Party Earth Review An icon of madrileño nightlife since 1979, El Sol was at the epicenter of La Movida – the cultural upheaval that took place at the end of the Franco dictatorship and resulted in an explosion of art, film, and music. Although El Sol (a.k.a. Sala Sol or Sun Room) forgoes the dazzling laser shows and fog machines of Madrid ... read full review of El Sol
Party Earth Review The one thing that makes La Casa de la Cerveza special is its open bar, where a mere €10 will buy all the beer, wine, sangria, and calimocho that one person can drink. Obviously, the open bar attracts throngs of young patrons who stop by to fill up before heading out to the clubs, earning this modest cervecería a special ... more
Party Earth Review A local bar frequented by Madrid’s college students, Chapandaz offers reasonably priced cocktails served in glasses the size of goldfish bowls to barhoppers looking for a drinking experience with a Spanish flair. Although the bar itself is not subterranean, Chapandaz has taken the concept of the basement “cave bars” for ... more
Party Earth Review Converted from an abandoned cabaret, BarCo is a popular late-night spot that embraces its heritage with walls adorned with posters of the scantily clad dancers and singers that once graced the stage. That stage is still in use, but these days it features a variety of live concerts and performances that range from big band ... more
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of the historical neighborhood of La Latina, El Viajero is a three-story bar and restaurant that attracts a predominantly stylish young crowd. The first two floors, each with its own full-service bar, provide ample space for the sea of attractive patrons that mingle to a background of playful conversation ... read full review of El Viajero
Party Earth Review Although there are still a handful of bars and clubs in Madrid that were at the forefront of the counter-culture upheaval of La Movida after the end of the Franco dictatorship, few of them have retained their edge and flair as well as La Vaca Austera. Dark and mellow, the bar draws a clientele of colorful locals that keep ... more
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 Most of the historical center of Madrid was built on a high plateau amid a network of lush green gardens and parks – and situated on a corner in the southern part of that plateau, far away from the city’s constant swarm of tourists, is a little café called El Ventorrillo. Although the small, indoor bar is rather nondescript ... 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.