Nightlife in Madrid
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The Nightlife in Madrid
What makes Madrid stand out?
Madrid as most of you would know is the capital of Spain and by far the largest municipality area in the entire country. This beautiful city houses around 6.5 million of population and spreads across 604.3 square km. it stands at third in the whole European Union losing its place to only London and Berlin.
When it comes to Madrid’s nightlife it is intriguing, hot, trendy and indefatigable. The city is well renowned for its vivacious nightlife as it has to offer and the best discos where you can dance till the dawn
Why do people love Madrid so much?
Surely, people would be lured with the city’s charm, atmosphere, but there is something else that you should never miss – its Calabrian famossissima Movida! The City proudly competes with the likes of major European cities for the fun and entertainment it can offer.
It is worth mentioning that the busy city life in the day comes back to the same rigor as the sun sets. It’s all made possible with trendy bars, cool discos and riveting clubs. Especially the fans of Movida will come across a wide variety of amusement choices in Madrid hence they will never be bored.
The city has the choice of tapas bars, nightclubs and concerts which suits the needs or preferences of people with varied taste and wants.
What does Madrid become by night?
Unlike other cities, nightlife in Madrid starts a bit late but the best part is it continues till late morning. Usually the afternoon for the inhabitants starts at around 16:00 which ends late in the evening (beyond dusk). The evening starts at around 23:00. That’s the time when Spaniards will be seen flocking in bars, clubs and discos.
You would find the pubs or bars in the city closing around 2:30 on weekdays while on weekends it extends up to 3:30. The clubs on the other side opens up for the public around 23:00 and you can enjoy your time till 7:00 in the morning. The clubs closing at this time might seem late to most of you, as the young Spaniards continue to party after the club. These people will change their locations to party as they might not be allowed to party this late.
If you are entering the nightclub late, the entry into the nightclubs would cost you around 15 Euros which might include a free drink. In order to save some penny, plan your night a bit earlier than midnight. If you are on a tight budget, you can choose to go for smaller clubs which will generally have entry fees of 5 Euros.
The famous nightclubs of Madrid
As far as the list of nightclubs goes, there are countless spots to enthrall you. The traditional and characteristic nightlife of Madrid is famous for its Tablao. That’s the spot to enjoy your local cuisine with a fascinating flamenco show. The show portrays the true Spanish culture with the dance moves from the local dancers. If you are looking to immerse your evening into the Spanish culture, it is highly recommended for you.
Every district in Madrid has its own taste
The districts in Madrid have to offer different taste and atmosphere to you. The list of districts has been carefully crafted to give you a glimpse of what you can expect when you visit them.
Malasana Neighborhood– Movida Style
The Central district, Malasana, is situated near Plaza de Dos de Mayo (a cradle of Movida Madrilena born in 1980s). It can also be spotted towards the north of Gran Via. You will definitely love this place as it hosts wide range of pubs and bars. You will be captivated with the live music (mostly rock, metal, punk or electronic) in these pubs/bars. This district is frequented by young crowd, so you can plan to enjoy with your group. This district is reachable from the Metro stop located at Tribunal.
Here is the list of three best venues that you can’t miss:
- Tupperware Club – A small neighborhood club
This is the best place to hang out with your friends near the Tribunal metro station. This place is characterized by fascinating wall art. You will also be captivated with the music from 60s and 70s. You will also find the drinks inexpensive here. Downstairs can get really crowded unlike the upstairs which is more relaxed. Here you get a lot of opportunity to mingle with the locals.
- La Via Lactea The Woodstock Bar – A great music bar
This can get to your top list of best bars in the city. It has a flamboyant interior as you would find the walls and ceilings painted with pop music memorabilia. The place will not get crowded till the midnight. One could find people of ages 20 to 35 that too mostly locals could be seen. This place is a must go if you are looking for the best combo of fun/music with reasonable price.
- Club Nasti
It can be really fun on the weekends. As Friday is indie night with the music ranging from the Strokes, the Arctic Monkeys, the Ramones and the Clash. Saturday is the time when the Club Nasti shows its true color, the crowd would love the likes of Depeche Mode or the Rapture. The dancefloor isn’t enough at times and the crowd can get real clumsy.
Calle Huertas – A true center of Madrid’s nightlife
This place, located near the Puerta del Sol, is considered to be the center of the Madrid’s nightlife. Discos and bars in this area opens up till late morning. It is a fun spot for young crowd and travelers. It also houses many trendy lounge bars, wine bars, cool cafes and restaurants (it is recommended that you dine before you dance).
Argüelles and Moncloa – Students paradise
This place is a mostly frequented by teenagers and students. One can get busy with the range of pubs and bars situated in this area.
