Situated in the heart of the Ciutat Vella ("Old City") – right behind Plaza Sant Jaume and not far from La Rambla – this rustic, used-to-be dive bar is an excellent place to listen to some of your favorite jazz ensembles.
Now, the bar has increased the number of live music nights they have each week from four or five to six. This is an excellent opportunity not only for music-lovers, but also for the bands themselves to be able to showcase their talent!
From swing to blues to Latin music to funk, there's never a lack of options for music-lovers of all persuasions.
Harlem Jazz Club in Barcelona — Photo courtesy of Harlem Jazz Club
This jazz club might not be the oldest in the city; however, it's certainly seen thousands of concerts pass through its doors and grace its stage.
The acoustics are ideal for live music, and the ambiance and bohemian crowd provide for an unassuming and extremely entertaining evening. The vibe is mellow, yet electric at the same time; bands from around the world flock to play at this venue.
The International Jazz Festival, in particular, uses Harlem Jazz Club as one of its key staging grounds. In 2014, plenty of concerts were held there almost every day of the festival.
Not only is the jazz club ideally situated in the Gothic Quarter, but it's also close to plenty of other bars and clubs where you can continue the night after the live music has ended.
Just down the street is Plaza George Orwell (a.k. "Plaza Tripi"), where bars like Oviso and Nemrut are open quite late. If you head onto Escudellers Street, right off the plaza, you'll come upon Marula Cafe, a well-known funk and R&B club. Around the corner is the infamous late-night Macarena bar, and if you walk a bit further, you'll come to Plaza Reial, where Jamboree is one of just many clubs to engulf the square.
Another great venue to check out for live music is also right around the corner, called El Paraigua. It has a hidden underground venue for those who are truly "in the know" in the city.
Harlem Jazz Club is a great way to kick off the evening in Barcelona, especially if you're into live music and want to experience it in one of the city's most authentic and unpretentious clubs.