Going to concerts in Barcelona, maybe after a few tapas in the Borne with friends, is to really experience what it means to live in this unique, sound-obsessed city. There are so many live music venues in Barcelona that you’re bound to find something to listen to each and every night, no matter if you’re in Gracia or Raval.
Here is our list of the top 12 live music venues in Barcelona that you really can’t miss:
Probably one of the most popular live music venues in Barcelona. This massive club is a converted old industrial building, divided into 5 floors all playing the best that the world has to offer in dance, electronic, pop and more. With regular gigs from artists across the musical scene, from DJs to rock bands, there’s something for everyone to choose from and some great nights always lined up during the year. It can be a little on the pricey side at €17 for entry (with a drink), but if you were planning on seeing a concert it’d cost you about that much anyway – and besides, you wouldn’t have another 5 floors to check out in a regular venue. If Red Bull built a club, it’d be this one, so make sure you’ve got the stamina to keep going until the sun comes up! Sant Marti (L4 Bogatell).
Does 30K likes on their Facebook page mean anything to you? Like Razzmatazz, this is also a club as well as a concert venue. It has two huge spaces, and a super unique atmosphere. With different gigs and genres every night of the week Sala Apolo is a real mix of everything Barcelona has to offer, with their rock n roll Nasty Mondays being particularly famous. If you found a nice kitsch Rolling Stones t-shirt while shopping at Maremagnum that you wanna show off, now you know where to go. Poble Sec (L3 Parallel).
Targeted at a slightly older demographic than the usual student-focussed clubs in Barcelona, this is a great venue hosting tremendous international songwriters and cover bands with the club nights mainly playing 80s and 90s music. Great for a bit of nostalgia! Sant Gervasi, (L3, L5 Diagonal).
You might be at a concert venue in Barcelona but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of the Andalusian flair. Here you can find 100% pure Tablao Flamenco shows. Romantic guitars, red dresses, black heels and hand claps will send your mind travelling down the coast into the birthplace of one of the most famous Spanish traditions. Raval (L3 Liceu).
Calling all jazz lovers, you cannot miss this unique combination of concert venue and cellar. Talented musicians perform every day with jam sessions taking place on a Monday. But its after the concerts that things get really fun. On the lower floor you’ll find all kinds of mainstream RnB and Hip-Hop tunes and on the upper you’ll find pop, indie, disco and everything in between. Located in Plaza Reial it can tend to be full of tourists, but get there after 2am and you’ll soon find the Spaniards and international expat crowd flooding in. Personally, this is by far my favourite club in Barcelona. Raval (L3 Liceu).
Café, restaurant, club and terrace at the same time. Offering world music concerts, soul, jazz, hip hop. A Perfect match with the superb cocktails you can get here. Also in Plaza Reial, this is the perfect place for pre-Jamboree drinks! Raval (L3 Liceu).
Rounding off our Plaza Reial trio is the Sidecar Factory club. It has a restaurant at ground level and below that you will find incredible concerts almost every night . A very popular live music venue in Barcelona, especially for indie and punk rock lovers. Gótico (L3 Liceu).
This club has jazz coursing through its veins, but not only jazz: bossa nova, cuban rhythms, blues and unplugged rock music, all served up in a classy atmosphere. With some of the finest artists visiting this little venue, this is one of those places that make concerts in Barcelona so cool. (L4 Jaume I).
Rock, jazz, literature, video projections. More than a live music venue in Barcelona. A meeting point for cultural activities and arts, in a neighbourhood we really love and recommend. Gracia (L4 Joanic).
This place is located in the Raval and offers live concerts in Barcelona every night! As its name doesn’t imply, the Jazz Sì is not only about jazz music. In fact, Fridays are devoted to flamenco, Saturdays to rock jams and Tuesdays to jam sessions of pop rock. You can even enjoy some tapas while you enjoy the music – tapas and live music in Barcelona, what else could you ask for?! Raval (L2 Sant Antoni)
For those of you looking for something a little more classical how about this beautiful concert hall in Barcelona? Designed in the Catalan modernist style, it is the only concert hall lit entirely by natural light during the day time. El Born (L4 Urquinaona)
Just one more jazz venue, we promise! This bar in Raval hosts weekly open mic and jam session nights as well as concerts from bands and DJs covering rock, funk, soul and, of course, jazz. Gótico (Jaume L4)
Do you guy know of any awesome places to enjoy concerts in Barcelona? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!