Party Earth Review Slightly off the main drag of Calle de la Palma, Sala Siroco is a popular club/lounge that promises a weekly lineup of top local DJs and up-and-coming indie acts. The all-black exterior belies the colorful explosion inside, which begins with past and future event flyers collaged down the entryway. Most patrons head straight ... read full review of Sala Siroco
Party Earth Review As a neighbor to the Universidad Complutense, Spain’s largest university, Bar Campus (as its name would suggest) attracts primarily a student crowd whose residences and dormitories are within walking/stumbling distance of the bar’s door. Chatty Spaniards and international scholars pack the smoky corners and huge wraparound ... more
Party Earth Review Tucked away on a tranquil corner of the otherwise clamorous neighborhood of Malasaña, Café Ruiz is a charming little spot that offers a more subdued atmosphere than the other bars in the area. An authentic 1920s vibe is helped along by the lovely hardwood fixtures and furnishings, as well as by the bluesy piano sounds and ... more
Party Earth Review The northern coast of Spain is famous for its love of sidra – a greenish-yellow apple cider served in large, wide-brimmed glasses – and La Creación, with its cool old-world feel and ideal location just off Plaza de Santa Ana, is the perfect setting in which to try some. The bar’s black-and-white checkered floor contrasts ... more
Party Earth Review Once patrons make it past the selective door staff at Vanila, a chic and sophisticated night club, they head downstairs to the main room where the DJ spins an energetic playlist of house music and recognizable remixes. The crowded, L-shaped dance floor may not be the largest in Madrid, but what the venue lacks in size it ... read full review of Vanila
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of the sizzling nightlife of Huertas – a legendary strip of clubs and bars on the eastern side of the city center – the critically acclaimed Café Jazz Populart is one of Madrid’s oldest and most popular jazz clubs, which presents a diverse roster of live performances that include reggae, jazz, Afro ... more
Party Earth Review Central Madrid is well known for its cueva bars (cave bars) – subterranean dens with arched ceilings and dim lighting where Spaniards have gathered for centuries to share drinks and noisy conversation. One such bar is Las Cuevas de Sésamo, particularly famous for being one of the best places to savor the traditional fruity ... more
Party Earth Review Renowned for its live music, El Junco is an unassuming, funky little jazz club that attracts a clientele of young and vivacious music lovers who crowd around the stage to dance and cheer. Bathed in soft blue and red light, this comfortably dark basement-level haven provides a vibrant environment for savvy customers who ... more
Whether it’s true or not, Spain claims to have more bars and clubs than the whole European Union combined. And though the math doesn’t quite work out, there are still thousands of pubs, lounges, and bars and clubs in Madrid that cater to its party-happy populace.
After a late dinner, the nightlife scene begins with friends gathered in the bars over traditional cañas (small beers), tinto de verano (Fanta and red wine), and pitchers of sangria.
Once the drinking scene creeps into the wee hour, however, the masses start their nightly pilgrimage to Madrid’s clubs to dance and party until sunrise. Anyone new to Madrid’s bars and clubs should be wary if they get claustrophobic: the sense of personal space in this city is nearly nonexistent, and the densely packed discos are swarming with people where standing still is not an option.