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 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
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
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 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 ... read full review of Chapandaz
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 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 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 ... 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.