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Your guide to the best nightclubs, live music and concerts in Madrid

The best spots for nightlife in Madrid
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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.

The best upcoming concerts in Madrid
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The best upcoming concerts in Madrid

Your guide to what's on, who's playing and where to go for Madrid's best live music

Music festivals in Madrid
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Music festivals in Madrid

Your guide to the biggest music festivals in Madrid throughout the 2019 season

Bars with free (or nearly) live music
Bars and pubs

Bars with free (or nearly) live music

Make a note of these spots where seeing a concert will cost little to nothing

The best clubs in Madrid
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The best clubs in Madrid

These are the best clubs in Madrid for exploring the city's incredible nightlife

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Flamenco Show at Corral de la Morería 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.

Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid

Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid

Enjoy a night of opera music and fine food at La Castafiore restaurant in Madrid! Popular for its opera-singing waiting staff, the traditional restaurant has gained a cult following in the city from locals and visitors alike. 

Flamenco Lesson and Show at Tablao with Drink or Dinner

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

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. 

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Sample Spanish nightlife and Madrid's tasty tapas on an evening walking tour that will tantalize your taste buds! Led by an entertaining foodie guide, this walking tour is the best introduction to the laid back Madrileno lifestyle. 

Spanish Wine Tour from Madrid

Spanish Wine Tour from Madrid

Leave Madrid and head to the hills to learn about Spanish wine on this full-day tour! With an expert guide at your side, visit the Vinos de Madrid winemaking region and tour three esteemed wine estates in the area, known as ‘bodegas.’ 

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Dance clubs

Ocho y Medio
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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.

Shôko
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Shôko

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.

Joy Eslava
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Joy Eslava

Unusual in that it retains some original trappings of its former incarnation as a 19th-century theatre, in every other respect this is an ordinary high-street club. The vast crammed dancefloor runs the gamut from teenage tribes through to housewives, enjoying staple disco house. One of the classic venues in Madrid where you’re likely to see some famous faces, Joy Eslava also hosts live performances that range from concerts to monologues.

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Siroco
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Siroco

The musical programming here features reggae on Thursdays, hip hop and R&B music sessions on Fridays, and features plenty of local and Spanish soul singers and bands. Siroco has two very different environments at weekends: more relaxed on the upper level and more intense, dance-oriented electronic sessions below.

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LGBT parties

Delirio
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Delirio

Ohm
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Ohm

Club 33
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Club 33

Fulanita de Tal
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Fulanita de Tal

Truco
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Truco

Lakama
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Lakama

Music festivals

Paraíso
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Paraíso

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.

Sound Isidro
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Sound Isidro

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
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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
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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
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Mad Cool

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.

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