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 Fashion-conscious bouncers keep the red carpet moving at Moma 56, Madrid’s premier club that caters to young professionals who like to have fun and look stunning in the process. Inside, plush white chairs surround the open dance floor, while a large screen projects music videos and random visuals. Lasers zip and dart over ... more
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of the sizzling nightlife of Huertas – a legendary strip of clubs and bars on the eastern side of the city center – the critically acclaimed Café Jazz Populart is one of Madrid’s oldest and most popular jazz clubs, which presents a diverse roster of live performances that include reggae, jazz, Afro ... more
Party Earth Review Slightly off the main drag of Calle de la Palma, Sala Siroco is a popular club/lounge that promises a weekly lineup of top local DJs and up-and-coming indie acts. The all-black exterior belies the colorful explosion inside, which begins with past and future event flyers collaged down the entryway. Most patrons head straight ... 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 ... read full review of La Chilostra
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
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 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 ... 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.