music vibe here is mostly Techno and House, and the crowd usually comprises of serious music lovers. This club garners more importance during the annual Sonar Festival which begins every June.
Boadas Cocktails, located off Las Ramblas, was opened by Cuban-born Miguel Boadas in the 1930s and is now run by his family. Despite its touristy location, this tiny bar with no tables has managed to retain its original charm. You can stand at the bar and order from the long list of classic cocktails. Many of the house specials, invented by Miguel himself, pay tribute to fictional characters or real people, such as Sofia Loren, Joan Miró and Frankenstein, while others are named after places in Barcelona.
A bar dedicated to the land of the mojito, Raïm uses many devices to create an authentic Cuban feel. The walls are plastered with images of the island country before and after the Revolution, and the faces of two legends, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, peer back at you no matter where you look. The salsa music beckons you to dance, an invitation you can't always take up, what with the jam-packed state of the place, where every wooden chair is occupied. Perch yourself at the bar and be greeted with a highball created with a fabulous vintage rum.
Located in Catalunya, the Hard Rock Cafe offers a fun environment to enjoy a delicious meal. With rock 'n' roll memorabilia lining the walls to create a visually pleasurable experience, you can relax and enjoy the American-style food while sipping on a delicious cocktail or just beer. The live music only adds to the popularity of this haunt. Guests can also shop and select from the attractive merchandise on offer.
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.
L'Ovella Negra is a well-known beer hall that attracts a young crowd of international students and travelers. Its name translates to "Black Sheep", and the original and more noteworthy of its two locations is on a small side-street off Las Ramblas. With darts, pool and long wooden tables that can accommodate up to a dozen people, it is no wonder why this joint is always packed. The cheap pitchers of beer, delicious pints of sangria, and rustic atmosphere keep the nights going late. This is a great place to go with a large group of friends or to meet new one.
Els Quatre Gats is a historic restaurant known for its exquisite atmosphere and appetizing meals. It was the favorite diner of avant-garde artists and intellectuals in the early 20th Century. It is famous for having been frequented by Picasso, Gaudí, Issac Albeniz and other popular figures. The menu ranges from tapas and sandwiches at the bar and elaborate and expensive meals available in the restaurant. The establishment has its own newspaper with articles about the art of cooking as well as the plastic arts. The authentic interiors create a vibrant atmosphere.
Wine-lovers in Spain have never been so grateful to Sergi-Ferra Salat's ingenuity at Monvínic. The reason being? An enviable wine cellar, saturated with wines from all over the world handled by a knowledgeable sommelier crew who care for their wines more than their lives. Catalan-inspired tapas and a short and sweet menu of quick-bites features alongside the extravagant wine menu. Although you'll love the small plates listed, the hero at Monvínic is wine, wine and some more wine!