I love live music, and BarCo is one of the several venues I go to regularly. They have concerts, jam sessions and DJs playing almost every night of the week, often with 2 shows a night, one at 21.30 or 22.00 and a second at midnight. After the live shows, dance music takes over until the small hours.
There’s a fairly eclectic mix of bands, from hip hop, blues, funk, jazz, soul and reggae to singer-songwriters, Spanish pop and Flamenco. After being closed for refurbishment last summer, they have re-opened and have a full programme of events including a flamenco show every Sunday at 21.30. At 12 euros with a drink included, it’s an incredible bargain. It’s a good idea to check what’s on regularly.
This is a great place to go for a dance after the bars close, if you aren’t quite ready to go home! They have always have great music; resident DJ Rudolfo Poveda is one of my favourites; and I’ve danced the night away here many times.
The walls are all black, and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly; people are here to relax and dance, not to show off the latest fashions; you’ll find all sorts here. I think part of the reason for this is because it is smallish in size, and pretty intimate as a result.
Be warned; this is a late-night venue. You may arrive at midnight to find the place empty! Going out in Madrid means going out late – as they say: Spain is different!