If you are visiting Barcelona and you love music, there are plenty of options for you.
The city, famous for its architecture, cuisine, art and culture, can also be a great destination for music seekers who already been in the obvious spots such as London, Paris or Amsterdam.
From great record stores to memorable parties and iconic venues, Barcelona can offer an amazing time to those who cannot live a day without music.
During the day it’s always a good idea to spend some hours of your holiday shopping. Who doesn’t like to bring back home a few good finds from a place far away?
For musicians and music lovers, buying records and memorabilia signifies an activity on its own.
So here are our recommendations for buying music on the streets of Barcelona:
Discos Paradiso, one of the newest stores in town which has become a hot spot to buy all kinds of records, could be a great option especially if you are into electronic music. You can also find at their store, books, magazines, clothes and DJ material.
Street Ferlandina, 39 (Ciutat Vella)
For an amazing surprise head on to Discos BCore. You could come across a great band performing in the premises or find a great record by one of their bands. BCore is an independent music label that has 25 years of history and has overcome all the musical crisis that has unfolded in the past decades.
If you want to support Spanish independent rock scene or you want to discover local bands on your visit to Barcelona, this store is a must.
With events almost every day of the week and a huge collection of self-released albums, Discos BCore deserves your visit
C/ Montmany, 25
If you are the kind of person who enjoys digging for a good treasure, then Daily Records, Barcelona’s first record store, is a good option. The shop offers an amazing selection of second hand vinyl, cds and memorabilia, with something for everyone, from 60’s Mod, to heavy metal, from 70’s Glam to New Wave to Folk, Bluegrass and Country.
Street Sitges, 9. Ciutat Vella
Are you looking for a taste of local culture? Barcelona is full of bars, restaurants, tablaos, dance schools and every kind of event at which flamenco takes centre stage.
A highly recommended place to visit is El Tablao de Carmen, away from the tourist rout, the venue offers a regular line-up of dancers and Michelin star quality food.
Another obligatory stop for visitors of Barcelona who seek to enjoy some flamenco, is The Tablao Cordobes, showcasing the best flamenco with an interior inspired by The Alhambra.
Tarantos is a tablao located next doors to Jamboree, a legendary Jazz venue. If you are not sure which kind of music suits your mood, you can try Plaza Real, full of cafes, restaurants and music venues, plenty of options to choose from when unsure about what to do.
If jazz is your thing, don’t miss Little Italy, the only restaurant committed 100% to Jazz music.
Also, in the popular neighbourhood of Gràcia, Cafè Salambó offers pool tables, a memorable list of cocktails and an interior made almost 100% by wood, which creates a very cosy feeling.
For a spectacular night out, Café Vienés Jazz Club offers live classic jazz and swing in its cinematographic venue, with an outstanding decoration and atmosphere.
Now the two hottest parties in Barcelona are hosted by iconic venues Apolo and Razzmatazz, both open for live concerts and club nights.
El Dirty at Razzmatazz can be described with its tagline: ‘All the hits you can imagine mixed all together (now!)’
Wednesdays from midnight till 5 o clock.
Nasty Mondays is the biggest rock & roll club night in Europe, and it has been for ten years.
Every Monday starting at midnight, no dress code.
For those rumbling the streets in search of a good but small live gig, Sidecar Factory Club is a below-ground temple of indie rock.
Also, the classic venue Luz de Gas offers something different every night, such as Blues, Jazz, Disco, Pop Rock, Spanish rock and more.
Last but not least, Barcelona is visited every year by musicians and music lovers during the spring, for its popular Music Festival Primavera Sound. Hosting a full week of live music, this is one of Europe’s most popular festivals.