Madrid nightlife: interesting and cultural by day and warm and tireless at night, the Spanish capital is renowned for its lively nightlife and its wide range of nightclubs where you can dance and go wild until the morning. Here are our tips on where to go out in the evening in Madrid and the best night clubs.
Madrid is a city that attracts for its beauty, for its atmosphere but above all for its famous nightlife ! In the Spanish capital, fun is guaranteed: Madrid's nightlife has few rivals and competes head-on with the major European capitals.
The modern and hectic life of the city comes back with the same intensity even at sunset, when the countless bars and nightclubs of Madrid are filled with people ready to party until dawn. Nightlife lovers will find a wide choice of entertainment in Madrid and they will not be bored!
Madrid, in fact, offers an infinite choice of tapas bars, discos and concert halls capable of satisfying every need and every taste.
Madrid's nightlife starts very late and continues well into the morning. The rhythms of the inhabitants of Madrid are all moved forward by a few hours: the afternoon starts around 16.00 and extends well beyond sunset, while the real evening begins around 23.00, when the Spaniards go out and find themselves in the bars a eat tapas and then hit the Madrid nightclubs .
In the Spanish capital, pubs and bars close around 2.30 (3.30 on weekends), while discos open at midnight and close at 6.00-7.00 in the morning. Even if it may seem late, after the club the party continues for many young people from Madrid who do not want to go to sleep: from 6.00 to 9.00 in the morning the "after hours" , clandestine clubs that change location all the time, as they would not be allowed to extend the opening until that time.
Usually the entrance to Madrid 's nightclubs costs 15 euros with a drink included, but usually if you come before midnight you pay less. The smaller clubs, on the other hand, have lower prices around 5 euros.
As for the more traditional and characteristic nightclubs, Madrid is famous for its "tablao" , where you can watch the typical flamenco shows while enjoying some local cuisine. Highly recommended if you want to immerse yourself in Madrid culture and let yourself be carried away by the music of the flamenco guitars and the elegant movements of the dancers.
The nightlife districts of Madrid
Madrid's nightlife is concentrated in various areas and neighborhoods, each characterized by a particular atmosphere that adapts to different tastes. Here are the best areas to go out in Madrid in the evening!
Malasaña is a central district, located near Plaza de Dos de Mayo , which was the cradle of Madrid's nightlife born in the 1980s. The area is characterized by the presence of numerous bars and pubs with live music, rock, punk, metal, indie or electronic music. The place is pervaded by an alternative and bohemian atmosphere, and is frequented by many young people.
But the real center of Madrid's nightlife is located in Calle Huertas (near the Puerta del Sol ), the busiest area where most of the clubs and bars open until morning are located. This is the favorite area for young people and tourists looking for fun. Next to the discos there are also numerous trendy lounge bars, wine bars, cafes and restaurants where you can dine before diving into the dance.
The Argüelles and Moncloa area is a university area frequented mainly by students where there are many bars and pubs, for a very young nightlife .
The La Latina , located near Plaza Mayor , is instead a quiet area where there are mainly tapas bars, restaurants and pubs, ideal for dining or drinking a cocktail in a relaxed environment before heading to the more lively neighborhoods. In the nearby Calle Cava Baja you can find many restaurants with traditional Castilian cuisine, including Casa Lucio (Calle Cava Baja 35, Madrid) and the Botin (Calle Cuchilleros 17, Madrid) , a historic Madrid restaurant opened since 1725.
Located near the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, Torre Europa is considered the most chic district of Madrid and is characterized by the presence of numerous expensive and elegant bars and clubs, frequented by trendy people.
Chueca , on the other hand, is also called the "Soho" of Madrid: a young district characterized by the presence of numerous gay friendly bars and clubs. This quiet area is ideal to go for a drink in the early evening and relax sitting at one of the many outdoor tables.
The other areas where you could go out in the evening are Paseo de la Castellana , where you will find some elegant restaurants and clubs, and Alonso Martinez , near Plaza de Santa Bàrbara , an area full of restaurants and tapas bars.
Clubs and discos in Madrid
(Calle de Atocha 125, Madrid) Open Thursday to Saturday from 24.00 to 5.30.
