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Madrid Nightlife Hotspots - Mag Soundclub

Madrid Nightlife Hotspots

The must-visit nightlife districts in Madrid
June 18, 2022
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Madrid is filled with diverse partying spots for an unforgettable night out. 

From the super fashionable Barrio de Salamanca to the laid-back Calle Huertas, these nightlife hotspots in Madrid are a must-visit for locals and curious tourists alike. 

Here’s your essential guide to the best nightlife spots in Madrid.

1. La Latina

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Start off your adventure in the city by visiting one of the liveliest Madrid hotspots – La Latina. Situated right in the Central District of Madrid, the bustling barrio is filled to the brim with nightlife ventures. Jam-packed bars, lively nightclubs, and iconic flamenco venues, anyone? We know you’re all here for it.

When in La Latina, set foot in Mercado de San Miguel for a pre-drinking session and local drunk foods. Despite its touristy atmosphere, you can find all kinds of Spanish food under one roof – from jamon to croquetas.

The district is home to some of Madrid’s most energetic nightlife spots. From racy shows at Berlin Cabaret (the much trendier Shoko Madrid) to the jazz and hip-hop-influenced Contraclub, this quintessential neighborhood is pretty much a party haven.

If you’re a rookie in Madrid’s nightlife scene, La Latina is the place to be. Feel free to visit it during daytime to chill at its tapa bars or at night time to hop from one club to another – either way, you will remember it forever.

2. Malasaña

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For all things alternative and bohemian, the cultural Malasaña is your next stop. You will find the neighborhood sheltered in the north-western area of Centro Madrid, the district where the legendary La Movida countercultural wave took place in the 1980s.

Bubbling with life, the district has become a testament to culture shifts. Would one expect less from a neighborhood that redefined Spain’s art scene? Malasaña morphed into a hipster area filled with intimate clubs and retro bars, giving a home to a thriving alternative scene.

As soon as you set foot in the neighborhood, you will find corner bars like El Penta, the epicenter of the Movida cultural movement. Other bars you should tick off your bucket list include the 1862 Dry Bar, famous for its signature cocktails. If you are into bubbly alcohol, there’s Fábrica Maravillas, a brewpub specializing in artisan beers. 

Whether you consider yourself a hipster, a bohemian, an indie kid, or someone who is more interested in the alternative appeal of Madrid’s nightlife scene, Malasaña is a nightlife hotspot you should go to once the sun goes down.

3. Barrio de Salamanca

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Looking for all things luxury and opulence? Barrio de Salamanca is Madrid’s most lavish area, spanning across the Chamartin and Salamanca districts.

The hotspot is famous for its massive mansions and posh nightlife scene. But what makes it a highly sought-after destination is Golden Mile Madrid, a high-end shopping district filled with designer boutiques, art galleries,  and everything bourgeoisie – imagine Champs-Élysées, but make it Spanish. 

Barrio de Salamanca is home to upscale restaurants with international cuisine at their core, such as StreetXo. Other eateries include the Italian restaurant Numa Pompilio Restaurante and Tandoori Station, a classic Indian bistro.

Partying is an absolute must if you ever visit this Madrid hotspot. Le Boutique Club is the cosmopolitan staple where fashion and electronic beats meet. For a chill live music session El Callejon de Serrano’s the place to be. If you’re in the mood for some excitement, rock bands and soul DJ sets at ThunderCat Club will pump you up.

Showcasing its real magic during nighttime, this lavish hotspot is always brimming with tourists and Madrid’s elite.

4. Calle Huertas

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As a main street in the downtown Centro district of Madrid, Calle Huertas is home to arhitectural treats and an overall vintage vibe. 

Also dubbed the Literary Quarter, the district was once the home of famous residents such as Miguel de Cervantes and Francisco de Quevedo. Watch your step – you’ll find famous literature quotes from the 15th and 16th centuries marked on pavements.

Because of its multifaceted glamor, there’s a variety of nightlife spots you can check out. From Café Central, the laid-back jazz club with a sidewalk terrace, to Sunset 80s, the 1970s-themed bar that puts nostalgic music on a pedestal.

As one of the most popular nightlife hotspots in Madrid, Calle Huertas has become the favorite of foreign students and tourists alike. The international appeal of this area is deeply rooted in its diverse range of bars and clubs.

There’s always something to do at Calle Huertas. It doesn’t matter if it is day or night – all you have to do is walk along its parallel streets and explore the mish-mash of musical genres oozing from this district.

5. Chueca

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Madrid’s very own gay district, Chueca, offers a wide array of bars and clubs that are mainly catered to the LGTBQ community.

Situated right next to Malasaña, this small district has a lot of character to it. To get warmed up, head down to Plaza de Chueca – there are a bunch of terraces you can chill at before the big night-out mood settles in.

For all things clubbing, you can head down to Bearbie Madrid and Delirio for the ultimate gay dance club experience – yes, pop hits and drag queens are included in the package. Alternatively, you can check out Fulanita de Tal, typically visited by lesbian crowds who enjoy casual live music.

If you like parties that never stop, the high-spirited Chueca is the go-to spot for its themed celebrations. Queer people, LGBT allies and tourists who want to see the other face of Madrid are always strolling Chueca’s streets. 

Time is relative in this offbeat area since it is a must-visit hotspot during both daytime and nighttime.

6. Lavapies

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Thanks to its grungy and multicultural atmosphere, Lavapies oozes with rhythms that stem from an international vibe.

Situated right in the central regions of Madrid, the district has become a favorite for hipsters looking for different alternative spots outside of Malasaña.

Lavapies is a Madrid hotspot that you must hit if you’re hunting for an Instagrammable backdrop. 

Culture is a big thing in this district. One of its most prominent social and cultural centers, La Casa Encendida, typically holds DJ sessions on its terrace during summertime.

As for nightlife, fans of electro-indie music can head down to Club 33, and LGBTQ hotspots in Lavapies. There’s also the massive Media Puri, with three different rooms playing dance, soul, R&B, and disco music.

Thanks to its cultural appeal, the area is a preferred hotspot among local hipsters and creatives. Lavapies showcases its magic throughout the day – it doesn’t matter if you visit it in the early morning or when the sun goes down.

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