• Palau de la Música Catalana This glittering Modernista gem, the city's traditional home for classical and choral music, is a multi-sensory delight.
  • Gran Teatre del Liceu Nineteenth-century style meets cutting-edge acoustics at Barcelona's elegant opera house.
  • Filmoteca de Catalunya This cinema and arts centre in El Raval also includes a film archive, bookshop and exhibition space.

Live Bands

  • City Hall The perfect midsize venue for up-and-coming local and international acts.
  • Sala Apolo Cosy booths and a warm red glow give this hugely popular venue something special.
  • BARTS A key player on the live music circuit, with superb sound and every mod con.
  • Bikini Hidden behind a shopping centre, Bikini still pulls in some great acts.

Classical Music

  • Palau de la Música Catalana A Modernista fantasy, where the fabulous interior can distract from the finest musician.
  • Gran Teatre del Liceu One of Europe's most splendid opera houses, built to impress.
  • L'Auditori Fiercely modern concert venue, with a resident orchestra.
  • L’Ateneu This elegant old library is hard to enter if you're not a member – unless you catch one of its occasional concerts.


  • Teatre Nacional de Catalunya A neoclassical building hosting the best of Catalan theatre.
  • Teatre Romea Expect wacky (and not so wacky) versions of modern classics.
  • Teatreneu With three different stages, the Teatreneu dares to go where others dare not.
  • Sala Beckett With occasional shows in English, it's worth keeping an eye on the programming here.


  • Harlem Jazz Club Not just jazz, but also funk, blues, bossa nova and plenty more.
  • JazzSí Club Small, lively, cramped and never less than fun.
  • Jamboree A basement bar that's seen them all under its vaulted ceiling.


  • JazzSí Club A tiny venue with impromptu jams and occasionally great performances.
  • Tablao Nervión A little bit touristy, but better than most for flamenco.
  • Tarantos A cosy basement affair, good for up-and-coming acts.