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.
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.
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.
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.
This large dance club is located in the heart of Barcelona. Consisting of two large dance floors and an outdoor terrace this is a great place to dance the night away. There is usually a cover charge that includes a drink, but often times fliers can be found offering discounts. Check with your hotel or hostel to find out the best place to find the fliers. There are many different themes put on by the promoters at City Hall, all of which are listed on their website.
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.
This is where the die-hard clubbers who have been dancing for the last 24 or 48 hours come for their last session of the weekend. It's popular with people in the service industries who don't have to be at work early on Monday morning. The admission policy is quite strict, so the regulars, gay men and trendies have preference. Great house music is played by the impeccably talented DJs. The crowd is upbeat and friendly, clearly out to have a good time here. Live gigs are also held 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.
This punk skater bar offers a great selection of drinks to go along with their crazy events and grunge atmosphere.