Harlem Jazz Club: authentic atmosphere in the gothic quarter
The Harlem Jazz Club needs no introduction. Opened in 1987, it's now widely recognised as one of Barcelona's best jazz clubs.
Comtessa de Sobradiel 8
metro: Jaume I (L4)
Tuesday to Sunday
less than 15 euros
for its authentic feel
You don’t need to be a great music lover to visit the Harlem Jazz Club, right in the heart of the old town. Here, you’ll find a vibrant mix of tourists and locals of all ages, coming together to enjoy the friendly and resolutely positive atmosphere.
Over the years, the Harlem Jazz Club has built up a very varied core of regulars, and continues to host, without fuss or fanfare, some of Barcelona’s finest artists.
The Harlem Jazz Club atmosphere
Bathed in a soft, red light, the décor has a retro feel, with stacks of vinyl records behind the bar. There’s a feel of simplicity and authenticity. The stage is small, and there aren’t many places to sit; if you want to get a chair, it’s best to arrive early, as the club fills up fast.
A varied programme
The club showcases jazz and blues acts, but also flamenco and Brazilian music. The full, up-to-date programme is available on the club’s website.
A different group plays each night, except on Tuesdays, which feature a blues jam session and a group led by “El Chino” (“the Chinese guy”), an unmissable Harlem classic. The music is great, and the atmosphere is just as good. At the end of the night, there’s even a chance to get up on stage yourself and play, or sing, something with the band. You’ll just need to bring your own instrument and sign up on arrival.
Friday and Saturday nights are generally given over to Latino or Brazilian music, played by artists from Barcelona or further afield.
- The Harlem Jazz club opens at around 8pm and closes any time between 1am and 5am, varying from day to day. The first session starts at 10.30pm and the second starts at midnight.
- Entry costs between 6 and 15 euros depending on the concert, including your first drink (wine or beer).
- During the week, you should be able to get tickets on the door. It’s best to book in advance for concerts on Friday or Saturday, though.
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Laureen has written many articles for Barcelona Top Travel Tips. An intrepid traveller with an artistic bent, she loves the feeling of freedom found in the Catalan capital. Her favourite job during her placement with us was testing some of the city's incredible bars and restaurants. It's a hard job, but somebody has to do it... ;-)