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Discos: Club JOY, madrid
It was a really nice place(it used to be a theatre), althought the drinks were very expensive ones(9,5€ beer and 11€ for the redbull vodka), entrannce was 12€,including the cloak.
Dress Code: No sneakers, trendy place with some celebs.
Palacio Gaviria: I am the dancing queen!!!
Back in XVIII century It use to be a little palace ... Now it is a nightclub... You can dance salsa, pop or electronic in the same night going from a room to another... It gets really loaded especially the latin room where you'll hear the latest latin hits... If you get to make friends with the DJ, maybe youll get some free passes for the next time ;)
If you dont, try to find some discount passes outside the club, there are often people who give them....
Wednesday are foreigners nights :) get your sticker and know some other "aliens"
SERRANO 41: "SALSA" DISCOS: SERRANO 41
completely crowded in summer, kind of irregular during the rest of the year. this place only open as salsa on tuesday. there are two separate zones called SERRANO 41. you get the upper one at the street level, and its the "posh" one. to get the salsa part, you must go downstairs. i really like its music, but they have a problem with their wardrobe, as i stood for half an hour waiting for my coat. i ve always had a great time here. lovely people
open only tuesday, from 23.00 to 4.00
i think the cover is 10 euros with a drink. inside beers 4 eur shots 8 eur
Dress Code: no required
AZUCAR: "SALSA" DISCOS: AZUCAR
well, i dont like much this place, but it is completely crowded on weekends. its decoration regards me ahawaian bar (propably it was one of the kind in the past ...) there are so many people on weekends that you wont be able to dance excepting very "stuck" merengues or bachatas ;-) it s like a sauna, i couldnt stand long in this place, though is very popular among latam people in madrid
cover 9€ 1 drink open from 23.30 to 5.30
Dress Code: i ve seen jeans, sneakers, nosleeves shirts, sportwear ...
PALACIO DE GAVIRIA: "SALSA" DISCOS: PALACIO DE GAVIRIA
this wellknown disco is not strictly a salsa disco, but it has a special session on wednesdays , mainly dadicated to latin rythms. this place is an old palace, that has been renovated. high ceilins with paintings on them, old furniture and paintings ... wood floors ... in the main room called "salon de los espejos"(mirrors hall) the music is a mix of latin pop in the first two hours, and salsa, merengue , bachata the rest of the night. thrte is a smaller room with tango-milonga
if you want to change for a while there are 2 others halls with different music, one with techno, and the other with funky, hiphop ...
refreshments are expensive in this place compared to others in madrid. coke is 7?
latin session open wednesdays 23.00 to 3.30
cover 9? with one drink
adress: arenal, 9. metro sol or opera
Dress Code: no special dress code required, but it lloks nice to dress up a bit, u are in a palace!!!
RAMDALL: "SALSA" DISCOS: RAMDALL
good dancers, nice decoration.selected music (salsa, merengue and bachata in equal percentage), but on weekends they have an hour or so (from 3.45 to 4.45 aprox) of funky, latin-hop, reggaeton, samba, meneito, even "sevillanas" (usually i change to another place when this "happy hour" begins)
special session on wednesday dedicated to salsa L.A. and N.Y. style, salsa on two, 70's music
on wednesdays and thursdays they have dance lessons (22.30 to 23.30h i think)included with the cover
drinks are not so good as you could expect
day to go: thursday
weekends: 10 € cover &1 drink, 14 € cover and 2 drinks 23.30 to 6.00h
rest of the week: 7 € cover &1 drink, 10 € cover and 2 drinks. 23.30 to 4.00h
underground: "plaza de españa" or "ventura rodriguez"
Dress Code: no sneakers, thugh u will find people wearing them ...
try to dress up a bit
La Cartuja: My favourite disco bar
This is a small discotheque but throughout my entire stay in Madrid, my favourite (I was so upset when they closed it for renovation for several months ...). Selection of dance music is outstanding in both latin and world music. The rythms themselves push you to the round dance floor in the central part of the club. There is no admission fee. The club is located in the popular disco area, Huertas in a short walking distance to Sol and plaza Sta Ana. It is open till morning, so people usually take this club as the last one on their nightlife marathon.
Dress Code: No jeans, no snickers. Standard.
After Sun: After El Sol
As the name of this after-hours state, Aftersun is the place to go when El Sol closes its doors... at the unthinkable early hour of 6AM. This is a dive bar, of the worst kind you're likely to find in Madrid, so don't get me wrong: I'm not heading you to a glamorous and cool nightclub when you can have a drink surrounded by the crème of Madrilian nightlife. But the music is probably the BEST you're going to find at this hours, and the local crowd, though a little bit scary, is quite fun nonetheless.
