Good food and live music: the perfect summer pairing

Art and Culture


There is no going back now. It took a while, but summer is finally here. We've been waiting for it impatiently, mostly because we can't wait for those summer nights we love so much. Evenings spent outdoors, enjoying the warm weather, along with some good food and good music.

So for today we've put together a list of places in Barcelona and Madrid, plus a couple of amazing festivals, where you can enjoy all three. As the season heats up, the options multiply. No time to waste!

Photo: Little Italy

Little Italy

This Barcelona spot is all about jazz. In 1988 they were among the first to bring the dinner and acoustic concert combo to the city. In terms of cuisine, the restaurant serves a nice selection of main courses and has a very complete wine list. Every Wednesday and Thursday evening is set aside for live music.

Photo: Heliogábal


When it comes to live music in Barcelona, this Gràcia establishment is an absolute classic. Its founding mission was to revitalize Barcelona's cultural scene. Not only does the venue host outdoor concerts almost every day of the week, it even organizes its own festival! A cultural landmark in one of the city's coolest neighborhoods.

Photo: Harlem Jazz Club

Harlem Jazz Club

Going strong for 30 years, Harlem Jazz Club has live concerts every night. It opened in 1987, making the club one of the oldest concert spaces in the city, and when it comes to music, few places can match it in terms of quantity and quality. Nestled into the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona's city center, the club has welcomed thousands of local and international artists to its stage.

Photo: Bodega Saltó

Bodega Saltó

Bodega Saltó is largely responsible for turning Poble Sec into one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods. Old-school wine shop, bar, restaurant and concert venue: Saltó has it all, even its own cultural association tasked with organizing concerts, either in the early afternoon (the perfect aperitif) or evening.

Photo: Jazz Club Casa Fuster

Jazz Club Hotel Casa Fuster

Thursday evenings are a must here, year round. The club's jazz concerts are a highlight of Barcelona’s nightlife. An excellent weeknight live music plan that comes with interesting foodie options, including themed menus and original tapas.

Madrid boasts an equally varied selection.

Photo: Anthony's Place

Anthony’s Place

Anthony's Place is a welcoming restaurant with a modern look that has been a fixture of Madrid's Chamberí neighborhood since 1982. It serves up home-style cooking and shows, and the best setting to enjoy both. This original restaurant specializes in classic Spanish cuisine with dishes like grilled secreto ibérico (a particularly tender cut of pork) or flamenquines (deep-fried ham and pork loin rolls).

Photo: Café Populart

Café Populart

This is one of Madrid's landmark spots. The café in Barrio de las Letras has been around for over two decades and is an essential part of Madrid's jazz scene. While enjoying a concert, guests can sample an excellent selection of tapas, tostas (savory toast with different toppings) and salads.

Photo: Berlin Jazz Café

Berlín Jazz Café

Salads, crepes, burgers and live jazz. The Berlín Jazz Café is one of the most renowned venues to host concerts by local and international artists. The art deco style gives it a cosmopolitan yet intimate feel, perfect for enjoying a great meal while listening to the most innovative classic and contemporary jazz.

Photo: Café Central

Café Central

Yet another iconic spot in the Spanish capital that delivers top-notch jazz. The world's best jazz musicians have played this stage, making Café Central a must for lovers of this musical genre. Plus, concert-goers can savor great nibbles—Ibérico cured meat and ham, assorted cheeses, salads—along with the music.

Photo: Recoletos Jazz

Recoletos Jazz

Jazz is the star at this live music venue. Located in the AC Recoletos hotel, it is the perfect place for an evening of good music in Madrid, amid an elegant but welcoming ambiance. An intimate setting in which to enjoy a drink or light meal, on a romantic date or with friends, every Thursday and Friday night.

Ten restaurants, bars and concert venues in Barcelona and Madrid where you can enjoy enticing cuisine paired with great live music. Rounding out our gastronomic-musical journey are two festivals that are about to start. Festival Cap Roig, held in Calella de Palafrugell, and Festival de Peralada, in the eponymous town in the province of Girona. Both kick off next month and are true icons of the summer music season.

And it doesn't end there. At Jean Leon we organize live jazz events at our Visitors Center all summer long, as well as teaming up with restaurants in Madrid and Barcelona.

Take note and make the most of the summer. There is so much to do and time flies! :)

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