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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Madrid Nightlife


Sipping a drink on one of Madrid’s many terraces is the essence of marcha Madrileña, the city’s famed nightlife; the lantern-lit patio of this Hindu-inspired club is tops with fashionistas.

Estación de Atocha, 011-34-91-524-1144, (Spanish only)
Tags: nightlife | trendy | patio | cover charge | electronica

Casa Patas

A night at a tablao (flamenco club) is one of Madrid’s musts; this upscale institution, often hosting big-name performers, is a great spot to experience the fiery music and dance from southern Spain.

Calle Cañizares 10, 011-34-91-369-0496, (Spanish only)
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | local favorite | flamenco

Del Diego

Sample Diego’s famous dry martinis, or another of the 50+ varieties of terrific cocktails, in an intimate wood-and-steel interior.

Calle de la Reina 12, 011-34-91-523-3106
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar

Espacio Flamenco

On weekends, this flamenco shop doubles as a tablao (flamenco club) but otherwise offers a variety of dancing, playing, and singing classes.

Ribera de Curtidores 26, Local 4, 011-34-91-298-1912,
Tags: nightlife | flamenco

La Soleá

Impromptu jams entice passersby to this laid-back, informal flamenco joint.

Calle Cava Baja 34, 011-34-91-366-0534
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | flamenco

Museo Chicote

Since pioneering the city’s bar scene in 1931, this Art Deco classic has hosted a string of luminaries, like Hemingway, Bette Davis, and Frank Sinatra, and still attracts a mixed crowd for its great cocktails.

Gran Vía 12, 011-34-91-532-6737, (Spanish only)
Tags: nightlife | historic | things to do | bar

Reina Bruja

At Madrid’s hottest club of the moment, a good-looking crowd gets down to groovy tunes amidst the columns, multicolored lighting, and wavy walls of this design-conscious spot.

Calle Jacometrenzo 6, 011-34-91-542-8193, (Spanish only)
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | trendy | dancing | nightclub | dj | electronica

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