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 ... read full review of Mauna Loa
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
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 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 Owned and operated by the same guy who runs Dubliners right next door, O’Connell St. is essentially a carbon-copy of its neighbor, touting a pot-o’-gold-worthy cluster of budget-friendly booze and a regular crowd of raucous expats. Anyone who hit Dubliners first will have a bit of déjà vu once they pop the few steps down ... read full review of O’Connell St.
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 Tapas have dominated Madrid’s gastronomic scene since before it became the capital in the sixteenth century, but La Musa has taken that tradition and run with it. Part of a small population of restaurants seeking to reinvent age-old dishes, the venue fuses traditional Spanish tapas with international flavors. Not surprisingly ... 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 ... 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.