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.
Shoko offers guests the best of both worlds: restaurant and a nightclub. In the restaurant, you will be spoiled with the freshest ingredients, artfully prepared and served in this elegant lounge setting. An delectable amalgamation of Mediterranean and Asian culinary traditions will delight your taste buds without breaking the bank. After your decadent dinner, you can enjoy drinks, dance and party till the wee hours of dawn at the Shoko club.
One of the most intriguing bars in the city, Barcelona Pipa Club is a cigar club as well as a vibrant bar, making it one of the most popular places to be. Here you can find Catalan celebrities mingling with the bourgeoisie and American students. The bar is very spacious and has Victorian décor with a comfortable Borkum Riff lounge that looks onto a lovely square. Spotlights, a stage, video projector and a giant screen add interesting features to the interior. Pipe smoking courses are held regularly and are open to anyone interested in learning the art. The bar opens at 10p till late.
Dry Martini is one of the iconic cocktail bars in this vibrant city. Opened in 1978 by Pedro Carbonel, this chic bar with wooden accents is one of the best places to go for a cocktail. The helpful staff will recommend you the right drink if you are unsure. One thing is sure, you will never go wrong with any of their selection here.
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.
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.
When in Barcelona, tapas is a must-do on itineraries. Located in Eixample, Ciudad Condal is a popular choice among locals and patrons for its tapas variety and laid-back vibe. Share a small plate of grilled prawns, fried squid rings or patatas bravas. Their Montaditos, Spanish toasted bread with toppings, deserves a special mention. The outdoor patio at this tapas bar is a great dining spot during summer.
Looking for a party pad or simply a late night hang out, then head to Belushi's, one of the coolest bar in town. Tucked between Plaça de Catalunya and La Rambla, this bar is where all the hippest in town come to unwind and catch live sports action. The atmosphere is laid-back and gets jazzed up with all the music and banter. The world-famous burgers make perfect accompaniments to the long drinks and shots, and the breakfast menu features some of best remedies for even the nastiest hangover. So party all night without worrying about sobering up.
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.