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  • 1. Café Central

    Barrio de las Letras | Music Clubs

    Madrid's best-known jazz venue is chic, and the musicians are often internationally known. Performances are usually 9–11 nightly, and tickets...Read More

  • 2. Cha Chá the Club

    Sol | Dance Clubs

    For trendy twentysomethings, there's no buzzier place to be on Friday nights than this converted multifloor movie theater that erupts into epic...Read More

  • 3. Corral de la Morería

    Palacio | Music Clubs

    A Michelin-starred dinner followed by a world-class flamenco performance in the same building sounds too good to be true, but at Corral de la...Read More

  • 4. Pavoneo

    Chueca | Bars/Pubs

    Tourists have yet to discover Chueca's buzziest new gay bar, which caters to well-dressed creatives, selfie-snapping influencers, and models...Read More

  • 5. Salmon Guru

    Barrio de las Letras | Bars/Pubs

    Regularly featured on best-of lists, Salmon Guru is Madrid's—and perhaps Spain's—most innovative coctelería . Come here to impress your boss...Read More

  • 6. Toma Café

    Malasaña | Cafes–Nightlife

    The originator of Madrid's third-wave coffee revolution, Toma is a Malasaña institution and a favorite among expats and coffee-geek locals....Read More

  • 7. Azúcar

    Barrio de las Letras | Dance Clubs

    Salsa has become a fixture of Madrid nightlife. Even if you don't have the guts to twirl and shake with the pros on the dance floor, you'll...Read More

  • 8. Bar Cock

    Chueca | Bars/Pubs

    Resembling a gentlemen's club, this classic—if unfortunately named—bar (est. 1921) with dark-wood interiors and cathedral-like ceilings serves...Read More

  • 9. Café Belén

    Chueca | Cafes–Nightlife

    The handful of tables here are rarely empty on weekends, thanks to the candlelit, cozy atmosphere. Expect a young, mixed crowd. Weeknights are...Read More

  • 10. Café la Palma

    Malasaña | Music Clubs

    There are four different spaces in this divey local favorite: a bar in front, a music venue for intimate concerts (pop, rock, electronic, hip...Read More

  • 11. Chocolatería San Ginés

    Sol | Cafes–Nightlife

    San Ginés is to Madrid what Café du Monde is to New Orleans. A national sensation, for generations this 19th-century café has been frying spirals...Read More

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  • 12. Cocó Madrid

    Sol | Dance Clubs

    This club, with its wild color palette, huge dance floor, and better-than-average cocktails, is best known for its Mondo Disko nights (Thursday...Read More

  • 13. Costello

    Sol | Music Clubs

    A multiuse space that combines a café and a lounge, this place caters to a relaxed, conversational crowd; the bottom floor is suited to partygoers...Read More

  • 14. Del Diego

    Chueca | Bars/Pubs

    Arguably Madrid's most renowned cocktail bar, this family-owned landmark is frequented by a varied, and sometimes celebrity, clientele. Indulge...Read More

  • 15. Delic

    La Latina | Cafes–Nightlife

    This warm, inviting café is an all-hours hangout for Madrid's trendy crowd. Homesick travelers will find comfort in Delic's carrot cake, brownies...Read More

  • 16. Domo Lounge and Terrace

    Chamartín | Bars/Pubs

    The NH hotel chain is building a top-notch food-and-drink stronghold north of the city around its Eurobuilding property. Besides DiverXO and...Read More

  • 17. El Amante

    Palacio | Music Clubs

    Blocks from Plaza Mayor, this might be the closest thing you'll find in Madrid to a posh private New York club. Its creative and lush spaces...Read More

  • 18. El Sol

    Sol | Dance Clubs

    Madrid's oldest discoteca continues to win over its patrons with all-night dancing to live music (around midnight Thursday–Saturday) and DJ sets. ...Read More

  • 19. El Viajero

    La Latina | Bars/Pubs

    You can find fine modern raciones here (the ultracreamy burrata stands out), but this place is better known among madrileños for its middle...Read More

  • 20. Fulanita de Tal

    Chueca | Bars/Pubs

    A casual, dressed-down vibe defines this come-one-come-all bar with a mostly lesbian crowd that blasts top 40 tracks until the wee hours. The...Read More

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