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Nightlife, or la marcha, is often drawn out past 6 am in Madrid, and visitors always wonder how locals can get by on (what appears to be) so little shut-eye. Unlike in other European cities, where partying is a pastime geared only toward the young, there are plenty of bars and discotecas with mixed-age crowds, and it's not uncom
Nightlife, or la marcha, is often drawn out past 6 am in Madrid, and visitors always wonder how locals can get by on (what appears to be) so little shut-eye. Unlike in other European cities, where partying is a pastime geared only toward the young, there are plenty of b
Nightlife, or la marcha, is often drawn out past 6 am in Madrid, and visitors always wonder how locals can get by on (wh

Nightlife, or la marcha, is often drawn out past 6 am in Madrid, and visitors always wonder how locals can get by on (what appears to be) so little shut-eye. Unlike in other European cities, where partying is a pastime geared only toward the young, there are plenty of bars and discotecas with mixed-age crowds, and it's not uncommon for children to play on the sidewalks past midnight while multigenerational families and friends convene over coffee or cocktails at an outdoor café. For those in their thirties, forties, and up who don't plan on staying out until sunrise, the best options are the bars along the Cava Alta and Cava Baja, Calle Huertas near Plaza de Santa Ana, and Calle Moratín near Antón Martín. Those who want to stay out till the wee hours have more options: Calle Príncipe and Calle De la Cruz, lined with sardine-can bars lined with locals, and the scruffier streets that snake down toward Plaza de Lavapiés. But the neighborhood most synonymous with la vida nocturna is Malasaña, which has plenty of trendy hangouts along Calle San Vicente Ferrer, Calle La Palma, and all around Plaza de Dos de Mayo. Another major nightlife contender is is Chueca, where tattoo parlors and street-chic boutiques sit between LGBT+ (yet hetero-friendly) bars bars, dance clubs, and after-hours clubs.

In general, cafés in Madrid can be classified into two groups: those that have been around for many years (La Pecera del Círculo, Café de Oriente), where writers, singers, poets, and discussion groups still meet and where conversations are usually more important than the coffee itself, and Nordic-style third-wave venues (Hanso, Toma Café, Hola Coffee, Federal Café) tailored to hip and hurried urbanites that tend to have a wider product selection, modern interiors, and Wi-Fi.

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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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