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Real Academia de las Bellas Artes de San Fernando


This beautiful building right in the heart of Madrid is a must for a concert experience. It hosts three or four cycles of free concerts a year, usually...

C/Alcalá 13

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

Sala Caracol


The much-cherished Caracol recently reopened after a couple of years with licensing problems. A cosy venue, it is nevertheless big enough to have hosted the...

C/Bernardino Obregón 18
Tags: Rock, World

Sala Heineken

Critics' choice

The venue formerly known as Arena (but not to be confused with Madrid Arena, for which see above), Sala Heineken plays host to several club nights, but is...

C/Princesa 1
Tags: Rock

Segundo Jazz


Founded many years ago by the owner of the legendary Whisky Jazz Club, this is Madrid's longest standing jazz joint. Nowadays, as well as jazz, the...

C/Comandante Zorita 8


Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Clubs, Music

Regulars at this long-established joint know just what they want, and management are more than happy to provide it, programming a steady schedule of...

C/San Dimas 3

Teatro de la Zarzuela


The Teatro de la Zarzuela, which served as an opera house for many years previous to the Teatro Real's renovation, is now principally devoted to its raison...

C/Jovellanos 4

Teatro Monumental


Located in slightly seedy Antón Martín, the Monumental has more character than most, but is functional rather than beautiful. Its main purpose is to record...

C/Atocha 65

Teatro Real

Critics' choice

Shaped like a compressed oval, the interior of the city's opera house is breathtakingly ornate compared with its sombre façade, and one of the most...

Plaza de Isabel II
Major venue