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A night out on the town: dinner and a monologue

Written by Christine

Barcelona is a city that boasts many forms of art and culture and the best part is that you can find these things in the most unexpected places. For a new experience, you can visit one of the few restaurants in the city that offer dinner and a show, specifically monologues. This is a great way to try something new, enjoy a great meal, and get a taste for the theater all in one!

Les Carboneres

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Photo credit: Stuck in Customs via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Les Carboneres is a small tapas joint located on Carrer Girona in Eixample that serves up Mediterranean dishes and entertainment on the side. This restaurant is noted as being different because the food is innovative and creative, and pushes the limits of modern cuisine. As of 2015, Les Carboneres has live entertainment on certain nights such as monologues, poetry readings, and concerts for you to enjoy while you dine. These events are usually held on the weekends and change in theme but the monologues presented have been noted as exceptionally successful. The restaurant has also participated in Dinners that Matter, a program in Barcelona that donates profits to organizations to help fight hunger so you can feel good about where the money from the dinner and show is going. You can check online for upcoming events and to make a reservation, perhaps for an upcoming night out with friends since this restaurant gladly books for small groups.

L’Antic de Sants

L’Antic de Sants is located in Plaça de Sants, an unlikely location for such a unique restaurant and theater space. On the menu, you can find traditional Catalan and Mediterranean dishes at moderate prices and on Friday and Saturday night there are monologues for live entertainment. Some of the stars of the menu are the paella and the snails, as well as meat dishes. The atmosphere is familiar and warm so it’s a great place to enjoy dinner and a show in an informal setting. L’Antic de Sants is divided into a bar area and a dining room, so you can enjoy a drink first at the bar and then make your way to the dining room to enjoy your dinner and the monologue. You can phone ahead for entertainment information or simply drop by any Friday or Saturday to see what’s going on for the night.

Granja de Gavà

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Photo credit: pixlars via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Granja de Gavà is located in Raval, a neighborhood known as a bohemian and artsy place full of culture and diversity. On Carrer de Joaquín Costa you can find this cafe that has been declared a patrimonial and historical site due to its long history of dedication to art and culture. Granja de Gavà hosts different cultural events like poetry readings, monologues, and live music. You can consult their website to check for upcoming events and to buy tickets ahead of time for all shows. The great thing about this cafe is that there are monologues and poetry readings not only on the weekend but throughout the week as well, so you can enjoy events on any day. Be sure to drop by this cafe to enjoy a truly unique cultural experience in Barcelona!

About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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