Whatever your age, preferences or style, you will always find something to do in Madrid at night. With its vibrating environment, the capital of Spain offers a wide variety of options to suit all tastes.
An excellent way to start the night could be a dinner out. Depending what kind of dinner do you want and how much are you willing to spend, you can either choose a bar, a cafeteria or a restaurant in Madrid (there is a huge variety serving either international or traditional Spanish cuisine). The last two are ideal for lighter meals or "tapas" that might go from bocadillos or tortilla to pizza. Cafeterias usually close early (before midnight) while bars remain open a little more. In both cases the environments are very familiar and many people attend with their children.
Pubs and bars are the ideal places to go for some drinks after dinner. There are all kind of pubs, from traditional Spanish pubs to Irish pubs. Pubs are usually dominated by music and they remain open until around 3 a.m. The style and decoration could vary depending the kind of public they receive; some are characterized by very young customers while others attract a more adult public. Some pubs (known as disco pubs) have a little dance floor where people dance at a certain stage of the night.
Another not to miss option are the Tablaos. These are little bars ideal to have a drink (and sometimes also a light meal is served but not in all cases) and enjoy a Flamenco show. There are very intimate places of little tables and a small stage where performers play, sing and dance the most typical Spanish music.
For those willing to go on till morning, nightclubs are the perfect places to go. Many nightclubs have different dance floors where different genres are played. They remain open until 6 or 7 a.m. and even though electronic music has become the most popular style in the last years, there are nightclubs of all kind including those of Latin music, rock or pop.
Some of the top nightclubs in Madrid are:
• Café Rock corto Maltés: a temple of electronic music where resident and guest DJ’s impress dancers with varied programs.
• Kapital: a huge and elegant disco with seven floor where different music from pop to electronic can be danced.
• Fabrik: another e-music venue famous for its technological environment.
• Ohm: a trendy house disco highly frequented by gay public.
• Pacha: a worldwide classic loved by locals and tourists.
• Speakeasy: another trendy place where you can play pool or enjoy national or Latin music as well as funk at its different dance floors.
As per where and when to go out in Madrid, it is important to keep in mind that in this city, clubs, pubs and bars tend to attract different kinds of public depending on the neighborhood they are located. Moncloa for example has a university public, due to the proximity of colleges; Castellana Recoletos and Huertas Santa Ana are famous for their excellent bars and attract people around 30 while Chueca has a majority of Gay establishments.
Regarding calendar schedules, Madrid has a vivid nightlife all along the year and all the days of the week. Most nightclubs open from Thursday to Sunday (there are some exceptions) and on this period pubs and bars tend to remain open until later. Holidays and its previous days are an exception, since during those days most of the people tend to go out. Much more movement ican be seen in the streets and usually special events and parties are held.
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