Once a rather down-trodden corner of Barcelona, these days El Raval is very much a happening place thanks to its vibrant multiculturalism, trendy late-night bars, community art projects and vintage stores. Its gritty, alternative nature has made it a popular place for underground music venues and some of the best jazz clubs in the city can be found in El Raval.
Tucked away on a quiet side street in the heart of El Raval, Big Bang Bar is an authentic late-night jazz club with live music from Wednesdays to Sundays every week. With its black and white checkered floor and its soft, red-hued lighting, the Big Bang Bar is the perfect place to grab a table in a quiet corner and lose yourself to the night. Friday nights kick off with jazz jam sessions which are accompanied by a local jazz trio. While Saturday nights have more of a concert feel even if musicians are still able to join in.
Named after the free-thinking characters of Argentine author Julio Cortázar‘s books, the Club Cronopios is a cultural centre and association located not far from the popular Carrer Joaquin Costa and its bustling late-night bars. The Club Cronopios is a members-only club but membership can be acquired on the spot for a symbolic euro and lasts for a year. If there aren’t jazz performances every day, they are regular and it’s certainly worth checking out the schedule for upcoming dates as the performances are generally very good and the atmosphere is intimate, friendly and just a little quirky.
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