Arts Festival / Music Festival
For seven months, from the beginning of November to early June, Madrid is home to one of the most dynamic multi-cultural festivals in the world. Festival de Otoño a Primavera (Autumn to Spring Festival) captures performing arts at its ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review Villa Rosa, an elegant yet hopping flamenco club on a corner of Plaza de Santa Ana, offers a break from the modern, ultra-flashy nightclubs of Madrid. A massive chocolate- and vanilla-hued mural of a bygone era graces the façade of the building and hints at the nostalgic interior to come as patrons step into a warmly lit ... more
Plaza de Santa Ana, 15
Food Festival / Trade Show
Foodies flock to the annual Salon de Gourmets to taste some of the best flavors that Spain has to offer. Held for four days in March, Salon de Gourmets takes place each year at IFEMA – Feria de Madrid in Madrid and is the largest event ... moreIFEMA – Feria de Madrid
Feria de Madrid
Party Earth Review Stretching from the Atocha area in the center of the city to the affluent Salamanca neighborhood in the northwest, Madrid’s five-hundred-year-old El Parque del Buen Retiro is a lush and bustling urban playground, a veritable feast for the senses that has something to offer everyone. Visitors will find an animated crowd ... more
C/ Alfonso XII, 14
Music Festival / Concert
Calle Del Cuclillo, 6
Party Earth Review Renowned for its live music, El Junco is an unassuming, funky little jazz club that attracts a clientele of young and vivacious music lovers who crowd around the stage to dance and cheer. Bathed in soft blue and red light, this comfortably dark basement-level haven provides a vibrant environment for savvy customers who ... more
Plaza de Santa Bárbara, 10
Music Festival / Concert
Madrid’s music scene is on the rise. To celebrate some of the city’s best artists along with top Spanish musicians from throughout Spain, audiophiles flock to the annual La Radio Encendida. Held on a day in April at La Casa Encendida ... moreLa Casa Encendida Ronda Valencia 2
Party Earth Review On the southeast side of the historical center of Madrid lies the former Jewish quarter of Lavapiés, a neighborhood that has been transformed over hundreds of years into a vibrant multicultural mix of cosmopolitan life. With an immigrant population estimated at over fifty percent, the barrio’s narrow streets resonate with ... more
Party Earth Review Hidden away in a maze of cobblestone streets in what was the original center of Madrid is Plaza de la Paja, which, centuries ago, was one of the city’s most important cultural and commercial meeting points. This charming square, nestled between the medieval walls of the Bishop’s Chapel and the estate of an aristocratic ... more
Plaza de la Paja
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
Party Earth Review Cardamomo is the place to both watch and participate in flamenco dancing every night of the week. Although there’s a large bar up front, the main attraction is in the cavernous space in the back where some of Spain’s finest flamenco musicians and dancers showcase their talents on a small stage bathed in red and blue lights ... more
Calle de Echegaray, 15
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 hunting sliced ham to statuesque Spanish ladies relaxing over oysters and champagne. Built almost entirely of exposed iron beams and ... more
Plaza San Miguel 1
Although the city’s residents take their nightlife very seriously – and often party hard well into the next morning – there are endless things to do in Madrid no matter the time.
Wonderful weather practically all year makes it a great city for outdoor activities and things to do, and expansive parks like Buen Retiro and Parque Oeste are as perfect for picnics and lazy afternoon strolls as they are for jogging, biking, and other athletic pursuits.
Landmark museums like the Prado house some of Europe’s most important art, catching a flamenco show is a signature event available at venues all over town, and countless plazas offer a relaxing spot to while away the hours and soak up the sun.
Shopping is also stunning in Madrid, with vast flea markets, high-end boutiques, and a thousand-lifetimes-supply of swanky shoes. Take advantage of those afternoon siestas, you’re going to need them in this town, especially once denizens start flooding out for Happy Hour in advance of another long and festive night.
Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma: