Party Earth Review Iron-grated windows and a pair of simple round signs dress La Bardemcilla’s otherwise non-descript façade, giving little indication that the venue is the creation of one of Spain’s most famous thespians. Despite being owned by the renowned Bardem family – Oscar winner Javier, siblings Monica and Carlo, and their mother ... read full review of La Bardemcilla
Party Earth Review Halfway between the heart of Chueca and the historic Calle Alcalá is Libertad 8 Café, a surprising little haven for artists tucked away on the narrow street that gives the place its name. A typical Spanish bar with its cracked wood furnishings occupies the front of the café, where a few relaxed regulars can usually be found ... more
Party Earth Review Tapas bars are a dime a dozen in Madrid, but La Chilostra offers a truly authentic atmosphere where patrons can find an amiable mix of bohemian and no-frills locals from the Lavapiés and Tirso neighborhoods who spill out into the street with drinks and tapas in hand. The peculiar yet homey décor consists mainly of a rustic ... more
Party Earth Review One of the most well-known and popular clubs in Madrid, Kapital is a prime example of the city’s larger-than-life social scene and is just as much a tourist destination as the nearby Prado Museum. The seven floors of musical madness offer something for just about everyone, so patrons should take the time to explore them ... 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 ... read full review of Bar Campus
Party Earth Review Villa Rosa, an elegant yet hopping flamenco club on a corner of Plaza de Santa Ana, offers a break from the modern, ultra-flashy nightclubs of Madrid. A massive chocolate- and vanilla-hued mural of a bygone era graces the façade of the building and hints at the nostalgic interior to come as patrons step into a warmly lit ... more
Party Earth Review At the far end of Calle de La Palma, just where the clamor of Malasaña appears to fade away into residential tranquility, the nightlife suddenly picks up again with a series of energetic bars – the crown jewel of which is Café La Palma. On weeknights, the shiny gold trim, elaborately decorated benches, modern art pieces ... more
Party Earth Review Located on a quaint, quiet street just outside the stone arches of Plaza Mayor, Cafeeke (Small Café) is a cozy and cheerful Belgian-owned bar that attracts an easygoing group of international and local customers in need of Belgium's finest hops. Inside this narrow little venue, patrons either huddle at the bar to chat or ... 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.