Barcelona City Council has recently passed a law that allows live music in bars and restaurants all over the city, as long as they play it on a determined schedule and in soundproofed rooms to avoid disturbing neighbours. So, now it’s time to enjoy the best jazz in town! Here’s a list of the best jazz clubs in Barcelona.
Harlem Jazz Club: The magic of jazz
It is probably the most emblematic jazz club in Barcelona. Since the beginnings its owners have been committed to live music, usually jazz, but sometimes they feature swing, funk, soul or bossanova, among others Those who have been fortunate enough to visit Harlem explain that this club offers a truly magical feel that only a real jazz club could ever have.. It gets crowded so don’t expect to have a seat unless you are there early. Good music, delicious cocktails and enviable atmosphere in the heart of the city.
Jamboree: for both tourists and locals
It’s a must for jazz fans. In the middle of Plaza Real, it is a place with character since 1960. Every Monday you have a date with the innovation at Jam sessions and concerts on Tuesdays and Sundays. If you want, after concerts you can stay on the disco, a really popular spot for tourists and locals to dance in its two rooms – pop-rock and hip-hop. Jamboree has put Barcelona on the route map of several tours of international jazz artists.
Little Italy: Italian food with Jazz.
If what you want is to have a meal while you’re listening to good jazz, Little Italy is the place to be. Instead of New York, this Little Italy is in Barcelona’s old town, where you can enjoy a wide variety of Mediterranean gastronomy with an Italian touch in a vintage atmosphere. Live jazz music creates a perfect atmosphere while the audience has dinner every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9.30 pm.
Milano cocktail: come back to the 40’s
We stay in Italy to discover a cocktail bar with the authentic 40’s style: red couches, elegant uniformed waiters and, as could not be otherwise, live jazz every night with double session at 8.30 pm. You delight with some food or drink their own cocktails in a relaxing ambience. If you still have the strength, the DJ plays soul, funk, Latin music or jazz until 3 a.m.
JazzSí Club: the future of Jazz in Barcelona
This is the club run by Tallers de músics, a music school located in the city outskirts. Music students are the ones that organize their live jazz sessions every Wednesday with generous serving of imagination and innovation. There, musicians can test their abilities and play for an audience for the first time. A different experience far from listening to experienced professionals but with a rare and unique extra: the real improvisation. The prices are for students too: only 4 euros with drink included.
Jazzman: not in the city guides
It’s an intimate space where to experience jazz closely, especially due to the reduced size of the place. This is the charm of Jazzman, where you can hang out with veteran artists and new jazz talents every Monday night. The rest of the week you can listen to jazz music too, but not live. This is the kind of place that you don’t find in the city guides, so take our advice and enjoy this cozy jazz club.