La Latina – Tapas bars, pubs and restaurants
La Latina is situated by the Plaza Mayor. It is a peaceful place hosting mostly tapas bars, pubs and restaurants. It is considered to be the starting point to get tuned into the nightlife of Madrid as you can have local cuisines with cocktails in a chilled atmosphere before heading to the other crowded neighborhoods. La Latina as a cool place to hang out with your friends is lively throughout the day. It is as its charm during the morning and afternoon when you would find terraces and tapas bars filled with young and fun people.
One can treat La Latina as a starting place before plunging to the stylish night ahead. The most veteran venue in this district is the Berlin Cabaret, you would find the pleasure Monday through Thursday as there are provocative shows being conducted. Also, it is advisable to visit ContraClub for music lovers, you can find live music from charity gigs to styles like hip hop, jazz and even flamenco. For commercial music lovers, Shoko Madrid is the place, it has two floors and could be booked for an event.
If you are looking for an intimate show, head to El Rincon del Arte Nuevo. This place offers gigs by singers and stand-up comedians in a café setup. So, you can order something to fill your stomach and get entertained at the same time.
Not just that, the district is also very popular for Flamenco having a lot of spots dedicated to it. It is needless to say that the best flamenco show is being held up in El Corral de la Morería. Since its inception in 1956, this place has witnessed best flamenco dancers and prestigious audience hailing from Hollywood, Presidents and royal families. One of the other option to dine and enjoy the flamenco show is Sala Clan. After the high dose of flamenco, locals prefer to go to clubs. The best option is to visit Ole Disco, a club which would give you spirit of flamenco with mix of Spanish Pop.
You can also find international taste being in Madrid. Marula is one of those places where you can find international music with an open terrace and a sparkling night. There is something definitely for everyone in Madrid, LGTBI people are welcomed in the city. In fact, there are streets named like Little Chueca for homosexual and other sexualities. Sixta and El Perla are some of the great small venues to transform your evening with music and drinks.
Princesa – Heaven for students
Princesa is often referred to as the heaven for students as there are many colleges and universities located here. So it becomes evident to find the variety of options for young crowd. The place has offering ranging from cool bars, trendy discos and stylish clubs catering to the likes of the youngsters. Rock, heavy, Latin and pop are usually played in these places. One can reach Princessa via metro stops such as Venture, Rodrigner, Guzman el Bueno and Plaza de Espana.
If your plans are to start your night in summers, Hotel Exe Moncha’s top floor can be a good start as you can find Terraza de Poniente with gorgeous views and a chill out space. However, there are other places to dine before enjoying the nightclubs or bars such as Mexican La Malquerida, New York style Casa Mono (its hamburgers are must try) while Gastrobar Rosales and Punto Básico can offer you Mediterranean cuisine. For foodies, El Club Allard is the starting point as it has got two Michelin stars. That’s how the locals start their evening by meeting out their friends for drinks and tapas.
There several places local go out for partying and it is important to note that a few places close by 4 am. Well most of the places open till morning Thursday through Saturday. Electronic music lovers can opt for Pirandello I-II-III. You will find a lot of students in Sala Mitty hosting theme parties. LaSal is one of the most popular club destinations for commercial music fans. For rock, punk and heavy music lovers, there is a place called Bajos de Arguelles. Copérnico offers its audience live-music with DJ sessions. If you go further out, you will find a club known as Colonial Norte which is hit among the young population.
Chueca Nightlife – An open minded district
The nightlife of Madrid has become world famous largely attributed to Chueca area where you can find small bars and nightclubs hosting big parties welcoming everyone. Long ago, LGBTI community filled a new life into the night culture here. This place shows diversity and inclusion for all ages and preferences. Bar Museo Chicote has become a part of the city’s cultural heritage as this bar is truly European and historic. You might find a Hollywood star such as Ernest Hemingway partying here some time or the other. Besides, it hosts Madrid’s top DJs and veterans.
There are several new pubs and bars which have come up in the recent past to add more fun. LL Showbar and Kubrick are two of them offering frenetic shows every now and then. There are places like Truco and Fulanita de Tal having their roots from Lesbian and Gay community
Torra Europa – A fashionable neighborhood
This place is in close proximity to Santiago Bernabeu stadium and is referred to as the chicest district by many. You can easily find an expensive and elegant clubs and bars in this area. The crowd here is mostly fashionable and stylish.
Get the real taste of Spanish culture in Madrid’s nightlife
Madrid is nothing less than being the liveliest city in the world and you say it in Spanish ‘Mucha Marcha’ meaning the city never sleeps. Be it a weekend or a public holiday like Christmas, the streets are filled with vibrant crowd since late morning. Madrid has to offer a lot for each and everyone’s taste, preference, age or even nationality. Besides, there are many bars, cafes and restaurants that allow the entry of kids when accompanied by adults. You can even chose to go on nightlife tours in Madrid having different coaches for all ages where you can enjoy the night with fun, safety and companionship.
So start you discovery and enjoy the nightlife of Madrid to the fullest.