Ruta Playa Viva
Live Music in Las Palmas
To your right, the smell of the sea as the waves hit the sand. A cocktail in your hand, an ocean breeze and live music floating all around you.
It’s the weekend in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s vibrant barrio Guanarteme and Las Canteras beach, and that means the amps are turned up and the passersby are tuned in for the weekly musical offerings of the Ruta Playa Viva.
Guanarteme is the neighbourhood at the end of Las Canteras Beach, characterized by the surfing zone of La Cicer and the imposing Auditorio Alfredo Kraus. In recent years, Guanarteme has transitioned into one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Las Palmas for hippies, hipsters and everyone in between; complete with nearly a dozen surf schools, plenty of bars and cafés to grab a bite or a craft brew and no shortage of funky shops and tattoo salons.
La Ruta Playa Viva has been going strong here for nearly a decade and is as much a part of the barrio as the barrel waves and black volcanic sand of Playa La Cicer. Launched by Tiramisu and La Guarida de Blues, several more establishments have joined in on the fun, offering music and culture on the streets of Las Palmas. And it´s free.
Friday Night Vibes at La Ruta Playa Viva
La Rosa Terraza in Plazoleta Farray
Every Friday the terraces at Plazoleta Farray fill up in anticipation of live tunes to set off the weekend. Caña glasses clink and gintonics fizzle as friends gather to shake off the week and welcome the weekend.
Set back three streets from the Las Canteras coast, the plaza is protected from wind, making it it ideal even during the chillier winter months. The music in Plaza Farray is hosted by La Rosa Terraza, but the stage is set up right in the center, making the melodies accessible from any of Plaza Farray’s many terraces.
The music at Plaza Farray usually starts at about 21:00 and tends to feature jazz, blues or flamenco fusion artists. Many people stick around Plazoleta Farray long after the band packs up, but for those who are looking to shake their groove thangs, there’s always…
La Guarida de Blues
La Guarida de Blues prides themselves as pure rock & roll. The bar is set up beneath the Hotel EXE and hosts live bands several nights a week and always on Friday and Saturday, usually from about 22:00.
While the all black, fully soundproofed establishment can be a bit too hot and crowded for many, La Guarida is known for hosting incredible bands and featuring anything from Spanish rock, classic rock, Cuban hits and occasionally hard rock. And if that’s not enough for you…
If you’re into after-hours, mosey on down to Plaza de la Musica, where there’s always something going on until the wee hours. Sala Nasdaq hosts rock bands and usually gets started after 23:00 and goes until late. Just follow the crowds heading behind the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus and join the after party.
Saturday Sounds at La Ruta Playa Viva
Sadly, new government
ordinances hassles have forced the iconic NYC Taxi to cancel their concerts along the Las Canteras promenade until further notice. Apparently the city has decided that the overflow crowds that stand to watch the music once the terrace is full are a nuisance. That´s right, culture and a healthy economy are a nuisance 🙄.
Sign this petition to save the tunes and bring music back to NYC Taxi!
On the promenade just beside the sea of Las Canteras beach, Saturday’s Ruta Playa Viva gets started at the iconic NYC Taxi. Inside, the rock & roll burger bar is decorated with vintage photos of Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, and outside it’s blessed with front line views of Playa La Cicer. The outside tables fill up fast – usually from the late afternoon – but you can order a “take away” caña in a plastic cup at the door and dance the night away on the paseo.
NYC Taxi hosts rock groups and tends to get started around 20:00. Afterwards, the crowd heads over to…
Tiramisu is one of my personal favourite bars in the barrio, and is a short walk from NYC Taxi.
Located on a side street off of Guanarteme’s Plaza de Pilar, Tiramisu has a few outdoor table that fill up fast and plenty of space for dancing – which, let’s be honest, is what you really should be doing.
