Dance, Theater, and Music
Harlem Jazz Club
One of Barcelona’s oldest and best jazz venues. Showcases blues, African and Brazilian jazz combos, and flamenco fusion. Cover charge ($8.50). Carrer de Comtessa de Sobradiel 8; tel. 34 93 310 0755.
Gran Teatre del Liceu
One of the finest opera houses in Europe, built in 1847, mostly destroyed in a 1994 fire, now restored to its 19th-century splendor. Season runs late September-July. Also a venue for ballet, orchestral concerts. “El Petit Liceu” offers opera adaptations and other programs for kids. Tickets $12-240. Las Ramblas 51-59; tel. 34 93 485 9900. www.liceubarcelona.com
Palau de la Música Catalana
Domènech i Montaner’s architectural masterpiece (see Tour #3), a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a venue for orchestral, chamber, and choral music, but also performances like the San Francisco Jazz Collective and the Festival Flamenco de Barcelona. Tickets from $13, depending on the program. Palau de la Música 4-6; tel. 34 93 295 7200. www.palaumusica.org
Luz de Gas
Concert venue in a restored old music hall; the acoustics are still said to be outstanding. “A favorite with local people,” notes Juan Montenegro, editor in chief, b-guided lifestyle and fashion quarterly, “because they tend to book Catalan and Spanish groups.” Programming leans to soul, Dixieland jazz, blues, 1960s classic rock: a different theme for each night of the week. Carrer deMuntaner 246; tel. 34 93 209 7711. www.luzdegas.com
Flamenco cabaret (tablao) nearthe Barri Gòtic, more like a club than a conventional dinner-show. Reasonable cover charge ($10) and drinks attract local aficionados as much as tourists. First performance at 8:30 p.m., last at 10:30 p.m. Plaça Reial 17; tel. 34 93 319 1789. www.masimas.com/tarantos
“For hard clubbing experience—an Ibiza kind of place, with a young international crowd, very fashion-conscious,” observes Juan Montenegro, editor in chief, b-guided lifestyle and fashion quarterly. Open-air house music venue with guest and resident DJs. Open May through October, midnight to 6 a.m. Poble Espanyol, Avinguda delMarquès de Comillas; tel. 34 93 272 4980. www.laterrrazza.com
After midnight an ultra-chic Mediterranean-Asian fusion restaurant on the beach turns into a lounge/club for the well-heeled and definitively dressed. Thursday is “Casino and Models Night,” a theme party with the spotlight on fashion. Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 36; tel. 34 93 225 9203.
The entire block of an old industrial building in the Poble Nou quarter, with five different gigantic spaces for concerts and dancing; techno, trance, club, house. “All the rooms are interconnected, so you can move from one style to another all night, whatever suits your mood,” says Juan Montenegro. Carrer dels Almogàvers 22 and Carrer de Pamplona 88; tel. 34 93 320 8200. www.salarazzmatazz.com
CDLC (Carpe Diem Lounge Club)
Venue of choice for the gente guapa (beautiful people)—including the stars of the Futbol Club de Barcelona soccer team (the owner is a former player). Brand new redecoration with clean, “water” feel, cool blues, and sleek, modern accents. Restaurant serves until midnight Monday-Wednesday and until one a.m. Thursday-Sunday, then resident and guest DJs take over to spin laid-back house music. Prime beachfront location, in front of the ever-so-trendy Hotel Arts. Passeig Marítim 32; tel. 34 93 224 0470. www.cdlcbarcelona.com
Dia deSant Jordi
April 23, the feast of Saint George, patron saint of Catalonia. People celebrate by exchanging gifts of books and roses.
Dia deSant Joan
June 24, celebrating the summer solstice. Outdoor celebrations all over the city: fireworks, bonfires, live bands. Tip: Best parties are on the beach at Barceloneta.
Festa deBarcelona Grec
Mid-June through earlyAugust. Annual festival of music, theater, and dance. Performers from many different countries and cultures, at venues all over the city—including the open-air Greek amphitheater on Montjuïc. www.barcelonafestival.com
Mid-July weekend music festival. Music from mainstream pop to experimental in the Parc del Fòrum. Past festivals included groups like Chemical Brothers, Flaming Lips, and Massive Attack.
Festa Major de Gracia
Week of August 15. Popular festival in one of the city’s liveliest districts. Street food, live bands, floats, theatricals, all-night block parties.
Festes dela Mercè
Week of September 24. Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, patroness of Barcelona; the city lays on a full palette of concerts, exhibitions, athletic meets, fireworks, parades of gegants (giant figures) and castellers (human towers) in the Plaça deSant Jaume. www.bcn.cat/merce
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