Madrid Nightlife: let the fun begin!
Known as one of the best party cities in Europe, Madrid always has whatever you're in the mood for! A relaxing night at the bar with friends, alternative dance spots, and raging clubs are all right around the corner in the heart of the city. If you stroll around in the evening, you'll find each area has its own special atmosphere and characteristics: if you like alternative music try Malasaña or Lavapiés, Sol offers a mix of everything and is a great spot to meet people from all over the world, and the area around Moncloa is especially favoured by local Spanish students. Check out our guide to going out here:
Alonso Martínez: In the areas around the Plaza de Santa Bárbara, the Glorieta de Bilbao and Alonso Martínez, there are many tapas bars, pubs and restaurants.
Argüelles/Moncloa: Mostly bars and pubs here and, as you would expect from a University area, they are mainly frequented by students and a younger crowd.
Paseo de la Castellana: The slightly more up-scale area around the Paseo de Castellana, Paseo de Recoletos and the Paseo del Prado is made up of high quality restaurants, "terrazas" during the summer months and several popular night spots.
Cava Baja: Just a few minutes walk from Plaza Mayor is La Calle Cava Baja. Many traditional “Castillian” restaurants can be found here and in the surrounding streets such as “Casa Lucio” and “Botin” as well as many modern wine bars and several tapas restaurants. The area is very popular on Sunday mornings before lunch.
Calle Huertas: Busiest at night, with many pubs and clubs open until the early hours or the morning, much to the dismay of the local residents. The many cafés, wine bars and restaurants attract people of all ages and cater for all tastes.
Malasaña: This name refers to the streets surrounding the Plaza de Dos de Mayo, home to a myriad of bars, cafés, pubs and restaurants. Many establishments put on live music. In the summer months, the cafés put tables and chairs outside to form terraces, especially in the Plaza, where you can buy artefacts from the Madrileños. Malasaña normally hosts a young crowd and it is perhaps not the best choice for the more "mature" night-dwellers.
Plaza Santa Ana: The Plaza de Santa Ana and its surroundings are filled with many tapas bars, "cervecerías", restaurants and pubs. It is a lively area at night and especially just before lunch on weekends.
Cafe Teatro Arenal: This charming lounge plays jazz, flamenco and bossa nova music. It is located in one of the most popular streets off of Puerta del Sol. Every Tuesday there is a live DJ for an entrance fee of 12€.
El Plaza: If you are looking for a relaxing night out on the town, El Plaza has a very personal and intimate atmosphere with jazz and blues concerts throughout the week. The prices are reasonable starting at 4€ per drink.
1917 Bar & Restaurante: Located in the quaint area of Ópera close to El Teatro Real and the famous Plaza Mayor, this lounge offers an up-scale atmosphere and cocktails.
La Boca del Lobo: This lounge is for everyone, with a club, bar and live music. It is also located in a great area very close to Gran Vía, Chueca, Sol and Huertas.
Sala Sol: It opened in 1979 making it one of the longest standing nightclubs in Madrid. It is a medium sized club that from Sunday to Thursday is transformed into a concert hall for live performances. A great number of Spanish groups were born in this room.
Palacio de Gaviria: Located in a beautiful XIX century manor house. Because of the decoration and interior design, this club has been used for many photo shoots and advertising campaigns. The 13 interconnected rooms combine art, history and culture with different music played by 3 djs.
Gabana: It is aimed at an audience from 30 years old onwards. It is a trendy club and is often frequented by the famous and fashionable people of Madrid. It’s best described as an alternative club with the latest music, but it’s not played at an ear-piercing volume.
Gold Field: This club has established itself as one of the fashionable places in Madrid. They play house and progressive music and there are also live performances. The club has three floors and VIP zones.
Joy Eslava: It opened in 1981 and is not only one of the veterans of Madrid nightlife but also one of the best known. It is particularly famous for its parties. It has one of the most varied clientele and is definitely representative of what to expect from a night out in Madrid.
Kapital: Its is one of the most famous nightclubs in Madrid. It has six floors and three separate dance floors with different music. Centrally located, it is known for its very modern clientele, who go as much for the atmosphere as for the music that is played. The club puts on several themed nights according to the time of year.
Siroco: Possibly the most alternative nightclub in Madrid. It combines sessions with the best national DJs with concerts by new alternative groups. It’s recommendable to check the programme online beforehand. The prices vary for each gig.