Located a short distance from the Prado Museum and Atocha station, the Teatro Kapital is the most famous nightclub in Madrid . Located inside an old theater, this imposing and huge club has seven floors, each of which has its own environment and musical genre: on the ground floor there is the main dancefloor and bars, on the first floor there is karaoke, on the second R'n'b and Hip Hop music, on the third floor there is a cozy cocktail bar and even more there are a Spanish disco, a cinema and even an open-air terrace, complete with billiards . What were once the theater galleries are now converted into elegant VIP lounges with panoramic views of the main dance floor.
The Kapital is certainly the busiest nightclub in Madrid , preferred by both tourists and young people from Madrid.
(Calle del Arenal 11, Madrid) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 24.00 to 5.30, Friday and Saturday from 24.00 to 6.00.
Inaugurated in 1981 near the Puerta del Sol and originally born as a theater, Joy Eslava is one of the longest clubs in Madrid and is a symbol of the nightlife of the Spanish capital. In addition to the regular club nights, dance regattas, live shows and concerts take place here. Inside, the Joy Eslava consists of a large ballroom, surrounded by side balconies adorned with splendid decorations and referring to the style of the nineteenth century.
Every night there is music of different genres, from funk and R'n'B music every Wednesday to international dance music on Saturday night. The club is frequented by a varied and young clientele under 30.
(Calle de Velázquez 6, Madrid) Open Wednesday to Saturday from 24.00 to 5.30.
The Gabana is an elegant and trendy club, often frequented by celebrities, footballers, models and young people aged 30 and over. The music ranges from the latest musical innovations to alternative music. There is selection at the entrance.
(Calle San Dimas 3, Madrid) Siroco an alternative and creative club with live music and concerts, which last until 2 am, and DJ sets thereafter. A crowd consisting mainly of teens and students mingle among the soul, funk and groove beats played by the resident DJs perform. The musical programming ranges from reggae to hip hop and R'n'B, to musical sessions with local and Spanish soul singers. The Siroco offers two very different environments on weekends: a more relaxed one upstairs and another more intense, with electronic dance-oriented sessions downstairs.
Sala Galileo Galilei
(Calle de Galileo 100, Madrid) Open every day from 18.00 to 1.00.
Galileo Galilei the world of music and entertainment.
(Calle Barceló 11, Madrid) Open Thursday to Sunday from 24.00 to 6.00.
Housed in an elegant 1930s building, the Teatro Barcelò (once known as Pacha Madrid ) is another landmark of Madrid's nightlife . Spread over two entire floors, the Barceló is an exclusive club where elegant dressing is recommended to enter. Always overcrowded until six in the morning with music ranging from hits dance to electronic music, to hip hop and fusion, as well as rock, pop and indie concerts. Don't miss the university parties on Thursday evenings.
(Calle Alburquerque 14, Madrid) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 20.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 20.00 to 6.00.
Sala Clamores is a nice club filled with a jazz and bohemian atmosphere.
(Calle Jacometrezo 6, Madrid) Open Friday and Saturday from 24.00 to 6.00.
Velvet is a great club in Madrid frequented above all by the very young . Great music and lighting effects, as well as the possibility of reserving a table near the dance floor to let off steam until the morning.
(Calle Aduana 21, Madrid) Open Tuesday to Saturday from 20.00 to 4.00.
Moondance the best known clubs in Madrid . With an elegant and refined atmosphere, this club mainly offers commercial music and organizes some of the most exclusive parties in the city.
(Calle de José Abascal 56, Madrid) Open Sunday to Friday from 21.00 to 5.30, Saturdays from 17.30 to 5.30.
For a night out at the top, head to Opium , Madrid's most exclusive and trendy nightclub. Frequented by celebrities and footballers, this club is characterized by an elegant and selected environment and consists of two rooms with different music, always populated by beautiful girls. The proposed music ranges from House to commercial music. In addition to the disco area, the Opium also has a good restaurant, always very popular. Admission is usually free for girls, while boys pay from 10 euros upwards depending on the evening, with a drink included. Without doubt one of the best clubs in Madrid .
Fortuny Restaurant & Club
(Calle de Fortuny 34, Madrid) Open Tuesday from 13.30 to 4.00, from Wednesday to Saturday from 13.30 to 5.00, Sunday from 13.30 to 24.00.
The Fortuny is a club in Madrid spread over two floors and with commercial music, frequented by a clientele aged 30 and over.
(Calle Barceló 11, Madrid) Open Sunday and Wednesday from 19.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 24.00 to 6.00.
