I didnt go out much while living in Madrid - but when I did my (Spanish) friends took me to clubs/bars/discos around the area of Alonzo Martinez, which was really a great area - as far as I remember anyway - since it being more than a year ago since I was there :-)
Mybe you have heard somewhere about the "movida" in Madrid. Well, this tip migh also be put in the "Historical tips", as it was far away...
Back in the 1975-1985 decade, after Franco's Dictatorship, a group of young madrilians started to gather at night in clubs as ROCK-OLA, EL SOL... and make fresh new songs, cinema, paintings... These were wild years, after the repression of Franco, following the punks steps. Out of all this came out artists that nowadays are part of the establishment, as Radio Futura, Mecano, Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Alaska...
I still remember that nights at RockOla, those were my first days in Madrid and I really had a good time :-))
Dress Code: PS.: Rock-Ola Club is now a supermarket :-(((
Night life in Madrid is really wild. You have many possibilities to choose: from romantic soirées to dancing parties with the local jet set in posh clubs. But for me, the most outstanding fact about nightlife in Madrid is the people that seem to invade the city at night. It is well known that you can experience real traffic jams in Madrid at 4.00 AM and the whole night. People coming and going, desperately seeking for fun.
The years of the infamous "movida" well gone by, Madrid's nights might have become less innovative and provocative, but by no means less fun. Just watching all kinds of people walk on the Gran Vía is interesting enough.
There are many people who say that Madrid were Europe's capital of Night Life. Certainly this page doesn't offer enough room to treat the subject profoundly, but be sure: here you will find something for your taste - whatever taste you may have ...
Find below a few hints, about which regions are among the preferred ones by Madrid's "Nomades of the Night", and don't be surprised if somewhere, at 4 a.m. or so, you will get involved in a traffic jam. Madrileños, like all Spaniards in general, don't stay in the same local for all the night, they prefer to change all the time, from one to the other. However, at 4 a.m. few people are on their way to work!
Dress Code: As you wish
In Madrid there are many places to party, you can be 24 hours a day the 365 days of the year going from one place to another having fun.
All depends on what you want nd your Idea of having fun, but I'm sure you will find your place in Madrid.
People in Mdrid start to go out late, maybe for a cofee at around 8pm or some Cañas(beers) , then have supper and around 1am to club. Notice that most of the bars and pubs close at around 2:30 to 3:00am those places are usually free entrance but if you want to follow the night you must go to a club, they will ask you for money (you usually pay the minimum comsumtion alcohol included) some clubs have special or reduction pases that you can find on cafés or pubs and from people on the streets (public relations).
Dress Code: Sneakers is oftent the excuse to don't let you get in.
Very huge, diffent rooms have different music and dancing going on. We usually hung out at the most popular disco tech in madrid, drinks are expensvie, so we would drink some beforehand and buy only a few there. After we got tired of dancing we would go to this irish pub, like the only one in madrid and just socialize and drink.
Dress Code: Dress to impress.
Madrid’s renowned late-night scene really took off with la movida madrileña in the late 1970s, when the end of the Franco era produced an explosion of artistic creativity combined with a long-suppressed desire to indulge in pure hedonistic enjoyment. Although the true movida has passed, nightlife still remains a pretty serious phenomenon – this is the only city in Europe where you can get caught in traffic jams at 4am, when clubbers are either going home or moving on to the dance-past-dawn discos.
For drinking and chatting there’s a bewildering variety of venues to choose from : cafés, cervecerías (beer specialists), coctelerías (cocktail bars), champagnerías (champagne bars), tabernas (old-style taverns), bares de copas (bars mainly serving spirits) and a new wave of Irish bars.
For later evening diversion, the mainstays of the Madrid scene are the discobares – bars of all musical and sexual persuasion, whose unifying feature is background (occasionally live) rock, dance or salsa music and usually a small dance floor. These don’t generally make an admission charge, but drinks are more expensive than in other bars; they get going around 11pm and stay open till 2am or 3am. Discotecas are rarely worth investigating until around 1 or 2am. They aren’t always that different from discobares, though they tend to be bigger and flashier, with a lot of attention to lights, sound system and decor, and they stay open very late – most until 4am, some till 6am. In summer, many of the trendier clubs suspend operations and set up all-night outdoor terrazas, which are effectively open-air discos.
If you’re up for it 'after hours' venues open at between 5 and 6am and keep going until late morning when you can grab some chocolate con churros before finally heading home to bed.
Madrid never sleeps!
Just avoid some streets going from Puerta del Sol to Gran Via at night, but go to the barrio de Salamanca (also near Puerta del Sol), or Chueca (gay area).
As the dinner is beginning at 10 pm, you have all the time to enjoy la noche madrileña!
Dress Code: smart but not formal!
Madrid is a great city to go for a walk at night. Many of the major sights like Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real and the fountains are lighted up and are really enjoyable to see at night.