Since beloved local spot Club Cronopios closed temporarily to do some remodeling, perhaps what has been most missed of all is their weekly open mic night on Mondays. However, a potential blessing in disguise is that local musicians, poets, comedians, and spectators have been able to discover other wonderful incubators of creativity throughout Barcelona. Without further ado, here is a list of the current best open mic nights in Barcelona for those who want to express themselves and/or for those who simply want to absorb local talent!
Raval, the neighborhood that, for some, conjures up words such as, “dirty,” “grungy,” or “dangerous,” and for others, “artistic,” “lively,” and “cutting edge”- is where this cultural hub is located. Every other Sunday night at 8:00 PM, the charming musician Luistófoles hosts an open mic, bridging the gap between each performer with his hilarious personality and beautiful songs. The vibe here is cozy and familiar, with a healthy mix of people who come every week to newcomers. The entirety of the night tends to occur in Spanish, though I am usually the one person who recites spoken word poetry in English!
Big Bang Bar
Also located in Raval, the atmosphere of Big Bang Bar is quite different from The Collective, given that a) it is a bar and not a cultural center and b) it is a majority English-speaking event. It’s dark, noisy, and bustling, which is great for those who want to enjoy the full offerings of a bar as well as hearing talented musicians and poets. For those who want to perform, there is usually a full crowd of people with open ears, which is great for exposing one’s work outside the inner circle of Barcelona artists. Additionally, as mentioned above, the attendees here tend to be more from non-Spanish speaking countries. Oscar Martinez- himself a guitarist, drummer, and singer- hosts this event that occurs on Thursday and Sunday nights at 9:30 PM.
Raval is the place to be, it seems, to attend an open mic night! The one at Moraima happens on Tuesday nights at 7:00 P.M., and the space is super cute. It’s basically just one big room tucked away in a small street, its walls decorated with drawings or photography from local artists. This event tends to be mostly in Spanish with some English intertwined. Javi Jareño Sánchez hosts this event, and he himself plays music as well. One benefit of this open mic is that it lasts until 11:00 P.M., so it doesn’t really matter exactly at what time you arrive- or you can also pop in and out while hopping around Raval.
Whether you’re a poet, musician, comedian, or appreciator of local art, the open mic scene in Barcelona is thriving! Would you be brave enough to share your art in front of a crowd?