Top Choice Classical Music in La Ribera

Palau de la Música Catalana

A feast for the eyes, this Modernista confection is also the city’s most traditional venue for classical and choral music, although it has a wide-ranging program, including flamenco, pop and – particularly – jazz. J…
Live Music in Barceloneta & the Waterfront


Bands from far and wide occasionally create scenes of near hysteria in this, one of the city’s classic live-music and clubbing venues. Bands can appear throughout the week (check the website), with different start t…
Live Music in Camp Nou, Pedralbes & La Zona Alta

Luz de Gas

Several nights a week this club, set in a grand former theatre, stages concerts ranging through rock, soul, salsa, jazz and pop. From about 2am, the place turns into a club that attracts a well-dressed crowd with va…
Classical Music in Barceloneta & the Waterfront


Barcelona’s modern home for serious music lovers, L’Auditori puts on plenty of orchestral, chamber, religious and other music. The ultramodern building (designed by Rafael Moneo) is home to the Orquestra Simfònica d…
Performing Arts in Barceloneta & the Waterfront

Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

Ricard Bofill’s ultra-neoclassical theatre, with its bright, airy foyer, hosts a wide range of performances, including dramas, comedies, musicals and dance. Some shows are free.
Live Music in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Sala Apolo

This is a fine old theatre, where red velvet dominates and you feel as though you’re in a movie-set dancehall scene featuring Eliot Ness. ‘Nasty Mondays’ and ‘Crappy Tuesdays’ are aimed at a diehard, we-never-stop-d…
Theatre in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Teatre Lliure

Housed in the magnificent former Palau de l’Agricultura building on Montjuïc (opposite the Museu d’Arqueologia) and consisting of two modern theatre spaces (Espai Lliure and Sala Fabià Puigserver), the ‘Free Theatre…
Live Music in Barceloneta & the Waterfront

Sala Monasterio

Overlooking the bobbing masts and slender palm trees of Port Olímpic, this pocket-sized music spot stages an eclectic line-up of live bands, including jazz, forró (music from northeastern Brazil), blues jams and roc…
Live Music in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample


This jam joint is a great hang-out that attracts a mostly casual student set. Order a beer, enjoy the free nuts and chat at one of the tiny tables while waiting for the next act to tune up at the back. Sometimes the…
Live Music in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Gran Bodega Saltó

The ranks of barrels give away the bar's history as a traditional bodega. Now, after a little homemade psychedelic redecoration with odd lamps, figurines and old Chinese beer ads, it's a magnet for an eclectic barfl…