The jazz world is one in which creation, innovation, and expression are key to its development. Barcelona is one city, among others, that fervently supports the progress of jazz, providing musicians and jazz fanatics with bars, concert halls, and music centers where their love of jazz can be promoted and shared with the rest of the city. Here is a list of the best locations to experience live jazz in Barcelona.
Located in the heart of the Gothic neighborhood, Harlem Jazz Club is the oldest concert hall in Barcelona, adored by jazz fanatics, lovers of live music, and performers alike. Live music events, ranging from jazz to reggae, blues or latin, happen most days of the week, almost all year round. Harlem Jazz Club provides an intimate and funky environment, at which visitors can enjoy local and high caliber music over a well-priced and tasty drink. DJs take over once the gig has finished, bringing everyone to the dance floor. Price: Mid-range Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.; Saturday to Sunday 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Can’t miss: Contes i Cuentos, an initiative where story-tellers narrate adult tales
Since 1988, Little Italy has provided its customers with excellent Mediterranean cuisine alongside a generous helping of jazz performances twice a week. Indeed, this is the only restaurant in town which is committed solely to jazz. The well laid-out restaurant allows for the perfect balance between music and conversation, so that customers can enjoy the performances while still being able to maintain a conversation. Whether you visit for a meal or a cocktail, Little Italy ensures an enjoyable evening of music and entertainment.
Located on the Plaça Reial is one of the Gothic Quarter’s most popular clubs, Jamboree. The club was born in the early 1960s – a jazz cellar, which since the opening of its doors has influenced Barcelona’s ever-growing jazz scene. It has hosted many famous artists, including Bill Coleman and Kenny Drew, and is well-known for its high-caliber music. After midnight, Jamboree becomes a full-on nightclub, which is loved by locals and tourists alike. After all, a live music venue which can flourish and keep its prestige for over half a century has to be special. Price: Mid-range Hours: Monday to Thursday & Sunday 12:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.; Friday & Saturday 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.; jazz and jam sessions at 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Can’t miss: WTF jam sessions on Monday nights
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Part of the Taller de Músics veteran music school, JazzSí is a small but popular concert hall in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona. For over 20 years, this venue has provided upcoming artists and young musicians with a space to share their talent with the world. A daily program of live music invites a huge number of spectators to experience the jazz and flamenco of local artists. It is the perfect place to enjoy some cold tapas and a beer whilst enjoying some smooth jazz. Price: Mid-range; € 8.00 – 10.00 entry fee includes a drink Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Can’t miss: The main floor seats for the best views
Inside Barcelona’s five-star hotel Casa Fuster is Café Vienés, an elegant café which hosts jazz nights every Thursday, at which some of the best jazz and swing artists perform. The musicians clearly enjoy performing here just as much as their audience loves listening to them play. Excellent music and décor is matched by the delicious tapas and dishes offered at Café Vienés. From the moment you step in, it is evident that this is the place to be for a classy evening of jazz. Price: Fine-dining Hours: Summer: Monday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Winter: Sunday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., Friday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. Can’t miss: Thursday night jazz sessions
An old favorite with jazz fanatics, Jazzman is a cozy venue where the genre has thrived in all its forms since 1979. Two seating areas invite guests to relax and indulge in a large collection of liquors and other alcoholic beverages whilst enjoying the live music, whether it be a veteran or an up-and-coming musician performing. Jazz fusion with blues and soul are popular at this cosmopolitan bar. There is no pomp or false pretense behind these gigs; it’s all about the music. Price: Mid-range Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. Can’t miss: Draught beer from a saxophone
The Cervecería Jazz is a quirky and relaxed bar, its friendly atmosphere complimented by the unique décor. This bar boasts not only great music, but also an exceptional selection of beers. Whether it is German or Belgian, classic or the latest, there is a beer for everyone at Cervecería Jazz. Tasty burgers and sandwiches are named after famous jazz musicians.