Top ChoiceCinema in El Raval

Filmoteca de Catalunya

Relocated to El Raval in 2012 as part of plans to revive the neighbourhood's cultural offerings, Catalonia's national cinema occupies a modern 6000-sq-metre building in the midst of the most louche part of El...

Top ChoiceClassical Music in La Ribera

Palau de la Música Catalana

A feast for both the eyes and ears, this Modernista confection doubles as the city’s most traditional venue for classical and choral music, though the wide-ranging programme also takes in flamenco, pop and –...

Football in Camp Nou, Pedralbes & La Zona Alta

Camp Nou

Camp Nou

The massive stadium of Camp Nou ('New Field' in Catalan) is home to the legendary FC Barcelona. Attending a game amid the roar of the loyal crowds is an unforgettable experience; the season runs from August to...

Theatre in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Gran Teatre del Liceu

Barcelona’s grand old opera house, skilfully restored after a fire in 1994, is one of the world's most technologically advanced theatres. Taking a seat in its grand auditorium, returned to all its 19th-century...

Live Music in Barceloneta, the Waterfront & El Poblenou

Razzmatazz

Bands from far and wide occasionally create scenes of near-hysteria at Razzmatazz, one of the city’s classic live-music and clubbing venues. Bands appear throughout the week (check online), while on weekends live...

Live Music in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

El Paraigua

A tiny chocolate box of dark tinted Modernisme, the ‘Umbrella’ has been serving up drinks since the 1960s. But downstairs in the moody basement, travel from Modernisme to medieval amid 11th-century brick walls....

Live Music in La Ribera

Farola

From soulful jazz to foot-stomping flamenco, live music meets expertly crafted cocktails and a world of carefully curated sherries at lively Farola, hidden off Passeig del Born. Performances are 9pm Thursday to...

Live Music in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Sala Apolo

Red velvet dominates and you feel as though you’re in a movie-set dancehall scene at this fine old theatre turned club and concert hall. ‘Nasty Mondays’ are aimed at a diehard, never-stop-dancing crowd. Earlier...

Classical Music in Barcelona

Fundació Mas I Mas

This foundation promotes chamber and classical music, offering concerts in a couple of locations. Classical concerts, usually involving Catalan performers, are held in summer in various venues around town. For...

Dance in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Tarantos

Since 1963, this basement locale has been the stage for up-and-coming flamenco groups performing in Barcelona, with stars such as Antonio Gades and Maruja Garrido having graced the space. These days Tarantos is a...

Live Music in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Jamboree

For over half a century, Jamboree has been bringing joy to Barcelona's jivers, with high-calibre acts featuring jazz trios, blues, Afrobeats, Latin and big-band sounds; big names such as Chet Baker and Ornette...

Live Music in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Gran Bodega Saltó

The ranks of barrels and classic tapas menu give away this century-old bar's history as a traditional bodega. Now, after a little homemade psychedelic redecoration with mismatched lamps, figurines and old Chinese...

Classical Music in Barceloneta, the Waterfront & El Poblenou

L’Auditori

Barcelona’s modern home for the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, L’Auditori stages performances of orchestral, chamber, religious and other music. Designed by Rafael Moneo and opened in...

Live Music in El Raval

JazzSí Club

A cramped little bar run by the Taller de Músics (Musicians’ Workshop) school and foundation, staging a varied programme that ranges from jazz jams to some good flamenco (Friday and Saturday). Thursday is Cuban...

Live Music in L'Eixample

City Hall

This former 19th-century theatre is the perfect size and shape for live music, holding a crowd of around 500 and with a varied line-up. The acoustics are great and the layout means everyone gets a good view of...

Live Performance in La Ribera

Palau de Dalmases

You can sip wine or cocktails (both pricey) over intimate dance shows in the baroque courtyard and theatrical interior of the originally medieval Palau de Dalmases. There are flamenco shows (€25 including one...

Live Performance in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Hiroshima

Set in a former elevator factory, this creative lynchpin hosts emerging and avant-garde musicians, dancers and performing artists. There are two stages (seating 130 and 250 people) and a lively ground-floor bar...

Theatre in L'Eixample

Teatre Tívoli

Dating from 1919, this grand theatre has three storeys of boxes and a generous stage hosting a fairly rapid turnover of drama and musicals. Concerts also take place; Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and...

Live Music in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Sidecar

Descend into the red-tinged, brick-vaulted bowels where just about any kind of live music could be on the agenda, from UK indie through to country punk, though rock and pop lead the way. DJs take over later on....

Jazz in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Harlem Jazz Club

This narrow, old-city dive is one of the best spots in town for jazz, as well as funk, Latin, blues and gypsy jazz, and attracts a mixed crowd that maintains a respectful silence during performances. Most...