Party Earth Review It has often been said that Madrid, which is located right smack in the middle of the country, would be the perfect city if only it had a beach. Enter Ojalá ("I wish"), a hip bar and restaurant that has provided a partial solution to this fatal flaw by throwing a generous six inches of sand on the basement room floor. While ... read full review of Ojalá
Party Earth Review Situated right in the center of Gran Vía, De Las Letras Hotel and Restaurante is a four-star hotel with a lovely modern lounge where projected lights cast a soft blue glow and ambient music creates a hip environment for the stylish guests. The real treat at Las Letras, however, is El Ático, a rooftop terrace accessible ... more
Party Earth Review Located at the east end of the Plaza del Dos de Mayo in the heart of Malasaña, El 2D (also known as Bar Dos) is arguably the most popular hangout in this bustling, tree-filled square, despite having apparently changed very little since its 70s-era beginnings. This small and rustic one-room bar keeps its large double doors ... more
Party Earth Review Cardamomo is the place to both watch and participate in flamenco dancing every night of the week. Although there’s a large bar up front, the main attraction is in the cavernous space in the back where some of Spain’s finest flamenco musicians and dancers showcase their talents on a small stage bathed in red and blue lights ... more
Party Earth Review Situated on the top floor of an old building is Casa Granada, a former apartment converted into a laid-back bar where a diverse clientele gathers for drinks, tapas, and a pleasant view of Madrid. Once patrons locate the side street and the discreet sign next to the door of this unassuming residential building, they need ... read full review of Casa Granada
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 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
Party Earth Review The area around Puerta del Sol definitely isn’t short on Irish bars, and that fact is probably most evident at Dubliners, which happens to have a twin brother named O’Connell St. – run by the same owner – located right next door. Thanks to its location on a heavily touristed stretch of Calle Espoz y Mina, patrons will find ... 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.