Nightlife – If you are a night owl,
then you will find Madrid a paradise. Many of the
city’s restaurants don’t open until eight
or nine o’clock in the evening. Some other nighttime
establishments don’t open until the early hours
of the morning.
If you are looking for things to do and places to
go then you need look no further than the Plaza
de Santa Bárbara, the Glorieta de
Bilbao and Alonso Martínez. These areas house
a large number of popular bars, pubs, fast food restaurants
and ice cream parlours for tourists to enjoy at their
However, if you are looking for a younger, student
atmosphere, then you would be wise to try out the
bars in the districts of Arguelles and Moncloa.
Those who travel to Malasaña,
in the vicinity of the Plaza de Dos de Mayo, will
find countless cafés and bars with live music,
in addition to moderately priced restaurants.
Many other quality restaurants and popular night
spots can be found in Paseo de la Castellana,
Paseo de Recoletos and Paseo del Prado. If you travel
to Madrid in the summer months, you will also find
many open-air terraces in the areas of the Paseo de
la Castellana and the Parque del Oeste.
Calle de Claudio Coello 10
This bar has a castle-like interior and suits a smart,
older crowd, and is ideal for those who are looking
for a relaxing but entertaining night out.
Grand Vía 12
This is Madrid’s most famous cocktail bar and
has preserved its 1930s interior – it is easy
to imagine American novelist Ernest Hemingway liked
relaxing here during the Civil War.
Calle Echegaray 17
This is a respectable bar for a young, chic clientele,
but was once a brothel run by gypsies. The atmosphere
is fun and lively, and it is a great place to spend
a night out.
Calle Barceló 11. Gabana 1800, Calle de Velázquez
This highly popular nightclub is a venue aimed at
the uber-stylish 20 and 30-somethings – if the
bouncer allows admission. Entry to this club is hard,
but the energetic dance and techno music is worth
it if you get in.
Avenida de Brasil 5, Castellana district
This venue plays live pop and rock on weekdays and
hosts DJs (reggae and rap) at weekends. It has a good,
mixed crowd, where everyone is made to feel welcome.
The Irish Rover Pub
Avenida de Brasil 7
This quirky and homely pub imports Irish, folk and
country music, and is ideal for those who are looking
for a casual and entertaining night out.