Reputed to be the very center of Spain, Sol’s position within easy walking distance of major attractions like the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum definitely make it the cultural center of Madrid.
Virtually all aspects of the madrileño life can be enjoyed in this area, from simple tapas and great art to passionate performances of traditional flamenco music and centuries-old subterranean cueva bars.
Although Sol clearly caters to the hordes of tourists that bounce from bar to bar, the streets are also packed with lifelong residents looking for a good time and adding their voices to the festive clamor.
Those looking for something a little edgier can check out Huertas, a strip of lively bars and small clubs that extends east of the main center and that attracts a younger crowd of locals and internationals alike who show up to drink and dance the night away.
With so much to offer, Sol is extremely popular and always bustling with people of all types. The only word of caution is that the area is quite touristy, so it’s necessary to be a bit more watchful of pickpockets.
Party Earth Review Situated right in the center of Gran Vía, De Las Letras Hotel and Restaurante is a four-star hotel with a lovely modern lounge where projected lights cast a soft blue glow and ambient ... more
Calle Gran Vía, 11
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 ... more
Calle del Príncipe, 7
Party Earth Review A massive covered market that’s been doling out fabulously fresh fare since 1916, the Mercado de San Miguel attracts a wide variety of Madrileños and tourists daily, from local homemakers ... more
Plaza San Miguel 1
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 ... more
Calle de Núñez de Arce, 14
Party Earth Review A spirited and cheery hangout, Café del Soul is a narrow bar and eatery where easygoing patrons of all ages enjoy a chill vibe and a hearty selection of both tapas and cocktails. Warm ... more
Calle de Espoz y Mina, 14
Reviewed by charisse h.
"Good to meet for free tours- I suggest doing one it is a great way to see the city and learn about the culture. The walking tours are free but usuall ..." more
Plaza Mayor, 2
Reviewed by Jasmine D.
"This was my first stop once I hit the ground running here in Madrid. Walking down this major street I was immediately reminded of back home in NYC. Th ..." more
Calle Gran Vía
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 ... more
Calle de Espoz y Mina, 7
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 ... more
Calle de las Huertas, 22