Nightlife in Madrid! Bars, Lounges & Clubs

Nightlife in Madrid! Bars, Lounges & Clubs

Contributed By: Angie Grossman Updated By: Anna Whetzle March 30, 2017

Nightlife in Madrid

So you Want to Pull an All-Nighter in Madrid? 

Let’s get the party started! The nightlife in Madrid doesn’t stop, it’s a city so packed with bars and places to party you will find it impossible not to indulge. Every Barrio (neighborhood) is filled with bars, pubs and clubs, it’s a non-stop party city. There is a party every night of the week, from laid back bars that close at 2:00AM to raging discos open until 8:00AM followed by secret after parties that can continue well into the next day and you can’t imagine that Sunday is the best day for day-drinking in La Latina (Calle Cava Baja). The streets are constantly flowing with people enjoying the sunshine or moonlight with a beer in hand. 

It truly depends on the kind of night you want to experience. Madrid is not the kind of city where you come out for the famous “I’ll just have one drink” not a chance! The beer flows like water and is much cheaper, so the odds of you drinking many are very, pretty high.

Bars: Open usually from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Bicicleta, Plaza de San Ildefonso, 9

  • A laid back hipster bar with cheap beers and a fun atmosphere, filled with bicycles! 

La Gorilla, Calle de la Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 47

  • A funky, casual, dark bar with bearded bartenders and crunchy bowls of salty snacks that wash down perfectly with a cold caña. 

Areia Colonial Chillout, Calle Hortaleza, 92 

  • A moroccan style bar with pillows on the floor, hookah and even sandy areas to sink your toes into, not a bad combination with an ice cold cocktail in hand. 

El Chupito Sabor, Calle de Campoamor, 9

  • A famous university hangout shots bar with all the combinations you can imagine and more. Super cheap and fun atmosphere for a pre-party bar. 

La Boca de Lobo, Calle de Argumosa, 11

  • Cheap beer, chill atmosphere and live music in a variety of genres. Located on a busy street flowing with people and small bars which makes it a great area for a pub crawl kinda night.

L’Entrecote Cafe de Paris, Calle Conde de Aranda, 11

  • Cocktail bar that opens into a dance floor and gets packed with people around closing time. 

Casa Pueblo, Calle León, 3

  • Tradition Spanish style bar, cold, cheap beer, fun bartenders, sticky/salty snacks and a piano that occasionally gets jammed on. 

Ojalá, Calle de San Andrés, 1 

  •  The downstairs has a beach, with sand, we don’t need to say more, but the cocktails are yummy and there are great beer options. The terrace is a great option for a caña during the day!

Macera, Calle de San Mateo, 21

  • A more upscale bar that specilizes in artisanal drinks where they make their own alcohol. Want to know a secret? Get there a little early and bring your brightest shade of lipstick, now walk all the way to the back and check out the wall covered in kisses! If you feel like it, give it a little smooch J The bartenders here are really nice and theres great music. Check out their website here!

Ocean Rock Bar,  Calle de San Vicente Ferrer, 27

  • Pretty good prices with rock music and friendly bartenders, in other words, a great place to go before going out dancing 🙂

If you’re lucky enough to steal a spot on a terrace, hold it down until they close around 12:00AM and migrate with the crowds to the bars that close around 2:00AM.

Most bars do last call for drinks around 2:00am, some are 3:30 depending where you’ve wound up but usually closing is a slow process so you won’t feel too rushed. 

Here is a list of bars that turn into discos and usually stay open until at least 3:30/4:00 (if not later) in the morning: 

Bar —> Discos: Open usually from 9:00 p.m.until 3:30/4:00 a.m.

Cafe Berlin, Calle de Jacometrezo, 4

  • Funky/jazz bar with live music, small dance floor but always packed with fun and funky people. 

El Junco, Plaza de Santa Bárbara, 10

  • Funky/jazz bar with live music, sometimes even open mic which is entertaining and fun to get your boogie on to. Cheap drinks and centrally located. 

Space Monkey Club, Calle de Campoamor, 3

  • Pop/dance music, filled with people pouring out the door (the line goes around the block sometimes) and different rooms blasting various kinds of music. Cheap drinks, usually a cover including a copa (cocktail) on the weekends but well worth the price to enter. 

El Perro de la Parte de Atrás del Coche, Calle de La Puebla, 15

  • Similar to Space Monkey, variety of music and plenty of room to dance! Located in Malasaña and always packed with people, usually a cover including a copa on the weekends. 

Tupperware, Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 26

  • Super small bar, playing loud rock music and serving cheap, cold drinks without a cover and a fun place to end the night if you want to dance without spending your hard earned euros. 