The tunes at Tiramisu tend to be pretty eclectic and anything goes, from funk to rock, world music and drum crews to classic covers, Tiramisu draws a fun, free-spirited crowd who come to shake their booties and have a good time. Afterwards, take a stroll toward…
Mumbai Sunset (22:00)
As the music fades in Plaza de Pilar, the crowd makes their way down to Mumbai Sunset, arguably the trendiest spot in town with comfy indoor lounge seats, tons of terrace space and a grassy patch where latecomers can grab a seat and catch the tunes.
All that with the ocean breeze drifting in from the sea and the lights of the Auditorium Alfredo Kraus – one of the cities most recognisable monuments – in the background.
Mumbai showcases an eclectic mix of musicians from lounge to flamenco to DJs, usually starting from around 22:00. It´s a place to see and be seen, though the new, stricter city ordinances mean that you´re more likely to catch a DJ than live tunes these days.
La Guarida de Blues
Remember La Guarida from last night? They’re back at it again tonight!
If you’re not up for lounging the night away at Mumbai Sunset once the band unplugs, head back over to La Guarida to rock til you drop. Or you can always head back over to…
Sala Nazdaq (23:30)
The afterparty in Plaza de la Musica is back in full effect on Saturday. If you can make it until the speakers go silent on Sunday morning, congrats! You´ve officially accomplished the mission Ruta Playa Viva. Til next weekend that is 😉.
Live Music in Las Palmas´ Las Canteras
As if that wasn´t enough, there are plenty more bars and restaurants around Las Canteras that offer live music on a regular basis. Here are some of my favourites:
Mercado del Puerto
Mercado del Puerto is located at the opposite end of Las Canteras beach in La Puntilla and is a perfect spot for meeting friends, tasting tapas and enjoying the live music on offer.
Renovated within an old fish market at the Las Palmas port, the Mercado del Puerto is now a stylish food court full of small food and drink stalls that serve everything from sushi and Greek pastries to craft beers and cocktails. There´s definitely something for everyone here!
The Mercado del Puerto hosts live music every Thursday at 20:30 and Saturday at 20:00.
Isleta Sunset at Clipper La Puntilla
Every Sunday at golden hour as the sun starts it´s decent into the sea, Clipper Italian restaurant in La Puntilla hosts live music to bid farewell to the weekend in style. The music is organised by Fabrica La Isleta – a local institution – and features everything from latin rhythms, singer songwriters, blues, jazz and more.
Isleta Sunset takes place every Sunday as the sun begins to set (about 20:00 in summer and 17:30 in winter).
El Tendedero de Catalina
This hip rooftop bar above Bed & Chic Boutique Hotel is all the hype in Parque Santa Catalina and definitely a place to see, be seen and clink (gin & tonic) glasses with the beautiful people of Las Palmas.
Live music is held sporadically at this venue either upstairs at El Tendedero rooftop bar or downstairs in the the plaza at the Bed & Chic bar.
La Tasca de Lúa
Every Thursday, La Tasca de Lúa brings live music to Calle Ruiz de Alba where guests can enjoy dinner to the tune of acoustic violin, Spanish guitar and more.
Right in the heart of Parque Santa Catalina, Casa Fataga serves up live music alongside papas arrugadas, queso asado and other Canarian delights most Fridays at 21:00.
Housed in a charming, traditional Canarian casa designed by Nestor del Torre in the 1920s, Casa Fataga is a perfect spot for a date night to impress, especially on Friday nights accompanied by live acoustic music.
Motown Bar Cervezeria
Motown is a cozy spot located just off of Plaza Farray, complete with an open mic night, live music once or twice a week, darts and inexpensive drinks.
Live Music: Fridays & Saturdays at 22:00
Open Mic Night: Thursdays at 21:00
Live Music in Las Canteras
What are some of your favourite spots for catching live tunes in the city? I´d love to hear about them in the comments below!
Curious about what else is going on in Las Palmas? Click here for a full calendar of this month´s live music events, please click here.
And as always, don´t forget to get lost out there!