Great question, easy answer! Nightlife is everywhere in Madrid and it is safe. Here are my recommendations.
Nightlife in Madrid neighborhoods
- Sol – where free shots, drink promotions and international people come together. Sol has a mix of pubs and discotecas of all price
ranges and atmosphere.
- Malasaña – Punk bars, craft beer pubs and hipster vibes are what Malasana is notorious for. Many people sell beers in the street and people sit together to enjoy them in plazas such as Plaza dos de Mayo.
- Chamberi – Calle Ponzano, posh tapas bars line the street. A great area to start your night.
- Salamanca – Madrid’s most posh clubs are located in the Salamanca neighborhood. If you are looking for a late night out, Salamanca is the place to be.
Best bars in Madrid
- La Fontana de Oro – this traditional Irish pub has live music on the
- Café Belen – This romantic nook, has small candle lit tables tables. Perfect for an intimate low key night. Great selection of music at the perfect volume to where you can maintain a conversation.
- La Bicicleta - It’s a café during the day and bar at night. They have table sizes to accommodate any type of group size.
Best nightclubs in Madrid
- Gabana – for young party goers, Gabana’s commercial hits playlist and
lush walls will keep you partying till the next morning. Its high class profile has people waiting out the door even before the club is full. Wednesdays are special day for students.
- Arts Club - a fancy Salamanca restaurant turns into a club afterhours. It attracts some of the most elite in the city. Great music, food and drinks if you are willing to pay the price
- Graf - To enter this club you must be over the age of 25. A hip new spot for the cities clubbers. Make sure to arrive early, because after 4 am the club almost always reaches capacity.
Best places to see live music
- Toni – For the mature crowd this piano bar keeps the music and cocktails flowing. Listen to a live piano player for hours, it’s surely a great time.
- El Junco Jazz Club – If you are looking for a place to see live music and continue the party all night, El Junco is the place to be. All kinds of jazz artists perform here and after their performance a DJ doesn’t stop the jam session
- Café La Palma – Since the 1980s this has been a hip spot for the alternative crowd. They now host local bands, DJs in a relaxing vibe hangout vibe.
If you just want to relax, Circulo de Bellas Artes terrace is a pretty cool area for drinks and offers best panoramic views at night.
The best cocktails with top DJs in attendance are without doubt at the Gran Via located, art deco Museo Chicote
For gin, go to Bristol Bar in Cheuca (+34 91 522 4568). The crowd is trendy and the gin list is huge!
If you like rooftops, head to Jardín Secreto on Calle Montera (between Gran Via and Sol). This bar is small and does not boast fantastic views. But it has a lot of character because the crowd is your everyday Madrid resident.