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 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 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 ... more
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 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 ... read full review of Libertad 8 Café
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
Party Earth Review Located on a small street in one of Madrid’s business districts is Fortuny, a lavish mansion-style chalet whose elegant Mediterranean restaurant and upscale lounge and club cater to the city’s elite. Just past the luxury cars and discerning doormen on the street is a beautiful inner courtyard covered in a canopy of lush ... 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.