The biggest funk and soul hub of Ciutat Vella ("Old City," located in Barcelona) is now featuring Funky Fridays. At these events, Marula Cafe hosts a mix of well-known artists and DJs, in addition to up-and-coming youngsters who are trying to make a name for themselves on the scene.
Marula is the epicenter for funk, reggae and soul music, and it can't be any more centrally located than the Gothic Quarter. Right off of Plaza George Orwell and a stone's throw from La Rambla, Marula caters to a late-night crowd and die-hard music lovers.
Music at Marula Cafe — Photo courtesy of Marula Cafe
On weekends, the line to get inside can be seen around the corner, so be sure to get on the guest list. If for some reason you don't feel like waiting in line and the guest list is full, then take a walk down Escudellers and check out Factory Club or Bar Tequila, where you can listen to your favorite rock band with individual head phones. Both of these are electric and fun bars/clubs and a perfect way to kick off the evening while waiting to enter Marula.
There's so much to do on this street. You can grab a pizza at one of the few delicious Italian shops, or freshly made pasta at the pasta bar which is directly beside Marula. Most eateries on Escudellers Street have room to sit inside, or you can opt for take out.
This is one of the liveliest streets in the city, and it usually perks up around 2 a.m. and goes until the sun comes up. Lineups at Marula generally start around 1:30 a.m., so if you want to miss the crowds and often times the cover charge, then show up at 12 a.m., and you'll be set for the evening.
One of the best things about partying at Marula is the late-night and early morning snacks, which are readily available to you as soon as you walk onto the street. From empanadas to mini hot dogs to popcorn and pizza, you don't have to go too far if you're feeling peckish. The early morning "food crew" will track you down and come ready with beer if you feel so inclined. You can grab a snack and a drink and head to the beach to watch sunrise.