This Benedictine Monk retreat makes for an amazing break from the bustle of Barcelona. You can get a combined ticket from the station which includes the cable car.
The views from the top are stunning. Inside you can visit the Holy Grotto and listen to the world renowned Montserrat Boys Choir. Time your visit so you are there before 13:00 when the choir sing.
World class orchestras, giving live performances all year round at the Bridgwater Hall. As well as giving fantastic symphonic performances, the programs often include concertos with famous soloists from all over the world. Recently we saw Sabine Meyer performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgwater Hall and it was a fantastic performance. I think it was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Live music - usually Thursdays + Fridays. DJs, electronica and local indie musicans in a relaxed and unpretentious location. Slightly hard to find but this doesn't mean it's exclusive by any means.
219 London Cct Civic
Google map: tinyurl.com/nakzsk
A small and intimate cocktail bar overlooking Garema Place in the City.
A good selection of drinks, music, people and kitsch decor! Jazz on Wednesday nights.
ANU Bar is the University Bar close to the City centre.
A friendly crowd and even better if you happen upon a great show. Check gig guides for event info or
ANU - Australian National University, Acton.
Landspeed is an independent record shop located in Garema Place, City. Inside you will find a well edited selection of music ranging from indie, punk, hardcore, hip hop and dance CDs and records. Local boys Koolism - Aria award winners - are found in the local muisc section along with flyers and local info on where to go.
Garema Place, Canberra City
Baracoa is a quaint seaside village cut off from the rest of Cuba until recently. It has a unique history as Cuba's first capital and is home to the music which is the origin of salsa. Cultural shows and music/dance lessons are given at the Casa de la Cultura.
To book lessons from UK see: www.takeyourtimetravel.com
A fantastic little museum with a wealth of Elvis related memorabilia, a decent tribute singer, great gift shop and maybe the chance to meet and chat to some of his former friends and acquaintances!
Sadly this gem is a bit run down and undersold in big-casino-fixated Vegas and lies in a tatty building off the strip, easiest accessed from behind Fashion show mall, but it is unmissable, great value and worth the effort for all King fans.
3401 Industrial Road
Tel: 702/309 7200
Website promoting the coolest new acts in Bristol for jazz, swing, latin, blues and more. Bristol has a thriving music scene with some great bands doing some great new stuff. If you're looking for the best new jazz band, sax player, vocalist, acoustic act, etc, it's a good place to start.
The coolest place in Bristol. I spotted it in The Guardian and have loved it ever since. Top music, laid-back atmosphere and some great acts - check out jazzsters like cool vocalist Nick Langston if you get a chance.
St Nicholas Street, Bristol
The well-established Shamrock (Irish) Bar is something of a landmark meeting place for Chengdu expats and locals. Up to 150 people per night roll up for music and fun on a Friday or Saturday evening. There is a free pool table, as well as live international sport (such as Aussie Rules, cricket, rugby, and soccer) televised on several screens throughout the bar area. The beer garden out front provides an excellent alternative for those who wish to generally chat.
Every Day: 10.00am – 3.00am
BAR FOOD SPECIALTY:
Pub grub includes the popular Shamrock burger and chips. Add lettuce, tomato, cheese, egg and / or bacon to your own liking. There is no shortage of ketchup (tomato sauce) to otherwise smother hot potato chips, wedges or onion rings. This can be washed down with a variety of local and imported beverages including Irish draught Guinness beer.
Thursday Solo singer
Friday DJ dance
Saturday Live bands
Sunday Solo singer
No.15 Renmin Nan Lu, Section 4,
(Around corner from USA consulate)
Shamrock Chengdu Forums:
Unbelievable stock, preposterously cheap prices, gems from every era and amazing selection of jazz vinyl. Knocks all the overpriced stores in Manhattan into a cocked hat.
Easy to get to from New York City (about an hours journey) and a nice day out in leafy Princeton.
The Ouseburn Valley is perhaps Newcastle's best-kept secret: family friendly, a stone's throw from the city centre and stuffed full of characterful pubs, music venues, art galleries and culture hubs. It's got Seven Stories - the Centre for Children's Books - next to 36 Lime Street; a rabbit warren of artists' studios next to the Round; a brand new theatre in the round specialising in theatre for young people which is next to the Cluny, Newcastle's famous live music venue.
Up the hill is the Stepney Bank Stables, the City Farm is over the road, there's the anarchist cinema The Star and Shadow nestling up to the ArtWorks Gallery and the Tanners pub.
The river itself winds through the valley, passing most of the sights - a wander along the path next to it is a relaxing way to get your bearings.
The whole area is bursting with fun and unusual activities for all ages. Highly recommended, whether you want to enjoy a nice beer on the Green or spend a whole day exploring the best of Newcastle's culture.
Lime Street is the heart of the regenerated Ouseburn, slap-bang underneath Byker Bridge. Nearest Metro stops are Manors and Byker. Nearest bus stop is St Dominics (cross the road to the Tanners and head down Stepney Bank towards the massive factory chimney). The Q2 Yellow Bus stops at St Anne's Steps, a 5 minute walk from the Ouseburn.
Hidden away in Berlin's laid back East Side, this back-of-a-boatshed haunt for recovering weekenders and general misfits exemplifies the best of Berlin's DIY bar culture. Comfily lo-fi, still manages a natural tree-covered canopy, a covered cinema, consistently brilliant music, and plenty of canalside seats (even if that means sitting in a boat). Staff are friendly and sound without being too-cool-for-school, and atmosphere will accommodate everyone happily, whatever your pleasure. Only in Berlin...
Brilliant, cheap little live blues joint right in the centre of town, fiver on the door and drinks promotions. Drinkable house red, horrid little loos, great clientele. Fight for a table near the band.
20 Kingly Street, Soho, London W1B 5PZ Tel: 020 7287 0514
A fortified former Portuguese port on the Atlantic Coast below Tangier, Asilah is built in Andalusian style with whitewashed buildings and is surrounded by huge ramparts. It has a small medina that is easy to navigate and fairly hassle free. There are also some good seafood restaurants and beaches which stretch for miles up the coast. A good place to relax away from the madness of the big Moroccan cities.
Asilah also has an International Festival that runs for 3-4 weeks in August, with musicians and artists from around the world.
About 45 mins from Tangier by train (station is 2km out of town).
The Laiterie is a really nice place to go out for good gigs in Strasbourg. A lot of upcoming bands like The Rakes, The Kooks or Razorlight have been there. The ticket prices are between 10 and 15 Euros, depending on the band. The beer prices are very fair as well. A beer from the tap is about 2 euros.
It's near the railway station of Strasbourg
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