Quite small but good music and good crowd, bit cheesy but spent one good night there partying away till the early hours of the morning! Open every day and don't forget your free drink with entrance ticket...
Dress Code: Treeendy! ;)
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
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.
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!!!
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"
I would like to contribute with a extensive resume of nightclubs ordered by area and then by closing time (up to 4am, 6am or later):
- For concerts, visit: http://www.lanocheenvivo.com/actuacion_results.php
- Always leave your coat in the wardrobe, normally 1 euro.
- Madrid is well known for the "garrafon", bad alcohol that will make you have hangover the next day. This is one of the reasons botellon is so popular. I recommend a quick bottellon, and less drinking in the pubs (or beer, which is always safe)
- Standard closing time is 3am. Then you will need a club till 6am. It is best practice to leave the pub at 2.45am and head to the club a bit before the rest, if you want to safe the queues. This applies too if you plan to get a taxi back home.
- Most night buses leave from "Cibeles". So if you don't want to get a taxi and its before 6am (metro opening), walk yourself up to cibeles. There are also "BuhoMetro" night buses that simulates metro lines, look for the signs L1,L2,L3,etc in bus stops near any metro station.
- afterhours are bad news in madrid. The only exception I know is "Space of sound" but is quite far away (metro chamartin)
-- "Huertas" (metro sol)
+++up to 4am
Highest concentration of pubs and clubs in the city.
- You can start in a terrace in calle cadiz (from calle carretas, first left).
- "El negro" this bar hasn't got the name written, but it is called like that because the door is black. This is the only bar/club in madrid I know that doesn't have "bad alcohol". Chill out, cheap place, ideal to have the first drinks. Rock music. You can find old people with long beards here.
- Boca del Lobo (calle echergaray) - concerts (paying maybe 8euros) and dancing place afterwards. Funk, soul. Two floors but medium-sized.
- Cardamomo (calle echergaray)- some gypsies and non-gypsies dance true flamenco and some salsa here. If you know some flamenco and want to move a bit, this is THE place.
- For a bit of salsa dancing - El Son (calle Fernando VI, 21) or La Negra Tomasa (C/ Espoz y Mina)
- Bourbon cafe (carrera de san geronimo) - some jazz jam sessions. its a relatively big place but somehow it feels kind of empty
- La comedia (calle del pincipe) 10 euros? Hip-hop, funky. people dance. maybe too many people for its size.
- Sweet (calle del doctor cortezo, off tirso de molina square) paying. commercial and house music. young people. quite big. not difficult to flirt.
- BlackJack (calle del principe) 8-10 euro. Big place, two floors. Commercial spanish and international music. Locals tend to not like this place. Kind of the "there is nothing else place".
- Palacio de gaviria (calle arenal). Well known among turists and locals, specially on thursdays. Paying. Quite big. 4 different dancing areas with different music (commertial, techno, salsa and commertial-funk). Not difficult to flirt. No sneakers. Locals tend to not like this place.
- Joy eslava (calle del arenal) posh, expensive, elitist disco. Never been there.
-- Malasaña (metro tribunal) (student, punkest, relatively cheap area, relaxed music)
++up to 4am (most of them)
- Via Lactea (calle velarde). One of the best known places, very very popular. indie, rock music. some places to sit (if you are lucky). no dancing.
- ***er (calle san vicente ferrer). Small place. really good blacksploitation, funky music.
- Cafe la palma (calle la palma) very well known place. concerts in the early hours. sitting down. chatting.
++up to 6am
- Sirocco (calle san dimas, a bit further away, off calle la palma). Concerts in the early hours. Electronic quality music. Quite small but good atmosfere.
- El barco (calle el barco, off from san idelfonso square). Paying. House and funk music. People dance a lot here. Maybe too hot and packed. One of the best for flirting for this area
- Tabu (calle san vicente ferrer, i think). Entrance fee. originally decorated, the place is big but has a small dancing area. Trendy people. House, tribal, drummy music. Sometimes late at night "spontaeous" and quick music performances.
- Pacha (calle barcelo). Very well known posh disco. House and techno. dressing code.
- But (calle barcelo) next to Pacha. 12 euros. Huge place, well decorated. As many other clubs, it changes its name and music depending on day (Love, Spandau, Super, ...) Normally hardcore-house. Go-go's and performances. A place for "cool" people.
- Leidy Pepa (Calle de San Lorenzo 5). Restaurant and chill out from 5am. Speciality: spaguetti. A piano and maybe a guitar player. Knock on the door to enter.
-- Alonso Martinez
++up to 4am
- Areia (calle hortaleza). Chill out posh and expensive place with some laying down couches. Cocktails and eating. Nice.
- Honky tonk (Calle Covarrubias, 24). Tiny and packed bar with groovy and black-funk music. dancing.
- San mateo (calle san mateo). well known standard spanish pub. commercial spanish music.