Located a short distance from the Barcelò Theater , Sala But is a club for indie music concerts, very popular with young people from Madrid for its very informal atmosphere. The club alternates concerts, evenings with House music and other more relaxed ones.
(Av. De la Industria 82, Madrid) Located in the town of Fuenlabrada 30km away from the center of Madrid, Fabri k is a mega club and temple of techno music with a capacity of over 7000 people. This nightclub consists of two large dance halls and a large terrace.
Focused on techno and minimal music, the Fabrik hosts the best world djs, such as Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, Laurent Garnier and many others. The impressive sound system and the vastness of its huge rooms do the rest, making the Fabrik resemble the mega clubs of Ibiza. Admission costs around 20 euros, but can vary depending on the event. Often before the evening, many young people improvise a “bottellon” in the parking lot of the club, with the music blaring from the car stereos.
Goya Social Club
(Calle de Goya 43, Madrid) Open Thursday to Sunday from 24.00 to 6.00.
Featuring an excellent sound system, the Goya Social Club is a Madrid club dedicated to House music and its Deep and Tech nuances. The place is frequented by young people over 23, mainly House music fans. The Goya frequently hosts many djs of international caliber, including Maceo Plex, Alex Metric, Oliver Heldens, and Gonçalo. Their excellent cocktails should also be emphasized.
(Estación de Chamartín, Madrid) Open Friday from 11.30pm to 6.00am.
The Nox Club is a reference point for techno music fans in Madrid. Every week the club hosts the best electronic music DJs in the Spanish capital.
(Paseo Bajo de la Virgen del Puerto, Madrid) Open for over 50 years, the Riviera is one of Madrid's historic nightclubs , which over the years has hosted some of the most important concerts in the city. Even today this club remains one of the reference points for the Madrid nightlife and usually hosts live concerts and clubbing sessions during the same evening. Its programming is incredibly varied and ranges from electronic music to Spanish rock and pop music concerts. The admission price varies from 15 to 25 euros depending on the event.
Gotham The Club
(Calle de Hartzenbusch 12, Madrid) Located in Moncloa , the university area of Madrid, Gotham is a recently renovated nightclub with a musical program focused on House and electronic music, but also reggaeton and r'n'b depending on of the evening. This nightclub is mostly frequented by university students, given its location, and the style inside is vaguely reminiscent of New York clubs. Girls get in for free before 1.30am, while boys pay 10 euros with a drink included.
(Calle Ventura Rodríguez 7, Madrid) Open Friday to Sunday from 24.00 to 6.00.
Pirandello the most nonconformist clubs in Madrid. With a gay friendly atmosphere, this club offers transgressive evenings and lots of techno, dance and house music. On some evenings you can enter for free if you show up at the entrance without pants!
(Calle de Alcalá 20, Madrid) Open Thursdays and Saturdays from 24.00 to 6.00.
Mondo Disko is an underground club with techno and House music. Its excellent programming with internationally renowned DJs always attracts a lot of people who flock to the club especially on Saturday nights. The place is mostly frequented by electronic music fans who come here to dance until late in the morning.
La Posada de las Ánimas
(Calle de Lagasca 31, Madrid) Open every day from 11.30pm to 5.00am.
La Posada is an elegant club frequented by beautiful people, including many famous people. This club has a reputation for being a good place to pick up some pretty girls.
New Garamond Club
(Calle de Rosario Pino 14, Madrid) Open Wednesday to Sunday from 24.00 to 6.00.
Frequented by an international and trendy public, the New Garamond , with its 1,800 square meters of space, is one of the largest and most popular nightclubs in the Spanish capital. Inside there are two VIP areas with sofas and a chill-out area upstairs overlooking the dance floor below. The music ranges from commercial music to Latin American music and rumba.
(Av. Del General Perón 29, Madrid) Open every day from 21.00 to 6.00.
Located a short distance from the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, the Banloo is both a restaurant and a nightclub that offers some of the liveliest parties in the city. The club is frequented by elegant and trendy people.
(Calle de Campoamor 11, Madrid) Open Thursday to Saturday from 22.00 to 6.00.
Run by the same owners as the now defunct RRR bar, ThunderCat is a very popular club with rock and pop music. Local bands play the covers of international artists such as the Beatles, and every Thursday there are Jam Sessions dedicated to pop-rock sounds. There are also live concerts and DJ sessions on the weekends. Always very well attended.
