The best spots for nightlife in Madrid
Clubs where you can dance until dawn, bars where you can drink amazing cocktails, and even a piano bar where you'll lose track of time and not have a care in the world. These are among our 15 favourite places to go out and experience nightlife in Madrid.
Flamenco Show at Corral de la Morería in Madrid
Feel the feverish heat of Spain’s traditional dance with a flamenco show at one of the country’s most prestigious ‘tablaos’ (flamenco venues). Choose the show time that best suits your schedule, then make your own way into the heart of Madrid Old Town to enjoy a night of passionate flamenco.
Flamenco Lesson and Show at Tablao with Drink or Dinner
Feel the heat of Spain’s traditional dance with a 3-hour flamenco lesson and show at one of Madrid’s top ‘tablaos’ (flamenco venues). Leave your inhibitions at the door and get ready to stamp and clap along as you are taught how to flamenco by some of the city’s top dancers during a 1-hour class.
Arabian Baths Experience at Madrid's Hammam Al Ándalus
Seek serenity at Madrid’s Arabian baths, Hamman Al Ándalus, and spend 1.5 hours relaxing body, soul and mind! The zen-like oasis with candle-lit walkways boasts three thermal plunge pools and a steam room – all decorated in resplendent Arabian décor.
Ocho y Medio
Ocho y Medio is the perfect stop on your hedonistic tour of the town if you're looking for an alcohol-fuelled mass of party energy. DJ Smart makes it all sound very '80s and '90s, thrashing out an eclectic mix of indie, electro-clash, electro-pop, new wave and New York rock. It takes a master to meld Blur and Depeche Mode. On arriving here you’ll be met by a sea of flannel shirts and horn-rimmed glasses since this is Madrid’s hipster haven. You’ll also find interesting concerts by local and international bands like La Habitación Roja.
This club in La Latina that has everything that nocturnal fun seekers need. Commercial music to dance to and the occasional live performance make for a mix that attracts scores of young people every weekend. Miniskirts, tight dresses and polo shirts move around the dancefloor here, changing colour along with the LED lights. The clientele, which is around 20 years old, obviously spends some time at the gym and applying make-up in front of the mirror. On Thursdays, there’s a ‘kisses’ session and an open bar with the ‘Kiss Kiss Bang, Bang’ session, while Sundays are given over to hotter beats like urban, latin and reggaeton.
Madrid dresses itself in electronica once again for this festival that gets better every year. For this third edition, the bar is raised with FKA Twigs, whose album 'Magdalene' was one of the best of 2019. The line-up so far also includes Bufiman, Charlotte Adigéry, Christian Löffler, Jon Hopkins, Roman Flügel, Waajeed, Kaytranada, Kruder & Dorfmeister, 070 Shake, Apparat, DJ Koze, Princess Nokia, Låpsley, Denis Sulta, Baiuca, Avalon Emerson b2b Roi Perez, Dazion, John Gómez, Buscabulla, Chico Blanco and Akkan. And as usual, art, food and gaming will have their place at the festival as well.
Madrid's most authentic music festival (named for the city's patron saint) once again brings live music to some of the most iconic concert venues around town, like El Sol Caracol, Shoko and Tempo Club, among others. Though the line-up isn't completely finalized yet, we do know that among those already booked are Omar Souleyman, Fasenuova + Somos la Herencia, Califato 3/4, Holy Fuck and Malatu Astatke. Get into the local festival with local music in local clubs!
Universal Music Fest
This may just be the most ecclectic festival in Madrid, since its stage has seen the likes of international DJs like Martin Garrix to patriotic pop stars like Pablo Alborán or rock legends like Sting. The festival is on again at the always imposing Teatro Real, and we've already seen some of the big names in the official line-up. Some of the artists set to thrill music fans in this concert series sponsored by Universal Music are: Patti Smith, Carlos Rivera, Roger Hodgson, Ana Torroja, Miguel Bosé, Pablo López, Miriam Rodríguez and Mon Laferte.
A Summer Story
There's nothing better than ringing in summer with a couple of nights at an open-air music festival featuring some of the best DJs in the world. The Ciudad de Rock venue, leaves the meaning of its name at the door for to make way for top electronica with the likes of Amelie Lens, Brennan Heart, Garabatto, Joseph Capriati, Timmy Trumpet and more.
Mad Cool has announced they are working to move the 2020 edition to the same dates next year (July 9, 10 and 11, 2021). Mad Cool is the biggest, maddest, most popular music festival in town, which has given Madrid a spot on the route of European music festivals to get to and put the city on the radar of big international artists to attract them in for the multi-day party. It's hard not to find a group you like on the line-up, with headliners like Taylor Swift, The Killers, Billie Eilish and Twenty One Pilots to those with their own loyal fans like Hinds, Pale Waves, Cala Vento, Richard Hawley, The Rapture and Blood Red Shoes, among many others.