++up to 6am
- EL JUNKO (PLAZA DE SANTA BARBARA WITH CALLE DE SANTA TERESA). THIS IS MY PREFERED CLUB. 10 EURO. JAZZ CONCERTS EVERYDAY, THEN AMAZING FUNK. EASY TO FLIRT, WITH A NICE PERCENTAGE OF MEN/WOMEN RATIO. EXPENSIVE. BAD ALCOHOL. LOTS OF DANCING IN A RELAXED AND FRIENDLY ATMOSFERE.
-- Avenida de Brasil (metro Santiago Bernabeu)
+++ up to 6am
- LOLITA (CALLE MANUEL DE FALLA 3, FROM SANTIAGO BERNABEU, GO NORTH ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF CASTELLANA (LEAVING THE STADIUM ON YOUR RIGHT), SECOND STREET ON YOUR RIGHT). I REALLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. TWO FLOORS WITH DIFFERENT MUSIC (80'S DANCE AND LOUNGE). POSH PEOPLE, BUT RELAXED AND NO DRESS CODE. FREE ENTRANCE!!. EASY FLIRTING IF YOU DANCE. NICE DECOR. CLOSING TIME IS UNPREDICTABLE (FROM 4.30AM TO 6 AM).
- Moby Dick (avenida de brasil, ask anyone). Concerts in the early hours. Then pop-electronic music or maybe funk, very danceable. Expensive. Free entrance!.
- Irish Rover (avenida de brasil, next to MobyDick). Big irish pub, with terrace on summer. Concerts. free entrance.
- La Nuit (orense 10) It is imposible not to be given a flier of this club if you wonder around the area, this fact still puzzles me. Meat market. Open everyday, and always packed. Easy girls. Music: sorry, i cant remember.
- Several clubs in the "bajos de orense". Down some stairs that are just at santiago bernabeu, you access a bunch of clubs. No sneakers. No group of guys only. Easy to flirt. Commercial music with some reggaeton, commercial salsa, etc.
- A bit further up, you have calle Alberto Alcocer. You have two good clubs here: Moe's and 69 Petalos. Moes is a two-floor dancing-funky place, free entrance, and concerts. 69 Petalos is a posh trendy club with performances, you have to pay 12euros and wait a huge queue. Danceable 80's and electronic music. I hate it when the owner speaks constantly on the microphone. Nice decor.
-- Gran Via
This is the heart of the club-scene. You will have to pay on all of them.
+++up to 4am
- "El perro de la parte de atras del coche" (calle de la puebla 13, perpendicular to calle del barco) Funny name and fun place. Soul-funky music. Quite nice. Closes at 4.30
+++up to 6am
- SALA SOL (CALLE DE LOS JARDINES, OFF MONTERA) PROBABLY THE MOST WELL KNOW PLACE IN THE AREA. IF YOU HAD ONLY ONE NIGHT IN MADRID I WOULD END UP HERE. BEWARE!, HUGE QUEUES AFTER 3AM. MUSIC: DEPENDS A BIT ON THE NIGHT, MAYBE ELECTRO-POP, MAYBE GROOVY-FUNK, ALWAYS GOOD. EMPTY BEFORE 2AM. PACKED AFTER 3AM.
- Ohm (plaza de callao). Saturdays is very gay. Fridays is gay-friendly. I really recommend this place but only if you enjoy dancing house. Friendly atmosphere and lots of fun.
- Flamingo (Calle Mesonero Romanos, 13). Indie / electro-Pop / Rock. Gothic night on saturdays.
- low (Plaza de los Mostenses 11, metro plaza de españa). huge club. huge queues. expensive. dj's. electro hardcore.
- Yasta (calle valverde). If you like trance.
- Others: cool, the room, the moon (this one closes at 8): house, djs, trendy
-- La latina
Considered more as an early hours (evenings and up to 3am) area, with beautiful alleys and churches and lots of outdoors terraces when the weather permits. But has lots of really nice bars and clubs too, only that scattered all over the area.
+++ up to 4am
- Marula. (calle bailen 27, down a steppy road just on one extreme of the aqueduct and then down some stairs). 10euros. Quite small and packed. Funk. 50% girls. Easy to flirt.
- Contra club (calle bailen, on the same extreme of the aqueduct, but on top of it). More funk. 10euros.
- Barbu (calle santiago 3, closer to metro opera and sol, perpendicular to calle mayor). Big place with two floors and different music. Electronic-dance and rock.
- kathmandu (Señores de Luzón 3, perpendicular to calle mayor). reggae, jungle, hip-hop, jazzy funk. 10euros. Quite packed. I don't like it because the dance floor is quite small.
Don't have more time to review this areas:
Salamanca: The posh area of madrid.
Moncloa: Students and younger people hang out here.
Chueca: Gay realm.
In my first meeting in Madrid, we finished here. It is in Santa Ana Street, and we had a great time, as you can see at the photos lol
I have to say that I had never been again, but never say never
Nice place for dance
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 ;-)
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. ;-)
Black Star is one of the place in the city where you can find very good music to dance, playing top pop releases, spanish music and funky. Is not a big place so it gets crowdy easily, however, depending on the day, you get more space or you don´t.
Dress Code: Casual
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