It's a good idea to start the night with a coffee if you want to last the night. Madrileños rarely go out before 23:00, and they manage to stay up until 07:00 or 08:00 in the morning. To finish off, it's quite normal to go and eat chocolate and churros before going to bed. This is a delicious combination of donut-like sticks that you dunk into thick hot chocolate.
One of the best places to get chocolate and churros is the Chocolateria San Gines. It's famous all over Madrid. You'll find it down a small street called San Gines, which is just off Calle Arenal.
Chocolateria San Ginés
Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5
28013 Madrid, España.
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2) Plus 10 minutes walk to Pasadizo de San Ginés 11.
San Gines has been in existence for over 100 years, and if you ask many people in Madrid they will tell you that it serves some of the best hot chocolate. I agree.
Calle Arenal, 9
28013 Madrid, España.
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2) Plus 5 minutes walk.
This nightclub is actually a palace that was inspired by the Italian Renaissance style. It is full of different rooms, all decorated in a lavish décor. As well as being a dance club, the Palacio Gaviria also hosts events such as catwalk shows, and private parties.
All kinds of unusual things go on inside. There's henna tattooing, and people in fancy dress. It's popular and attracts locals as well as tourists, so you should find a good mix of people inside. The atmosphere is uplifting.
Going to the theatre is a popular option. Most theatres are collected on the Gran Via road.
Metro: Gran Via (Green Line, L5)
Although the tourist information official 'En Madrid' guide book lists 27 theatres altogether.
The shows are in Spanish of course, but if you opt for a musical it will be fairly easy to follow the storyline. Mamma Mia is a good one to go for, as the songs are all well-known ABBA songs. If you want to go to a weekend show it's best to book the tickets in advance. For Mamma Mia in the Lope de Vega theatre on Gran Via, the cheapest seats are just €20.00.
The north of Spain is well known for its cider bars, or 'cidrerias'. You can find these bars scattered through Madrid. There are a couple in the streets between Plaza Santa Ana and Puerta del Sol.
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2) Plus 10 minutes walk.
Alongside these bars you'll find 'cervezarias' (beer houses). The feel inside these types of bars is olde worlde and they are decorated in a cosy style. If you're drinking cider, it's not uncommon for the bar tender to give you the whole bottle. It should be poured from a height, which is harder than it looks. These bars provide a relaxing night life in Madrid option.
At about 01:00 you'll find that there are traffic jams in the centre. It's like a rush hour, but instead of going to work, people are driving into the centre to go out and enjoy the night life in Madrid.
Hammam Al Ándalus
Calle Atocha, 14
28012 Madrid, España.
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2) plus 5 minutes walk.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 12:00 Noon - 14:00 - 16:00 - 18:00 - 20:00 - 22:00
Entrance: Consult official website for prices.
Reservations: +34 90 233 3334
Fax:+34 91 189 2064
The spa stays open late so that you can enjoy a meal and show after your time in the baths if you want. I think it's a relaxing way to sooth away the day if you've been busy sight seeing and shopping.
Book in advance. This spa is popular.
The restaurant serves Moroccan cuisine, which is tasty. There are couscous dishes and you'll find that a lot of the food is flavoured with sultanas and other sweet fruits. Another tradition is to serve mint tea after the meal. This tastes best when sweetened with sugar.
This page is a taster of the variety of different ways you can spend the evening in Madrid. You will see details here of places to go to relax, to party and to eat. See the Related Pages section below If you want to learn more about entertainment in Madrid.