Where do I start with this place? It’s easily the Barcelona Spot I’ve been in most. Tucked away in the Gothic Quarter, this venue has been putting on fantastic concerts since its opening in 1987. Somehow, it still remains relatively hidden!
I can’t even begin to explain the mix of genres here, so any possible misconceptions of solely snooty, elitist jazz aficionados can be thrown away straight away. Even if not, that idea will be wiped clean as soon as you walk through the doors. The long bar leads to a small space and a stage, but that’s all that’s needed for them to offer the quality music that they do.
There are concerts most nights of the week, sometimes more than one, and entry prices are usually € 6 – € 8. Drinks are also a little bit expensive compared to other bars in the area, so if you are looking for a cheap night it isn’t the best option overall. However, the music easily validates the price, so don’t let that deter you.
As I’ve said, there are loads of different concerts and genres on offer, but the one that has kept me coming back is a group called Orquesta Ilegal de Barcelona (pictured). A mix of extremely talented young musicians from all around the world that in some ways define Harlem – great musicians, a mix of genres, and a guaranteed good time dancing when you’re there. They usually play every Friday, highly recommended!