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Harlem Jazz Club
Hidden in a small street of Barrio Gotico, Harlem Jazz Club is a secret gem for both local and international jazz lovers. The programme runs almost every day, with a variety of styles: Brazilian, Cuban, flamenco fusion, rock, folk, gypsy, jazz and more.
There are live jam nights earlier in the evening, which is a good way to experience the club for the first time; the house band starts up, followed by a line up that then shifts over the course of the night, varying in instrumentation and style, always to pleasing effect.
* Visit Harlem Jazz Club for some authentic jazz and blues in the city.
Address: Carrer Comtessa de Sobradiel, 8 (see on map)
Phone: 933 100 755
Metro: L3 at Liceu.
Near Palau de la Musica
Theatre plays & pleasant drinks
Barcelona has regularly been characterised by its highly mixed cultural scene. The theatre has always been an important part of this, evoking new and creative ideas among established artists and new, young talents. L’Antic Teatre is a must-see for artists, citizens and tourists alike.
L’Antic Teatre is hidden in a narrow street near Palau de la Música. It is a creative space where many people go for a drink, to meet up with friends and check its many different shows and projects. There’s a multi-functional room, a garden and a bar terrace with wifi connection. The theatre plays host to a whole range of shows; music, dance, performance art, multimedia, circus, exhibitions, book conferences, poetry readings, festivals, cinema series (which take place during the summer outdoors on the terrace), etc.
* L’Antic Teatre it is a favourite spot for those wishing to take a break, and escape the high pace of the city.
Address: Carrer de Verdaguer i CallÃs, 12 (see on map)
Phone: 933 152 354
Metro: L4 at Urquinaona.
Tarantos Flamenco Show
Real flamenco for all
Downtown in the Placa Reial, the big dramatic porticoed square just off the lower end of the Ramblas, Tarantos has been offering a variety of flamenco from all over Spain since 1963. From the local Catalan to the famous Andalucian, all styles are catered for. There are usually three shows per night, Monday-Saturday all at a reasonable price (€6).
For almost half a century tourists and all kinds of music lovers have headed to Tarantos which has always welcomed talented newcomers as well as established flamenco stars to its stage – which apparently has to be replaced regularly because the dancers stamp so hard!
* Student ID gets you a reduced entry fee.
Address: Plaça Reial, 17 (see on map)
Phone: 934 125 162
Metro: L3 at Liceu.
Barcelona International Jazz Festival
One of the best jazz festivals in Europe
The International Jazz Festival of Barcelona is a huge musical event with a long history. It was started in 1966 and still continues every autumn each year with jazz performances by top names like Maria Schneider Orchestra, Madeleine Peyroux, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Omar Sosa, Eliane Elias, Randy Weston, Brad Mehldau and Dave Holland, not to mention some new promising artists from the local scene. This festival is without a doubt a reference within the European festivals taking place in autumn.
Often the Barcelona Jazz Festival starts the 20th of October and ends the 1st of December. During this time concerts are arranged in various spaces and theatres of Barcelona as Bikini, l’Auditorium, Liceu Conservatory, Coliseum Theatre, JazzSí Club, Luz de Gas, Harlem Jazz Club, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Monvínic, Palau de la Música Catalana and the Silken Gran Hotel Havana, plus some concerts in Sant Cugat and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the best live jazz music at the moment.
* Visit the website for more information.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 482 (see on map)
Phone: 934 817 040
Metro: L3 L5 at Diagonal.