Live jazz, piano and concerts
In Barcelona restaurants with live music are rare. Most locals eat first, then head to a concert hall or jazz club for the music. However, there are some places in town where you can enjoy a great dinner and some live jazz, or a piano player or even a whole concert – you just need to know where to go. A simple Google search won’t help much: many places are just burger joints or have permanently closed, like our very missed Café Mandacarú. You can also head to a flamenco place, but there the food isn’t usually great as people go there for the show rather than their gastronomical offer.
So today we want to help you finding your perfect restaurants with music, and that’s why in today’s post we share with you our favorite restaurants with live music in Barcelona. However, take into account that their programs and schedules might change, so you better check with them when booking a table to avoid being disappointed.
This is where we go for dinner and live music in Barcelona:
Set Portes. This restaurant located in a arcaded building between the Born and the Barcelona quarters offers piano playing every evening after 9PM. Choose your favorite song from their piano songs menu and ask the pianist, Manel Barea, to play it. His repertory is wide and aside from personal requests, he also chooses the pieces depending on each night’s feel, so each dinner feels different and special. Also, check the restaurant agenda in their website to learn what other activities are going on. Right now they are organizing monthly Lyric Dinners consisting on a tasting set menu and a soprano and piano concert following the meal. A perfect choice for those who love traditional settings: this restaurant has been open for over 180 and it still keeps its classical flare and old recipes (don’t miss their paella, said to be one of the best in town) and black and white checkered floors. It’s also fun to check out the little signs mentioning what celebrity has seated in the table you are eating.
L’Eggs. Are you a night owl that loves eggs? Then this is the choice for you! L’Eggs by Paco Pérez (a chef that already possesses 2 Michelin stars in his Miramar restaurant in l’Empordà county very close to the border with France, and two more at the Enoteca restaurant in Hotel Arts, plus one more in his restaurant in Berlin) is a chic but fun restaurant where they are obsessed about eggs in all their different presentations, specially omelettes and fried eggs with a variety of delicious toppings. Fish and meat eaters will also find offers to match their palate, and there are some vegetarian options as well, but not as many as you’d expect). Every Friday at 11.30 they bring a live band to entertain you while you follow dinner with one of the classy cocktails by their barmen Manel Vehí.
Quatre Gats. Located very close to the Cathedral of Saint Eulàlia, in a side street from the busy Portal de l’Angel shopping street, this restaurant is probably one of the most emblematic in the city. It was open at the end of the XIX century to mimic the ambiance at Le Chat Noir cabaret from Paris: live piano music and good food. It of course became quickly the meeting point of the Modernist artists and literates, including a very young Picasso from whom you can still see nowadays a couple of small paintings hanging in the walls. The original restaurant closed for a few decades, but it reopened again preserving its antique essence and original decoration. Since then, the piano has always been playing on Saturdays and depending on the week they also offer other styles such as soul, jazz, bossanova or free style. Make sure to call them before to know if there’s live music that day, it’s the only way to know it!
Casino Barcelona. Open all year around, this haven of game tables, slots and poker features 5 theme restaurants where you can enjoy an excellent seasonal cuisine. But gambling and eating isn’t the only thing you can do there: Check their website to discover their extensive musical program of live music, specially jazz and vocals. It’s located next to the Port Olímpic Marina and the beaches, so you can go on a lovely walk by the water after dinner if you are not a gambler, or enjoy a drink in one of the nearby beach clubs.
Café Vienés (Hotel Casa Fuster). The Casa Fuster building was built by the architect Lluís Domènech i Muntaner: a gorgeous modernist building with delicate floral relieves and pink marble columns. The street level became a meeting point of the high society, that was recovered when the building became a hotel. Your appointment at Café Vienés is every Thursday, from 9 pm to 23 pm. The best jazz artists in the world have played at Café Vienés: Woddy Allen (who used it as a set for his Vicky Cristina Barcelona movie), Eddy Davis or the Barcelona Swing Serenaders are just some of them. Choose between entrance+drink or a more exclusive entrance + dinner, which can be a full 3-course meal or a tapas tasting, both paired to a glass of the exclusive Moët Chandon champagne. Menus can be adapted to gluten-free diets, too.
AND BONUS! Did you know there is a Gaudi site where you can have dinner and enjoy live music in Barcelona?
El Cafè de la Pedrera. Gaudí, live music and dinner… This is the offer of the restaurant in the mezzanine of La Pedrera, one of the most famous Gaudi buildings, with the program “Dinner and more”. The concerts vary depend on the day, so check their website to see the program, which includes from jazz to afro-american or swing music. We recommend to get a table by their large windows overlooking the fancy Passeig de Gràcia street.
So what about you? Head to the comments below and tells us: what other cool Barcelona restaurants with live music do you recommend?