Marula Café: vinyl, concerts and live music in Barcelona
Fans of Afro music: Marula Café is the place for you, with funk, soul, swing and disco tracks to dance the night away. Ready?
Carrer Escudellers 49
metro: Drassanes or Liceu (L3)
Friday and Saturday: 11pm - 6am
Sunday to Thursday: 11pm - 5am
entry: €10 including a drink
free before 2am
for funky music
for the great vibe
Barcelona is not short on nightclubs, but musical variety hasn’t always been the order of the day, with only “commerical” hits being played in clubs along the beach and around the port.
Marula Café is a little different, with an electic programme, a strong dance vibe, and budget-friendly concerts!
Marula Café: spot-on musical programming
Let’s start things off on the right note by talking about the music at Marula. Get ready to hear something completely different from the norm: no electro music here, and not a hint of David Guetta.
The excellent DJs at this unique club play funk, soul, boogaloo, rock, disco, hip-hop, swing, rare grooves, afrobeat, jazz and latino music. Yes, it’s eclectic… and it’s all on vinyl!
- Whether you’re into this sort of music or not, you’re sure to be swept up by the rhythms – you simply can’t not dance!
- The great names of Afro-American music over the last century are all represented, from Sly and the Family Stone to James Brown, via Ray Charles and Curtis Mayfield, amongst others.
- The musical focus changes each day, from rockabilly to South American music or jazz funk (see below for details).
Have no fear, though – whatever evening you decide to visit Marula Café, you’re sure to hear something you like. The managers, who are DJs and music fans themselves, have made good music a priority since the club opened, 7 years ago.
Marula Café: a warm, intimate atmosphere
A dynamic vibe for all ages
One of the strengths of the Marula Café is its clientele. Age ain’t nothin’ but a number here: whether you’re 20 or 60 years old, if you have a smile on your face and the energy to keep up, you’ll be more than welcome here.
Respect for personal space
Although the venue is on the smaller side, you won’t need to fight for space on the dancefloor. Unlike many places, Marula places an emphasis on personal space: you may be invited into a group of dancers, but no-one will try to force their way into your space without clear encouragement.
A warm, natural, party atmosphere
People come to Marula to show off their moves and to be themselves, without worrying what the next group over will think of their performance. Partygoers know they can let go here, and you’re bound to spend a memorable evening at Marula!
- Things go on into the wee small hours here! On evenings where there’s no organised concert, however, things rarely heat up before 1 or 2 am.
- Entry is free before 2am. After 2am, it will cost you €10, including a drink. Prices are very reasonable for a club: drinks cost between €5 and €10, depending on what you’re drinking.
- There are 2 bars on each side of the room, meaning that you’ll never have too long to wait before ordering your drink!
Musical events at Marula Café
From Wednesday to Sunday, Marula Café plays host to a varied programme, presented on their website.
- Every Thursday, for example, the A Wamba Buluba Collective organises a Rock & Roll and Soul night with an electric atmosphere. Each week, the DJ creates a vibrant and exciting programme, from ’50s rockabilly and ’60s surf rock to Afro R&B.
- Jazz, swing, reggae, R&B, garage, rock, and all kinds of other concerts are organised several nights a week. They generally start around 9.30pm, and entry costs between €0 (yes, that’s free) and €10 depending on the artists.
Marula Café is a temple to great music, informality and crazy dancing! Come as you are, whether to enjoy one of the organised concerts, or to let off steam a la Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega!
Ready to dance?
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About the author
Iris, a devoted music fan, is always on the lookout for live performances. Barcelona is clearly the place for her, with artists on almost every street corner! Always on the lookout for new and exciting things to do, she enjoys life in the sunshine with a smile on her face and a drink in her hand.