This page is your essential guide to Madrid night life.You will find details of some of the most popular nights out in this city that never sleeps. There's much more to do than nightclubs alone and here you'll find something to suit every taste and every pocket. You'll also see information about how to find each venue.
Madrid nightlife is incredibly varied, and it goes on all night until the sun rises. The key to enjoying the buzz of the night is to take it slowly, or you'll never last. The Spanish don't go out until after 23:00 and even then it's quite normal to eat tapas as you go. This is also essential to soak up the alcohol if you are going to be out all night. I've walked into a wine bar at 01:00 and ordered tapas. It's fantastic that you can always get something to eat.
Unless you want to be the only one inside, don't go into a nightclub until at least 01:30.
Calle Arenal, 11
28013 Madrid, España.
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2) Plus 3 minutes walk
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday: Open
Without drinking - €6.00
With a drink - €10.00
With two drinks - €15.00
This club is famous across Madrid. It began life as a theatre in 1872, and is still laid out the same way, making it quite impressive. Joy attracts a young crowd, so if you're over 30 you might feel a bit like you're at a school disco. But the fabulous décor and up upbeat funky dance music makes it worth a try.
The club claims that famous people have danced the night away there, but they don't say who to look out for. You can pick up flyers from most hotels in the centre that give you information about the club and discounts. As Joy is so central it is always busy, and it's easy to hop on the metro or find a taxi nearby.
Teatro Lope de Vega
Gran Via, 57
28013 Madrid, España.
Metro: Callao (Green Line, L5), (Yellow Line, L3); or Santo Domingo (Red Line, L2); or Plaza España (Dark Blue Line, L10), (Yellow Line, L3)
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: 13:30 - 20:30
Friday, Saturday: 13:00 - 22:00
Sunday: 13:00 - 18:00
Entrance: From €20.00 - €70.00
The musical 'Mamma Mia' is playing at the moment, and it is well worth seeing. It's in Spanish, but you'll still be able to follow the story if you know any of the ABBA songs. The lighting and set design is exceptional, and the music and dance has the audience out of their seats. This is one of the best musicals I have seen.
There's a real 'coffee culture' in Madrid. If you're not up for a mad night out, it's nice to sit in a cosy coffee bar and watch the world go by. Personally, even though I think it's a tad over-priced, I adore Starbucks.
Starbucks are everywhere, so you won't walk more than 5 minutes in the centre without finding one. The combination of a hot frothy coffee, a comfy armchair and the sophisticated music in the background make Starbucks popular.
Eating tapas is an inexpensive and enjoyable way to pass the evening. Much of the Madrid night life takes place in the tapas bars. If you don't want to walk much, go to the Plaza Santa Ana.
Metro:Sol (Red Line, L2); (Light Blue Line, L1) or (Yellow Line, L3) Plus 10 minutes walk.
I love Vinoteca on the corner. It has some deliciously different tapas and an excellent choice of wines. It attracts customers in their late 20s and upwards, and the staff are friendly and efficient.
There are lots of different types of tapas bars, from the modern to the old fashioned and they come from all regions of Spain, so the choice of food is unlimited.
Casa Patas, Flamenco en Vivo
Calle de los Cañizares, 10
28012 Madrid, España.
Tel: +34 91 369 0496
Monday -Thursday: 20:00 – 01:30; Friday - Saturday: 19:30 – 02:30
Metro: Anton Martin (Light Blue Line, L1) or Tirso de Molina (Light Blue Line, L1) Plus 5 minutes walk from either station.