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13 of Madrid's hottest clubs to visit right now

Put your dancing shoes on – we’re going out. Whether you're one for chic drinks or cheap beers, you can always find fun in the capital city

By Marta Bac
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If some of the things to do in Madrid that you want to explore are nightlife-related, you’ve come to the right place. Seven days a week, you can go out until the wee hours of the morning and end up eating churros with chocolate for breakfast in any café along with taxi drivers starting their shifts. You won’t have trouble finding the right spot to fit your mood among the bars, EDM-filled nightclubs and grungy pubs that have earned their place on the scene. Here’s our choice of the best clubs in Madrid. All you have to do is head out, drink up and soak it all in. 

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Medias Puri
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1. Medias Puri

Nightlife Clubs Madrid

If you're looking for an off-the-charts club experience in Madrid, search no further than Medias Puri. This ‘clandestine’ club fits a thousand partygoers in its three-tiered space, and it's packed every weekend – for good reason. Think acrobats suspended above the dance floors, hot music, classy cocktails and strobe lights flashing over everything. We know why we gave it the Time Out Award for Best Club in 2017, but go check it out for yourself. We bet you won't regret anything but your headache the next morning.  

2. Ochoymedio/Sala But

Music Malasaña

Ochoymedio is the perfect blend of trendy vibes and hardcore clubbing. Don't be fooled by the sea of flannel shirts and well manicured beards you'll notice upon entry – hipsters can throw down as well as anyone else, and this is certainly the spot to do just that. Head over to spend a night on a packed dance floor or to enjoy one of the more than 50 concerts the club puts on per year.

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3. Kapital

Music Barrio de las Letras

This club is not for the faint of heart. With its seven (yes, we did indeed say seven) floors, there's an palpable aura of excitement in the air at Kapital. Hang out on the main dance floor by one of the many bars on the ground floor, or ascend to different floors offering karaoke, R&B vibes, a few cocktail bars, Spanish disco tunes, a cinema and finally an open-air terrace with a retractable roof. A night out here promises crazy memories and sore legs from all the stairs, but that's a small price to pay for a visit to Kapital if you ask us. 

4. El Sol

Music Sol

El Sol is one of our favorite spots for live music in Madrid, and it doubles as a dance venue. An admirable amount of musical acts pass through the club, making it an intersection of rock, rhythm and blues, punk, soul and hip hop. Check the calendar on the club’s website for a full lineup of monthly concerts, DJ sets and parties. 

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5. Costello Club

Music Sol

This place made our list for a few reasons: killer cocktails, impressive lineups and a great atmosphere. You’ll always want to hang out at Costello after seeing your favourite musical group grace the stage, and so does everyone else, it seems. The club can get packed on the weekends, but that only makes the venue feel more alive. Be sure to look at the most recent calendar of events on the club’s website, or tune into their Facebook and Twitter feeds to ensure that you don’t miss a thing.

6. Siroco

Music Conde Duque

The musical programming here runs from reggae on Thursdays to black music sessions on Fridays, and every night features plenty of local and Spanish soul singers and bands. Siroco has two very different environments during the weekends: more relaxed on the upper level and more intense, dance-oriented electronic sessions below.

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7. Wurlitzer Ballroom

Music Sol

The Wurlitzer is undoubtedly one of the best clubs in Madrid for rock music fans. Here, you can explore all facets of the genre, from punk to country and everything in between. This club is open every single night of the week, which means that you could go tonight. Do it. 

8. Changó

Music Chamberí

No matter how fashionable Changó’s interior is, this isn’t where you’ll find Madrid’s poshest crowds. The ex-theater is the kind of place where people of all sorts gather to enjoy varied DJ sets. You can discover the kinds of music you’re into thanks to the wide-ranging programme while embracing the grungier side of Madrid’s club scene.

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La Riviera
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9. La Riviera

Music Imperial

La Riviera is what we like to think of as an all-purpose club. It’s medium-sized and popular among the under-30s crowd. It boasts a killer sounds system, hosts formidable musical acts and transforms into a trendy dance venue after concerts. There’s something for everyone at this one-size-fits-all venue, and its adaptability landed it here, among our favorites in the city.

10. El Penta

Music Malasaña

If you’re out and about in the Malasaña neighborhood, Penta is an iconic spot to duck into. It marries classic Movida madrileña vibes with updated touches that help keep this bar relevant. If you like Spanish music from the 80s and 90s and bars that make you feel like a local, head to El Penta.

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11. Cha Cha The Club

Clubs Sol

One night a week, Cha Cha The Club comes to life. It was initially a private club, but as soon as the trendiest crowds in Madrid caught wind of the wild nights taking place behind Cha Cha's doors, this became the place to be. You’ll meet some of the buzziest people in the city and dance so hard you’ll be sore in the morning... sounds fun, no?

12. Mondo Disko

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House- and techno-lovers rejoice! Twice a week, the well known Sala Cocó transforms into a venue just for you. DJ sets of all different styles are sure to fill the dance floors with an exciting mix of funk, electro and disco. 

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13. Opium Madrid

Music Chamberí

Restaurant-club Opium adds a bit of glamour and a glimpse of the future to Madrid’s nightlife scene. Inspired by Opium Barcelona, this club has a classy restaurant serving things like caviar, spring rolls and foie gras. When you’ve gotten your fill, you can head to the dance floors to dance it all off to the tunes of resident DJs. The restaurant opens nightly at 9pm and the club at 11.30pm.

