Music Hall (AKA City Hall)

Capacity: 500

Address: Rambla Catalunya 2/4

Metro: Plaça Catalunya (L3 and L1)

This venue was originally one of the oldest theatre halls in Barcelona, the wittily named Teatro Barcelona of the late 19th century. Following a major revamp, the place has been modernised but still maintains its sophisticated décor, red velvety curtains and all.

In recent years, the place has become widely known among the young and not so young of the city by its alter-ego as City Hall, one of the friendlier nightclubs in the city, and which given its central location has attracted a very international crowd that brings together tourists, Erasmus students and people trying to pull tourists and Erasmus students.

Following the example set by the likes of Razzmatazz, Bikini, Apolo and Luz de Gas, this place has started getting in the act of putting on live shows, which is starting to include an increasingly wider repertoire of live music. The limited capacity of just five hundred means it’s never going to attract the biggest names in the business, but one of the great benefits of any gig here is the fact that it’s so handily located in the very centre of the city.

GETTING THERE

Couldn’t be easier. City Hall is right off Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona’s main central square, the one at the top of Las Ramblas. And if for some reason you object to using metro L3 or L1, you can also get there nice and easily from Universitat (L2) or Urquinaona (L4). Yep, it’s about the easiest place to get to in the whole city unless Barça have just beaten Real Madrid or won a trophy, or if there is some kind of demonstration going on. It’s pretty much the first building on the right as you go up Rambla de Catalunya.

You’ll also find it’s right next to the Canadian Consulate, so on your way, why not make a point of popping in to ask them to stop battering poor little seal cubs? Plaça Catalunya, meanwhile, also offers a host of interesting things to do other than go shopping in El Corte Ingles. You could have a swim in the fountains and hope the police don’t fine you, admire the sculpture to Francesc Masia, who in 1926 led a failed insurrection against the Spanish dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera, or just lie around people-watching on the grass.

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