They say that the streets of Madrid are busier at midnight than they are at midday so consult the monthly Guia del Ocio guide to decide where to spend the witching hour. The area around the Plaza Santa Ana and Plaza Mayor are good starting points and if you prefer to sit down with a drink and watch the world dance by, then try the institution that is Bar Cock, Calle de la Reina, 16. For something a little more sophisticated, try the nineteenth century palace Palacio de Gaviria, Arenal 9, with its opulent interior and funky music.
Madrid Nightlife Travel Guide
Seasoned clubbers are spoilt for choice with a number of clubs attracting world class DJ’s and the dancing going on until 6am or later. Admission charges vary from €5 to €20 and remember; the night starts a lot later in Madrid than elsewhere so if you arrive at a club before 1am, there’s a high chance you’ll be the only people in there. Dress codes are, on the whole, quite relaxed but for the larger clubs it’s best to make an effort and leave the trainers at home.
Calle Princesa, 1 Telephone – 91 562 00 02
A huge hit with the young crowd, this cavernous club plays electronica, drum n’ bass and pop to the mass of seething bodies below in two sessions – one from 7pm to 11pm and the other from midnight until late.
Barcelo, 11 Telephone – 91 447 01 28
Belonging to an international chain of clubs, Pacha is upmarket and attracts a glamorous crowd. Admission is €12 and the club is open until 6am.
Calla Isabella Catolica, 6 Telephone – 91 542 3439
Like Pacha, Cool brings in Madrid’s beautiful and fashionable crowd – arrive late for extra kudos. The club is closed from Mon – Wed.
4. Soul Kitchen
Mesonero Romanos, 13 Telephone – 91 532 15 24
This place changes its name, chameleon-like, depending on the time of day and time of the week. Is also known as Goa, Flamingo and Disco Inferno and has a laid-back atmosphere.
Atocha, 125 Telephone – 91 420 29 06
Spread over a massive seven floors, this club again divides the night into two sessions with the first (for teenagers) at 6pm – 10pm and the second begins at midnight and ends at 6am. Admission is €6.
After darkness falls Madrid’s Legendary Nightlife unfolds. People of all ages, fuelled by an afternoon siesta if they’re lucky, come out to eat, drink and dance at the city’s 4000 bars. Some say the city has the best nightlife in Europe, perhaps encouraged by the belief that the night is still young at 3.30am! Be prepared to eat late and add half and hour to each phase of the normal Spanish day to appreciate the night’s attractions.