Madrid, Spain’s capital and the 2000 years old city, is also the third-largest city in the European Union. The cultural capital of Spain, Madrid is very impressive with its parks, palaces, universities, museums, and nightlife. It is one of the liveliest cities in the world, giving it the name ‘Madrid Never Sleeps’. Madrid nightlife is throbbing and exciting, making it one of Europe’s best cities for nighttime activities.
Huertas, Malasaña, Moncloa and Argüelles, Salamanca, and La Latina are some of the top districts in Madrid for nighttime activities. You will find everything from discos, pubs, bars, restaurants, and flamenco. Try churros with chocolate before the night is over, a typical way the locals will end a night of party. Teatro Kapital, Palacio de Gaviria, Joy Eslava, Sala El Sol, and Fabrik are some of the most popular places.
It’s not just about partying. Nightlife in Madrid offers much more. There is a lot more to do in the city. You can walk along the Gran Via, visit Teatro de la Zarzuela – an opera that is often compared to Vienna, see a concert at the National Auditorium, have your dinner at the terrace of Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. And of course, you don’t want to miss a flamenco show while in the city.
Enjoying Flamenco in Madrid Nightlife
Flamenco is a professional dance form having its roots in the folklore of Spain. People generally associate it with Andalusia, Extremadura and Murcia. There is singing, clapping, dancing, playing the guitar, and finger-snapping.
It has become a traditional affair. Madrid is famous for this dance form. Places like Las Tablas Nuevo Espacio Escenico, Plaza De Espana and the Royal Palace is the seat of Flamenco. You can also see this traditional show at Corral de la Moreria and Cardamommo. Tickets are inclusive of sangria and a diner for two.
Theatre-Style Playhouses and Concerts
Watch at Gran Via. You will see some of the best musicals, concerts and modern plays here. There are also many bars and cafes lining the area. You can also head to Teatro de la Zarzuela for some late evening shows.
Street Food in Madrid
During the night, you can visit some of the best tapas bars and eateries serving paella and jamons at the San Miguel Market. You can also go to Cava Baja Street, which is just a few steps away from this famous market. Head to Chocolateria San Gines for churros with chocolate sauce. Click this link to read our Barcelona street food guide.
Evening Private Tour Of Reina Sofia Museum
Visit the museum, a must-see in Madrid. Salvator Dali and Pablo Picasso’s famous masterpieces occupy pride of place here. See the many displays of modern and contemporary art.
Go to the National Auditorium of Madrid for concerts. There are many venues here, holding various concerts and choirs.
Walking Tour of Alcala Street
Take a walking tour along Alcala Street at night. With many buildings from the 19th century, it looks even better at night. Visit the Alcala City gate or the City Hall with the Cibeles Fountain as the backdrop.
Madrid Nightlife – Bars, Pubs, and Night Clubs
|Del Diego Bar||The Del Diego Bar has been serving with pride since 1990. Enjoy cognac Alexander, Black Russian and Tom Collins.|
|Club Gabbana||Best for Spanish music. This 1800 club has nice décor with chic interiors. Rub shoulders with the royal family and TV celebs.|
|El Cock Bar||Try the Mochito, Dry Martini, and Manhattan at Calle Reina, Madrid.|
|Discoteca Velvet Madrid||This is one of Madrid’s top discotheques. Moderate prices. All-night parties.|
|Palacio Gaviria||Palacio Gaviria is designed on Italian renaissance architecture, is for catwalks, dance shows, and henna tattoos.|
The spas in Madrid stay open till late. Pamper your body and mind at Hammam Al Andalus.
Top 4 Party Zones in Madrid
1. Huertas – The most sensational party district in Madrid. You will love Santa Ana, a short distance from Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Open-air breweries and pubs. The German Brewery is located here. You can enjoy old-style beer served in steins. Café La Suiza is another famous café. Sip natural beers at Naturbier Beers.
2. Malasana – There are many nightclubs in bohemian culture. Take your pick from rock, techno or pop.
3. The Salamanca Neighborhood – Home to high-profile nightclubs. Be ready to shed out some serious money at the restaurants, pubs, and bars situated in this part of the town.
4. La Latina – Restaurants, pubs and bars at the center of Madrid, near Plaza Mayor.
Madrid Nightlife – The Most Popular Nightclubs
Here are some of the most popular nightclubs in Madrid.
- Kapital – Located on Atocha Street.
- Joy Eslava – At Arenal Street.
- The Riviera – One of the oldest discos in Madrid.
- Bangaloo – The best house music and also an eatery.
Read nightlife guides for other cities here.