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This month's gigs

Music

Your guide to what's on, who's playing and where to go for the best gigs and concerts in Madrid this month Madrid is a city brimming with music. Concert halls, bars, and big clubs invite all kinds of acts to their stages, from freshly-pressed indie bands to globally famous international superstars. To make sure you don't miss any of your favourites, check here for each month's top concert picks.  The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Considered one of the driving forces of punk blues, this group was formed in New York in 1990. Jon Spencer (vocals and guitar), Judah Bauer (guitar and vocals) and Russell Simins (drums) have spent almost a quarter of a century on stages around the world while still keeping the energy at astronomic levels. With more than a dozen albums, the band is  who others look to in the genre. They're playing this month in Joy Eslava as part of the Madrid Inquieta concert series. Andrés Calamaro 'Bohemio' is the new album by this Argentinian singer-songwriter, who returns to the music scene after a two-year absence. Released simultaneously in Spain and Latin America, the album consists of 10 songs with a rock rhythm, and was produced by Cachorro López, who he also worked with on ‘La lengua popular’ (2007). Calamaro's return to the stage, where there will certainly be no shortage of his classics, is definitely among the musical events of the year. Vetusta Morla The band to look to in Spanish indie rock begins an extensive tour to present their new album ‘La Deriva’

Madrid's best clubs

Nightlife

Whether you fancy chic cocktails, a pub crawl, or dancing the night away, these are the best clubs in Madrid for exploring the city's incredible nightlife Madrid's nightlife never stops. From Monday to Sunday, you can go out until the early hours of the morning and end up eating churros with chocolate for breakfast in any café, along with taxi drivers starting their shift. You'll have no trouble finding just the right spot to fit your mood among the myriad bars, big nightclubs, and small pubs that have earned their place on the scene. Here's our selection of the best clubs in Madrid so you can head out and not worry about a thing except having a good time, whatever your taste in music and ambience. El Sol 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 that. A mixture of rock, rhythm and blues, punk, soul, and hip hop from national outfits are complemented by visits from international acts such as the Bellrays, Snow Patrol and Gigolo Aunts. After the concerts, at weekends, you can stay until dawn enjoying a drink and a dance to classic rock and pop mixed with more current music. The average age of the clientele is late-20s to 30s. ThunderCat Club Run by the same owners as the now-defunct RRR Bar, ThunderCat preserves the same spirit and is here to stay. Its speciality is rock with pop tinges. Local bands play covers of international groups like The Beatles, and Thursd

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Your new favourite bars

Bars and pubs

Thanks to their tapas selection, attractive decor, well-poured beers or cultural activities, we recommend these top Madrid bars Most popular features 20 great things to do in Madrid Festivals, culture, cuisine… discover all the capital has to offer! 1. Walk along the Gran Vía The city's main tourist artery runs the famous Metrópolis building to the Plaza de España. Shops, bars and even a casino line this wide street that stretches for more than a kilometre. If you start walking at the Metrópolis building, with its stunning dome crowned by a bronze statue, the next landmark you'll come to is at Gran Vía 1, the address for Grassy jewellers since 1952. A bit further on, the Hotel de las Letras deserves a peek inside before you're wowed by the window display at the Loewe shop or stop to have a drink in the legendary Museo Chicote, which, despite its name, isn't a museum at all, though there is some art on the walls in the form of photos of celebrities who have passed through the swinging doors. The impressive Telefónica building kicks off the next leg, where clothing shops compete with each other to grab the eye, and the euros, of a wide variety of clientele. Look carefully ­- some of the shops are inside old cinemas that have long had to close their doors. Still showing films on the big screen, however, are the Palacio de la Prensa, Capital and Callao cinemas, in the square that divides this celebrated street. From here to Plaza de España theatres such as the Lope de Vega and t

Where to get cheap eats

Restaurants

Find the best cheap restaurants in Madrid where you can fill up with delicious, quality food and stay in your budget. Set lunch menus for less than €10, budget dishes that don't skimp on servings, free tapas when you buy a drink.. Going out for lunch or dinner in Madrid without spending a fortune is possible when you know where to find the deals. One of the ways Madrid's restaurants have dealt with the economic recession is to offer cheap eats to their clients. Head out for a meal at the weekend and still be able to stay within your monthly budget with these spots where you can find quality food, pleasant surroundings and prices that will make you and your wallet happy. El Tigre If you can actually make it through the door, order a beer or a cider and marvel at the hefty tapas that come with it – patatas bravas, jamón serrano, Spanish omelette… it's all free, and each plate varies (and gets bigger) with each round. The bar itself is incredibly noisy and always absolutely rammed. But it does disprove the theory that there's no such thing as a free lunch. La Musa Latina After an enforced closure thanks to some overzealous licence enforcing by the city council, La Musa Latina is open once more. The menu has lost a few favourites, such as the selection of tapas, but there's still plenty here to enjoy. The mixed grill and the roasted vegetables make a great combination, plus there are plenty of indulgent desserts to choose from – go for the chocolate brownie. Waiters are super coo

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