Madrid Nightlife

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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Salsa has become a fixture in Madrid; check out the most spectacular moves here. Check the website for occasional promotions. ...

Cocó Madrid

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

El Sol

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Madrid's oldest dance club continues to win over its patrons with all-night dancing to live music (around midnight Thursday–Saturday)...

Joy Eslava

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A downtown club in a converted theater, this is a long-established standby that attracts a varied, somewhat bourgeois crowd of locals...

New Garamond

  • Dance Clubs

At this hopping venue, popular among Latino locals, you'll find plenty of space to dance (under the gaze of go-go girls), and also quieter...

Ocho y Medio

  • Dance Clubs

If you like booze-fueled pop and techno parties that peak at 3 am, then Ocho y Medio is for you. Arrive before 1 am to avoid slow, snaking...

Teatro Barceló

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A landmark discoteca that until 2013 was called Pachá, Teatro Barceló has been bumping for more than three decades. Dress shoes or...


  • Dance Clubs

Magical and chameleonlike thanks to the use of LED lighting and the undulating shapes of the columns and walls, this is the place to...

69 Pétalos

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Five minutes from Plaza de Castilla, this is a popular club among people in their thirties; there's an eclectic music vibe—pop, hip-hop,...


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A few blocks from the Palacio Real, this is one of the sleekest clubs in the city, with a huge LED screen on the ceiling, professional...


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