From the most traditional Spanish
flamenco, to the big names of pop through to the most obscure of experimental music, any music genre imaginable can be found in Barcelona, a city bursting with live music venues
. Whether in concert halls offering enormous auditoriums, clubs with large stages, or bars with intimate spaces, follow our guide on where to enjoy quality performances in Barcelona’s top live music venues.
Tablao de Carmen
The best of flamenco
The year 1988 saw the birth of El Tablao de Carmen, a venue where flamenco is celebrated for its passion and colors. Dedicated to Carmen Amaya, one of the world’s best flamenco dancers, El Tablao de Carmen hosts jaw-dropping performances: the singers, dancers and musicians join forces to keep tradition alive and strong. This tablao is also host to the Festival de Flamenco Carmen Amaya, held once a year, to promote and stimulate the art of flamenco. Experience the best of Spanish culture at El Tablao de Carmen, enjoying the tapas and excellent sangria while watching the show to delight all the senses.
Tablao de Carmen, Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc, Avda. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 13, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 25 68 95
Music in a most cultural location
The arts lie at the heart of Heliogàbal, a cultural association which began twenty years ago, providing the local artists of Gràcia with a venue where their creativity can be stimulated and shared, whether it is music, poetry or photography. When it comes to live concerts, however, Heliogàbal is one of the best venues in town for its intimate and charismatic space, buzzing with atmosphere. Enjoy a drink at the bar before watching some of the best bands in town in their element.
Heliogàbal, Carrer de Ramon y Cajal 80, Barcelona, Spain, +34 936 76 31 32
Internationally visited venue
Razzmatazz, one of the most popular clubs and concert venues in Barcelona, is a massive building, offering five different floors, each one playing a different genre and with its own bar and facilities. The stages at Razzmatazz see many national and international bands, such as Arctic Monkeys, visit this famous club, whose mind-blowing size is matched by its atmosphere. Music genres generally played at this venue are indie and pop-rock, but it also ventures into techno and house. For a full-on night of live music, take a trip to Razzmatazz.
Razzmatazz, Carrer Almogàvers, 122, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 20 82 00
Jazz for half a century
In the Gothic Quarter is Jamboree, a jazz cellar which has had a great influence on Barcelona’s ever-growing jazz scene. Many artists have stepped through its doors, including Chet Baker and Bill Coleman. Lovers of jazz frequently visit this venue, which guarantees live music of the highest standard in a relaxed environment, although other genres which can be heard here include swing, blues and flamenco – the latter can also be found in Tarantos, a venue attached to and combined with Jamboree to create one huge club. Look out for the much talked about WTF Jam Sessions on Monday nights.
Jamboree, Pl. Reial, 17, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 04 12 10
Harlem Jazz Club
Harlem Jazz Club
Barcelona’s oldest concert venue
The oldest concert hall in the city, the Harlem Jazz Club invites music lovers to enjoy the best of jazz, blues, funk, reggae, Latin and other styles of music. Whatever the genre, the music is constantly of impressive standard, performed in an intimate environment where the musicians truly connect with the audience. As well as live music, which is played most days of the week, look out for Contes i Cuentos – a local initiative of storytellers who invite adults to listen to narrations of gripping tales at Harlem Jazz Club. After an event, this venue becomes a lively club where visitors can dance the night away.
Harlem Jazz Club, Carrer Comtessa de Sobradiel, 8, Barcelona, Spain, +34 93 310 0755
Luz de Gas
Luz de Gas
Convivial bar for cool music
Luz de Gaz is a renovated old music-hall turned into a bar and renowned for its excellent live music scene. Performances here are given by international, national and local artists, some of which are even benefit concerts for local causes. From blues and jazz to disco and rock, a wide range of music genres can be heard at Luz de Gas. This friendly bar generally welcomes a more mature audience, inviting customers to indulge in a tasty cocktail or a satisfying meal while enjoying a great show.
Luz de Gas, Carrer de Muntaner, 246, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 09 77 11
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Long-standing historical concert venue
Having opened its doors in 1847 and failing to be thwarted by two fires, bombings and a financial crisis, the Gran Teatre del Liceu continues to host incredible operas. Behind the beautiful façade lies an enormous horse-shoe auditorium, surrounding its 2292 spectators with luscious and elegant décor. Although also hosting small-format opera and contemporary performances, this theatre, which once was the largest theatre of its kind in Europe, more commonly welcomes full-length opera. It also boasts a large basement bar, where pre-performance talks, recitals and children’s shows occur.
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Les Rambles, 51-59, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 85 99 00
Diversity in a top concert hall
Whatever the genre, you are bound to find it at L’Auditori, the first Spanish music venue to join the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO), an association of the greatest auditoriums in Europe. Having invited many groups to their four impressive halls which combined can hold 3352 spectators, as well as being the home of the prestigious Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña and Banda Municipal de Barcelona, L’Auditori welcomes back old friends while inviting new bands to join them in a mission to share great music. Don’t miss the Museo de Música, which offers a permanent exhibition and performances by local musicians.
L’ Auditori, Carrer de Lepant, 150, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 47 93 00
Sidecar Factory Club
The place to discover Barcelona’s underground music scene
Once, Barcelona’s music scene was lacking something. But in 1982, that something appeared in the form of Sidecar Factory Club, an electric venue where the rock, punk, experimental and alternative sounds could emerge from the darkness of the underground scene. 30 years and approximately 4000 concerts later, Sidecar still plays only that which is not mainstream. An ideal place for letting your hair loose and rocking out to the likes of Placebo and the much adored Nirvana after a fantastic local gig, don’t miss out on this individual venue when in Barcelona.
Sidecar Factory Club, Plaça Reial, 7, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 02 15 86