Located in the heart of the Placa Reial, Ocaña serves up some of the most exciting cocktails in the city but its drinks menu isn’t all that sets it apart from the rest. The décor and crispness in design makes Ocaña something really special, and the club, bar and terrace showcase work from some of the city’s most illustrious artists.
Jamboree Jazz Club
The Jamboree Jazz Club Jazz Club has two performances each day, 365 days of the year. Though whilst being famous for hosting jazz concerts, on your average Friday/Saturday night the downstairs dancefloor can often be populated by tourist guys pretending to be P.Diddy. Head upstairs for some more rock 'n' roll/pop music if heavy hip-hop is not your cup-of-tea... Make sure you head down to the Jamboree if you’re in the city on a Monday, as it hosts its infamous jazz jam session.
Apolo / Razzmatazz
Apolo and Razzmatazz are the city´s biggest indoor venues that regularly play host to big live international acts. Apolo´s main room is an old ballroom which resembles The Ritz and comes complete with springy dancefloor. Go there on a Monday and you'll find queues round the block, tourists and students alike for the hugely popular 'Nasty Mondays' night. Razzamatazz is situated in Poble Nou, an area once known as 'the Manchester of Catalunya' due to its warehouses and industry.
Barcelona has an extensive choice of markets from global foods, to clothing and antiques. One of the most popular is the Mercat de Sant Josep / La Boqueria situated just off La Ramblas, Barcelona’s bustling and iconic strip, vending the freshest fruit, veg, fish and meat in the city. If you don't want to remortgage your second home on the Costa Brava by paying a Greek bailout for a handful of fruit, make sure you go deep inside the market as the stalls at the entrance tend to charge high prices to tourists.
If you're wanting to go somewhere a bit special and a bit exclusive try this place, but book a table at least two to three months in advance of your trip. A collaboration by Ferra Adria, owner of the best restaurant in the world, 'EL Bulli' (until its closure in 2011), his brother and a few others. Situated as it is, on what was and still is the Broadway/West End of Barcelona, Parallel Street, Tickets has a theatrical interior theme and offers highly original and experimental tapas.
Grand Central Hotel Terrace
The Grand Central is one of our favourites. Located in the Gothic quarter, the Grand Hotel was built in 1926 and still retains its beautiful original features, and remains timeless whilst incorporating modern interior design, the latest technology and lighting. The terrace is a Spanish paradise, with one of the best views of Barcelona you will surely find looking out over the central rooftops, which you can do with a fruit cocktail in hand or whilst swimming in the breath-taking infinity pool.