Barcelona's nightlife scene is more than late night discos, electronic beats and 80's highlights. The city boasts a large variety of eclectic live music venues with a mix of indie and main stream bands;frequenting one of these bars or clubs is actually one of the best ways to get a genuine feel for the city's culture and vibe. Jazz is particularly popular in many of the bars, with staples like Harlem Jazz Club and Jazzsi leading the way for emerging local as well as international bands to make their name on the stage.
Most of the city's live music locales are centered in and around Ciutat Vella (Old City), especially in the Gothic Quarter and the more rustic, Raval neighborhood, however there are a few in the Eixample district and up towards the 'posher' parts of the city like Sant Gervasi and Sarria. One of the best parts about live music in Barcelona, is that you can enjoy it pretty much any night of the week. Many venues feature bands only from Monday through Thursday, which often results in free admission and cheap drinks. If you're interested in live music, definitely check the free newspapers and flyers around the city, for times, dates and great deals.