Party Earth Review Finding Ángel Sierra at the northern end of Plaza de Chueca is simple – just look for the lively crowd standing around with drinks in hand by the double-door entrance on the corner. The elaborate and colorful Victorian-style architecture of the building and the small bar, whose design and décor have obviously been left ... read full review of Ángel Sierra
Party Earth Review With its prime location on the corner of Plaza de Santa Ana and its façade of bamboo shutters and dried grass awnings, it’s hard to miss Mauna Loa, the only place in town that offers a truly Hawaiian experience and fabulous tropical drinks. Although patrons are greeted in the bar by the sounds of exotic birds and an elaborate ... more
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 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 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 ... read full review of Café La Palma
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 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
Cuban Bar / Cuban Restaurant
Party Earth Review Tropical cocktails liberate the inhibitions of the laid-back crowd at La Negra Tomasa, an animated Cuban music bar where waitresses dressed in traditional island attire serve up Cuban favorites like mojitos and special black bean dishes. The cluttered décor features countless photos, posters, vintage advertisements, newspaper ... 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.