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Source:  Resident Advisor

The past few years have seen a wave of listening bars opening across Europe.

Taking inspiration from Japan’s culture of audiophile venues, these spots put a unique twist on a long-standing tradition, creating an environment for discovering music that appeals to hi-fi obsessives and casual listeners alike.

Guille De Juan, owner of Barcelona venue Curtis, knows it’s impossible to replicate a Japanese-style, no-talking-allowed listening bar in his home city.  “We are in a Mediterranean city—at some point people want to chat.”  Instead, he’s built a space inspired by Japan’s audiophile venues but adapted to Barcelona’s buzzy atmosphere.

Listening bars have also opened in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Istanbul, and London. (The previous film in this series told the story of London’s influential Brilliant Corners.)

Watch “The Rise of Listening Bars: Barcelona” above and read the story at Resident Advisor.


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