Anyway, as a particularly accurate verse from one of my favourite groups says: "Is the lack of love what fills up the bars"... Those words always came to my mind whenever I’m at Aftersun ;-)
Dress Code: Honestly, at 8AM nobody cares about the state of your dress :-p
- Beer Tasting
- School Holidays
Sala El Sol: Not the mythical Spanish Sun...
I confess I'm totally ignorant about the well-hidden secret that had allowed El Sol for been the reference of the Madrilian nightlife scene for the past 20 years. The music is just fine, the drinks are unreasonably expensive and the decoration is nothing out of this world. Explanations aside a pact between the owners and the Devil seems less that probable. But still, the most heterogeneous crowd joins together in the place every single night of the year (notice I'm not saying every weekend night)...
Actually, one of my most fervent passions is "cerrar El Sol", meaning to remain at the place until the music is over (6 A.M) and the security guys of the local indicates you the exit ;-)
Dress Code: Quite open: trendy, casual...every style seems to fit there.
- School Holidays
Kapital: A weekend in Kapital!
Thursday night in Kapital - don't do it!!! We arrived there about 2 o'clock and it was still so dead... whether we were too early, I don't know, but we left at 3. There was no-one on the dance floor at all! Went back reluctantly on friday night at about 3 oclock - what a difference :P It was a great night of dancing, although Spanish men seem to think that us English-speaking girls are incredibly easy since at least 4 guys pulled out something from their back pocket... a good slap was in order! We ended up going back on the Saturday night - and it was even better again.. we went to veldea for a bit of r 'n'b beforehand, so it was late enough getting in, but it was still packed. Be warned if you wear a skirt though girls, every once in a while, a gush of dry ice comes down from the ceiling on the main dance floor...great nightclub though!
Dress Code: Smart... no different to Ireland.
- School Holidays
Discos: Dance till you drop
As I have been accused recently to be a “bailongo” (I will not provide a translation for this term :-p), I’ve just decided to present right now my favorite “dance all night” spot in Madrid. Larios Café has two completely different floors. The ground floor has a unique and excellent decoration, which I personally found similar (or influenced) to the Gaudy style. There’s also live Cuban music until 3 a.m.
The lower floor is a typical disco dance floor, the kind of place that a friend of mine usually describes as a “meet market”. I usually prefer the first floor, but it dependents on my mood. Sometimes I prefer to be downstairs, you know ;-)
Dress Code: I will dare to suggest you to visit the nearest Zara store before appearing there ;-)
- School Holidays
Yasta Club: Yabasta!!
I hesitated before placing this tip in the Nightlife section, and not in the “Warnings and Dangers” one, but after all, Yasta is a nightclub and a good example of the chameleonic Madrid party scene.
When I was in my teens (not so long ago, if you were wondering), this used to be the reference disco for the Goth local people. Then, after been closed during some years, it suddenly become a tacky “rave party” disco club, with scary gorillas in the entrance and frenetic music… not the kind of place to bring a date, if you know what I mean ;-)
And in it last “mutation” it has become an eclectic-techno music-disco. Their flyer (in the picture) suggest that you could explore there the “artistic frontiers of the psicodelic” … whatever that means.
Anyway they are open until very, very, very late (10 AM), so it is an option if you are a morning party person. ;-)
Joy Eslava: they will eventually play what you like
I randomly walked in this club, after some arm-twisting by two other travelers I met. I would say it is more of a dress to impress club, rather elegant, with two other balcony style floors overlooking the main floor and stage. They genre’s changed every hour or so, I heard R&B/top 40, to house, to some local music.
I was pleasantly surprised when we were kicked off of the stage while dancing, for 2 flamenco shows. (around 1:45 and 3:30am)
Very stiff and expensive drinks, about $10, and there was a $10 to $20 cover. I left at about 4:30 and the place was still packed.
Dress Code: dress to impress.
Joy Eslava: Nighttime
Joy Eslava. A massive, three-tiered disco with three bars, laser lights, and live dance shows. Music includes disco, techno, R&B, and salsa. Attracts a well-dressed crowd. Cover US $12. Open nightly 11:30 pm-5:30 am.
Dress Code: well-dressed ppl.
Palacio de Gaviria
This old palace near the Puerta del Sol was recently opened as a disco, keeping the main structure of the house (aisles, high ceilings, wooden floors...) Before 23:00h, the entrance is free. After that hour, 9 euros (15 on weekends).
On Thursdays a lot of foreign students living in Madrid meet there, so you can speak english that night. Tuesdays, salsa. Wednesdays, tango.
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