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 ... moreThroughout the city
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 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 One of the most famous flea markets in the world, El Rastro sells everything from clothes, jewelry, and antiques to music, DVDs, and vintage 1970s Playboy magazines. Every Sunday, multitudes of people from all walks of life descend on the sunny Plaza de Cascorro in search of the best deals on any goods imaginable. Although ... more
Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores
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
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
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 is one of Madrid’s oldest and most popular jazz clubs, which presents a diverse roster of live performances that include reggae, jazz, Afro ... more
Calle de las Huertas, 22
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 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
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 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
Party Earth Review Many beer drinkers agree that Spanish beer pales in comparison to other European brews, so beer lovers who find themselves grimacing at the selection of national drafts should head over to Naturbier. A German-style beer hall, this bar creates its natural brews, both regular and toasted, at its on-site brewery. Patrons can ... more
Plaza de Santa Ana, 9
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: