La Vía Láctea

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La Vía Láctea A mainstay of Malasaña nightlife for over thirty years, La Vía Láctea is a throbbing, two-story bar that still draws a huge crowd of young madrileños, students, and travelers alike. Madrid Spain 40.4268244 -3.7030444
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La Vía Láctea - Bar in Madrid.
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Party Earth Review A mainstay of Malasaña nightlife for over thirty years, La Vía Láctea is a throbbing, two-story bar that still draws a huge crowd of young madrileños, students, and travelers alike. If the long bar on the first floor... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 7pm–3am, F 7pm–3:30am, Sa 6pm–3:30am, Su 6pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth La Vía Láctea Review

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A mainstay of Malasaña nightlife for over thirty years, La Vía Láctea is a throbbing, two-story bar that still draws a huge crowd of young madrileños, students, and travelers alike.

A mainstay of Malasaña nightlife for over thirty years, La Vía Láctea is a throbbing, two-story bar that still draws a huge crowd of young madrileños, students, and travelers alike.

If the long bar on the first floor, which spans the room from end to end, is too crowded, patrons can wait for an opening at one of the comfy front booths with the space-age lighting or pass the time with a game of pool at the lone billiards table.

The vintage posters and custom mini-murals of famous rock bands that cover the walls and ceiling are a nod to the bar’s nonstop flood of classic rock, funk, and the occasional Motown tune remixed with techno beats.

Patrons will find more of the same in the smoky upstairs area, which is equipped with another bar, a smattering of tables, and an old 50s-style jukebox.

Ample floor space provides plenty of room for dancing, but patrons should keep in mind that by 2am, La Vía Láctea is packed to the rafters with an animated crowd that leaves little wiggle room.

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Tip from Emma:

If you want a place to sit, you’ll have to show up before 1am. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck standing and sweating in the crowd with everyone else.

  • Crowd

    Locals and expats of all types, 18 to 35.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A mix of classic rock and funk.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Beer €3.50–€4, mixed drinks €6–€8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays draw the largest crowds.

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