(Calle del Barco 34, Madrid) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 22.00 to 5.15, Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 6.00.
The fact that this is one of Madrid's best known nightclubs means that you will often find queues on the weekends. But the wait is worth it. The great acoustics, the variety of styles, two environments and great music make the BarCo one of the best clubs in Malasaña. There are frequent concerts and DJ sets every Friday and Saturday are always popular.
(Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 26, Madrid) Open Sunday to Tuesday from 20.00 to 3.00, Wednesday and Thursday from 21.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday from 21.00 to 3.30.
Located in the Malasana , Tupperware is a cultural pop-themed alternative rock bar that is hugely popular with Madrid's young 20-somethings. The music focuses on rock and pop rhythms, but sometimes there is also jazz, soul and House music. You will understand that you are in the right place when you reach the colorful facade of the Tupperware and inside you will be greeted by the bright decorations, old TVs hollowed out with various plastic figures inside them, faux fur and Star Wars images.
Ocho y Medio
(Calle Barceló 11, Madrid) Open Tuesday to Sunday from 20.00 to 5.45.
Ocho y Medio is an alternative club with a hipster style. It consists of a large dance floor located in the basement and a room with sofas on the upper floor. This place is very popular with Madrid clubbers.
(Av. De Alberto de Alcocer 32, Madrid) Open Thursday to Sunday from 24.00 to 6.00.
Elegant and trendy club, frequented by many beautiful Spanish girls. Great place to hunt.
El Plaza Jazz Club
(Calle de Martín de los Heros 3, Madrid) Open Wednesday to Sunday from 20.00 to 2.30.
Relaxing and intimate jazz club offering blues and jazz concerts throughout the week. The drinks have cheap prices, starting from 4 euros.
Sala El Sol
(Calle Jardines 3, Madrid) Active since 1979, Sala Sol is a medium-sized nightclub where you can dance and there are also live performances and concerts. A mix of rock, rhythm and blues, punk, soul and hip hop. After the concerts, on weekends, you can dance until dawn to the rhythm of dance and rock music, to pop classics and the most current songs. The average age of the customers ranges from 20 to 30 years.
Bars and pubs in Madrid
Café de Chinitas
(Calle Torija 7, Madrid) Open Monday and Tuesday from 19.00 to 24.00, from Wednesday to Saturday from 19.00 to 0.30.
The Café de Chinitas is a typical tablao restaurant that organizes flamenco shows.
(Plaza de la Cebada 11, Madrid) Open Wednesday to Saturday from 11.30 to 2.30, Sunday from 11.30 to 1.00.
Located near Playa Mayor , El Viajero is a cozy cocktail bar characterized by the presence of a beautiful terrace overlooking the rooftops of Madrid. In addition to its enviable view, the place is also very popular with young people from Madrid for its excellent drinks and live music. A pleasant place to spend your time with friends enjoying a good cocktail.
Las Cuevas de Sesamo
(Calle del Príncipe 7, Madrid) Open Sunday to Thursday from 6.30pm to 2.00am, Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm to 2.30am.
Located at the Puerta del Sol , Las Cuevas de Sesamo is a place with a charming atmosphere and bohemian style. The interior consists of a large hall with walls decorated with phrases and quotes in Spanish, while an old piano plays its harmonious music throughout the room. The place is renowned for its excellent sangria , according to many the best in Madrid.
Fulanita de Tal
(Calle de Regueros 9, Madrid) Open Wednesday and Thursday from 19.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 3.30.
Located in the Chueca , the Fulanita de Tal is a disco bar, which, despite its small size, is always full of people who want to have fun, drink and dance. Fulanita also occasionally organizes karaoke nights, live music and cabaret shows, as well as showing live football matches.
(Calle Reina 16, Madrid) Open Sunday to Thursday from 19.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 3.30.
Regarded as one of the best cocktail bars in Madrid , the Cock Bar attracts a trendy crowd every day and offers a relaxed atmosphere with pleasant background music.
El Almendro 13
(C / Almendro 13, Madrid) Open Monday to Thursday from 13.00 to 16.00 and from 19.30 to 0.30, Friday from 13.00 to 16.00 and from 19.30 to 1.00, Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 to 17.00 and from 20.00 to 1.00.
Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, El Almendro 13 is a bar that offers delicious tapas and an extraordinary homemade sherry, a must try. Also perfect for lunch or dinner.