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Café la Palma


This is a long-standing favourite amongst the Malasaña crowd. Choose from an area with tables, a chill-out zone where everyone lazes on cushions on the...

C/Palma 62
Tags: Rock, World

El Sol

Clubs, Music

A steady flow of top live acts passes through El Sol, another remnant of the Movida. The décor is not up to much, but the vibe and the programme make up for...

C/Jardines 3

Garibaldi Café

Comedy, Music, Theatre

A roomy venue with a good sound system and a varied programme. Its staple fare is new bands doing the rounds on the local scene, but in addition there are...

C/San Felipe Neri 4

Gruta 77


A mix of local unsigned groups and touring bands from the States, Australia and Japan pass through this 300-seater sala. Punk, rock, ska and mestizaje...

C/Nicolás Morales s/n

Honky Tonk


Honky Tonk programmes local country, blues and rock acts nightly, and its own Gary Moore/Rolling Stones-influenced band performs regularly. Ignore the...

C/Covarrubias 24

La Buena Dicha


A medium-sized venue with a large stage and lots of smoke and light tricksiness, La Buena Dicha programmes little-known local pop and rock outfits, usually...

C/Santa Hortensia 14

La Coquette


This basement bar, going for some 20 years now, was Madrid's first dedicated exclusively to blues. Run by a Swiss-Spanish guy called Albert, who has a large...

C/Hileras 14
Tags: Rock, World

La Cubierta de Leganés


La Cubierta is a bullring with retractable roof south of the centre in Leganés. Bullrings often double as concert venues, but sadly the shape of a bullring...

C/Maestro s/n
Tags: Rock

La Riviera

Critics' choice

This club on the banks of the Manzanares is a major player on the Madrid music scene and is ranked by many as the city's best medium-sized venue. It's...

Paseo Bajo de la Virgen del Puerto s/n

La Sala


The neon and neo-classical columns in the entrance, the torch-lighting inside - it's all a bit strip joint, but don't let that, or the suburban location,...

Avda Nuestra Señora de Fátima 42

Madrid Arena


A behemoth of a venue, refurbished just a few years ago, and well laid out, with good facilities and great acoustics. There are plenty of macro-raves here...

Casa del Campo
Tags: Rock
Major venue

Moby Dick


With two different levels for music, Moby Dick caters for plenty of tastes. Mainly a venue for local groups and touring Spanish bands, it can still pull a...

Avda del Brasil 5
Tags: Rock

Palacio Municipal de Congresos


This Ricard-Bofill designed auditorium looks to have been purpose-built for a symphony orchestra, but that doesn't mean pop and rock acts can't make use of...

Avda de la Capital de España Madrid s/n
Tags: Rock

Palacio Vistalegre


This stadium is what the Spanish call multi-usos, so it serves as a basketball stadium and a conference hall as well as a concert venue. Some of the...

C/Utebo 1
Tags: Rock

Ritmo & Compás


A music fanatic's paradise, Ritmo & Compás boasts 160 rehearsal rooms over two sites, recording studios, its own record label and courses and seminars. As a...

C/Conde de Vilches 22
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