By Ben Holbrook
The younger sibling of Madrid’s iconic nightclub, which bears the same name, Marula Café’s sole goal in life is to pump “real music” through the veins of Barcelona.
Electronic beats are eschewed in favor of funk, disco, soul and Afrobeat rhythms, with timeless floor fillers from the likes of James Brown, Michael Jackson and Sly & the Family Stone setting the scene for serious dance-offs. Not too big and not too small, the vibe is fun and familiar and its super central locale – just off Plaça George Orwell – attracts a lively crowd of both local funkadelics and adventurous visitors who stumble beyond the boundaries of Plaça Reial.
Don’t miss The Presidentes or DJ Timber’s “We Funk” nights, and be sure to give up the funk at one of the legendary “Freaky Flo Parties.” Open nightly, it’s time to put on those hot pants and get up offa that thing!
(Club entry typically €10.)