Corazon, Calle de Valverde, 44

  • An Irish pub without an Irish person in sight, but packed with Spanish people screaming top 40s hits and pouring ridiculously large copas. There is no cover to enter but usually a big line so get there at a decent hour to guarantee your spot around the old wooden bar. 

Barco, Calle del Barco, 34

  • “Donde vives la musica” is their motto and they truly have a HUGE range of concerts and music playing all the time, they are always keeping it fresh and funky. Usually start with live music that includes; funk, rock, pop, jazz, reggae, blues and always turns into a giant mix of music to dance to until late late into the night. (Usually open a bit later until 5:30/6:00 a.m.)

La Vía Lactea,  Calle Velarde, 18

  • La Vía Lactea is a famous, enormous, rock &roll bar in Malasaña has three different bars, a dance floor, booths, and pool tables. When its starts to get crowded you might have to pay an entrance fee, but it usually includes a drink or two beers.

Freeway, Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 17

  • Freeway is known for its rock music and underground vibes – this bar has a downstairs for dancing and an upstairs for a more bar feel. The interior is covered in vintage signs and the outside has been totally graffiti-ed during a graffiti event in Malasaña. Dobles are 5 euros

If you want less of a bar scene and more of a strictly loud disco scene Madrid offers that too, in various music genres. There are discos packed with young university students shaking to electro music in 7 floor discos, local rock-n-roll discos filled with hipsters head bobbing away, or maybe you want to learn some salsa/merengue dancing…the options are endless and most places are close to the center, either a quick stroll or a cheap taxi ride away. The city literally offers you any type of party you want, sometimes too many options! 

Discos: Open from 10:00p.m. – 8:00 a.m. (check websites to confirm)

Studio 54, Calle Barbieri, 7

  • “Only 75% gay” according to the owner and filled with a range of characters, fantastic music and a giant disco ball surrounded by a smoke machine, it’s quite the experience, not to be missed! Free to enter and tasty ice-cold copas.

Teatro Kapital, Calle de Atocha, 125

  • “La discotecca mas importante en Madrid” and cannot be missed! It’s a raging club, overflowing with 7 floors of madness including a live DJ (on the main floor) surrounded by half-naked dancers, a R&B floor, a Reggae floor, a Salsa floor, Karaoke and a retractable rooftop terrace to chill out on and catch you breath after dancing in the madness. There is always a cover to enter but depending on the time you can pass for cheaper and always includes at least one copa. Find a club promoter on the street to help you cut the line and enter before 1:30a.m. to get the best deal at the door. PS Dress to impressive, they do have a dress code. 

Ocho y Medio, Calle Barceló 11

  • THE Indie club in Madrid, always spinning indie tracks mixed with a funky beat to dance too. The club is two floors and overflowing with people, there is a dress code (less then Kapital) and also a cover to enter but well worth it once inside! 

Teatro Barcelo, Calle Barcelo 11 (in the same building as Ocho y Medio) 

  • The latest and greatest club that was the original Pacha in Madrid is now under new management as Teatro Barcelo and filled with dance music and eager party goers. There is a cover and dress code but the place is packed with people and always a fun time. 

Fortuny, Calle de Fortuny, 34

  • Fancy looking old house that is actually a restaurant that transforms into a disco at night with a dance floor and large garden terrace. If you can snag a spot on the list you can skip the line and dance your way right to the bar. It’s a little older classy crowd but well worth the taxi ride to Salamanca. 

El Son, Calle Victoria, 6

  • Latin dance club located right in Sol near all the city center craziness. The place is always playing the newest Latin music and even has a live band including salsa instructor to point your feet in the right dancing direction. There is usually a cover (only 7/8 euros) to enter and cheap drinks to keep you dancing all night. 

New Garamond, Calle de Rosario Pino, 14

  • This spicy Latin club is open and electric every Wednesday-Sunday night until 6:00 a.m. with a cover to enter including a drink. Luckily there are salsa instructors floating around the club to help you get into the salsa dancing mood. This place is one of the most exciting experiences in Madrid and should not be missed! 

Boom Room, Calle de Padre Damián, 23, Madrid

  • Boom Room is located in Salamanca, so it’s a little more pricey- with a 15 euro entrance fee, but it has fun music with a great downstairs dance floor if you are feeling like a very Spanish night on the town!

Bogui Jazz, Calle del Barquillo, 29

  • Fun bar located in the center of Chueca (walking distance from a great 24 hour pizza place). The music ranges from 90s music to hiphop and r&b depending on the night, and they have a downstairs that they open up during the summer so that you have more space to bogui!

As the sun finally starts to peak it’s head up, you could be in a number of places but there’s one place I guarantee you won’t be…cozy in your bed, that’s not a Madrileno style, save that for the famous ‘siesta’ time. When the days are so hot why not enjoy the nightlife in Madrid like the locals? I think you know the answer to that. 

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