Must-see entertainment in Barcelona

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    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…

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    BARTS has a solid reputation for its innovative line-up of urban-dance troupes, electro swing, psychedelic pop, circus acrobatics and other eclectic shows…

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    This lively theatre experiments with all sorts of material, from monologues to social comedy, and also screens films. Aside from the main theatre, two…

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    Teatre Romea

    Just off La Rambla, this 19th-century theatre was resurrected at the end of the 1990s and is one of the city’s key stages for quality drama. It usually…

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    Soda Acústic

    One of Gràcia's most innovative performance spaces, this low-lit modern venue stages an eclectic line-up of bands, artists and jams: jazz, world music,…

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    Luz de Gas

    Set in a grand former theatre, this club stages concerts ranging through rock and soul to salsa, jazz and pop several nights a week. From about 2am, the…

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    23 Robadors

    On what remains a sleazy Raval street in spite of gentrification in the area, this narrow little bar has made a name for itself with its shows and live…

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    Teatre Llantiol

    At this small, charming cafe-theatre, which has a certain scuffed elegance and dates back to 1980, all sorts of stuff, from concerts and theatre to magic…

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    Teatre Grec

    Built in 1929 by Catalan architect Ramon Revento in ancient Greek style, this lovely stone amphitheatre on Montjuïc stages one of the city's best summer…

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    Sala Monasterio

    Overlooking the bobbing masts and slender palm trees of the Port Olímpic, this pocket-sized music spot stages an eclectic line-up of live bands, including…

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    Ateneu Barcelonès

    Housed in the 1779 Palau Savassona, this historical private library and cultural centre (dating back more than 150 years) hosts a varied high-brow…

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    Cine Texas

    All films at this contemporary four-screen cinema are shown in their original languages (with subtitles in Catalan). Genres span art house through to…

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    A range of free, quality live music is staged nightly at this student favourite. Order a beer and enjoy the free nuts at one of the tiny tables while…

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    Tablao Nervión

    For admittedly tourist-oriented flamenco in a basement setting, this unassuming bar is cheaper than most and has good, professional offerings.

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    Verdi Park

    Verdi Park is a perennially popular art-house cinema with four screens. Most films are shown in their original language.

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    Teatre Lliure

    Housed in the magnificent former Palau de l’Agricultura building on Montjuïc (opposite the Museu d’Arqueologia), the ‘Free Theatre’ consists of two modern…

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    Sala Beckett

    One of the city’s principal alternative theatres, the Sala Beckett doesn't shy away from challenging theatre, and stages an eclectic mix of productions in…

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    Cines Verdi

    A neighbourhood icon in the heart of Gràcia, this five-screen cinema shows art-house and blockbuster films in their original language, as well as films in…

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    Yelmo Cines Icària

    This vast cinema complex shows films in the original language on 15 screens, making for plenty of choice. Aside from the screens, you’ll find several…

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    Sant Jordi Club

    With capacity for more than 4500 people, this concert hall, annexed to the Olympic stadium Palau Sant Jordi, is used for big gigs that don't reach the…