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
Calle de la Palma, 62
Club / Live Music Venue
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
Calle del Barco, 34
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
Calle San Dimas, 3
Club / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review An icon of madrileño nightlife since 1979, El Sol was at the epicenter of La Movida – the cultural upheaval that took place at the end of the Franco dictatorship and resulted in an explosion of art, film, and music. Although El Sol (a.k.a. Sala Sol or Sun Room) forgoes the dazzling laser shows and fog machines of Madrid ... more
Calle de los Jardines, 3
Party Earth Review A swanky Japanese restaurant by day, Shoko transforms by night into a sexy dance club that offers a unique and upper scale alternative in the otherwise rustic and old-fashioned neighborhood of La Latina. Patrons are introduced to the beautiful space first through an open-air arboretum whose centerpiece is a grand ... more
Calle de Toledo, 86
Club / Hookah Bar
Party Earth Review One of the liveliest spots in the Huertas area, La Comedia Urban Club is a bar and club that’s become a haven for late-nighters in the mood for a good stiff drink and a friendly crowd. DJs mix things up with hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and old-school favorites that keep everybody bumping on the blue-lit dance floor until the ... more
Calle del Príncipe, 16
Club / Concert Venue
Party Earth Review A popular destination for those looking for a dose of techno, Joy Madrid is a high-energy club where sexy house dancers take to the stage and trendy revelers take to the floor to lose themselves in an electronic sea of light and sound. The spacious sunken dance floor, spectacularly illuminated by the blue lights and undulating ... more
Calle del Arenal, 11
Party Earth Review Once patrons make it past the selective door staff at Vanila, a chic and sophisticated night club, they head downstairs to the main room where the DJ spins an energetic playlist of house music and recognizable remixes. The crowded, L-shaped dance floor may not be the largest in Madrid, but what the venue lacks in size it ... more
Paseo de la Castellana, 118
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
Calle de Fortuny, 34
Club / Nightclub
Party Earth Review Anyone who still isn’t convinced that Spanish nightlife rivals that of any other country on the continent should head to Space of Sound. After a weekend of nonstop clubbing, the apparently nuclear-powered madrileños prove their reputation as world-class partiers by packing into this mega-club starting at 4pm every Sunday ... more
Plaza Estación de Chamartín
Madrid is easily the biggest party city in all of Spain, so it’s no surprise that there are a lifetime of clubs in Madrid to fill one’s nightlife.
Revelers have no problem staying out late, and the Madrid clubs accommodate by often staying open well into the next morning. Seriously, walking in at 10pm will be like entering a post-apocalyptic warehouse because the club will be so empty. But once 3am rolls around, the rooms will be jam-packed with the young and restless dancing to DJ heavy beats until dawn.
This being Spain, flamenco clubs abound – and are often quite pricey – but so do dingy, student-driven clubs, kitschy discos, and mega nightclubs that could give Ibiza a run for its money.
Sol (El Centro) is a great place to start the night, especially along Huertas, a strip of lively small clubs that extends east of the main center and attracts a younger crowd of locals and internationals who show up to drink and dance the night away.
Chueca is packed with gay clubs and is considered the heart of Madrid’s gay culture, and home to everything from raucous, good-humored drag shows to chic, upscale dance clubs, while north of the city center in Nuevos Ministerios a largely cosmopolitan crowd enjoys a small but pricey collection of glitzy nightclubs.
Clubbing in Madrid is easy, though getting anything done after being out till 6am may be a different story.