Must-see entertainment in Barcelona

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    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…

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    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…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

    The National Theatre of Catalonia hosts a wide range of performances, including dramas, comedies, musicals and dance in this ultra-neoclassical theatre…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Farola

    From soulful jazz to foot-stomping flamenco, live music meets expertly crafted cocktails and a world of carefully curated sherries at lively Farola,…

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    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’…

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    Fundació Mas I Mas

    This foundation promotes chamber and classical music, offering concerts in a couple of locations. Classical concerts, usually involving Catalan performers…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    L’Auditori

    Barcelona’s modern home for the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, L’Auditori stages performances of orchestral, chamber, religious…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Hiroshima

    Set in a former elevator factory, this creative lynchpin hosts emerging and avant-garde musicians, dancers and performing artists. There are two stages …

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    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…

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    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…

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    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,…