bars & clubs
Madrid enjoys the reputation of being the
city with the longest nights in Europe. You will find bars, pubs
and discos throughout the city, it is impossible for us to list
all of them here, but we can guarantee that there is something interesting
for everyone. The same applies for restaurants: you will find everything
from simple pubs to true gourmet temples and of course the popular
tapas bars. Here a small selection of the most popular localities.
The cuisine is very international, you
will find almost every country on the culinary world map of the
city. The selection grows constantly and even though Asian, South-American
and African restaurants gain slowly in popularity, it is still the
restaurants offering traditional cuisine that are the number one
for locals as well as tourists.
If you are searching for a special experience,
we can recommend the restaurant Botín, which opened its doors
in 1725 and is registered as worlds oldest restaurant in the Guiness
Book of Records. It is said that Goya worked in this restaurant
before he become famous, and that Hemingway was a regular guest.
It is a tourist magnet but you will also find locals enjoying the
Address: Cuchilleros 17, close to Plaza Mayor
You can enjoy the exquisite salad buffet but also eat warm à
la carte. Guests can choose from a range of creative dishes. After
dinner everyone waits for the gogo-show, which makes it also a very
popular place for bachelorette parties. An unforgettable evening
Addresses: C/Gran Vía 1, C/Infante 5
Subway: Sevilla, Sol
This paella restaurant is definitely worth a visit. You sit on round
tables in a room decorated as garden and eat from big paella pans.
Wonderful atmosphere and relatively reasonable prices: an insider
Address: C/Moratín 22
Subway: Anton Martín
A classic since 1917 – even though you are (almost) only offered
chicken and salad – and sidra (cider) to drink. The Madrilenians
love it and sit on one of the many tables on the street when the
weather is good.
Address: Paseo de la Florida 34
Subway : Príncipe Pío
Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas
The caves of Luis Candelas is one of the oldest taverns in Madrid.
You can settle back on one of the wooden benches and enjoy tapas
and sangria or you can walk further into the caves and reach the
restaurant, where you are offered specialities from the grill.
Address: C/ Cuchilleros 1
El Corral de la Morería
– Flamenco Restaurant
The oldest flamenco show restaurant in Madrid. This “tablao
flamenco” restaurant offers exquisite cuisine and performances
of outstanding artists e.g. Blanca del Rey, Antonio Gades, Lucero
Tena, Pastora Imperio, Mario Maya also called “el Güito”.
Make a reservation!
Address: C/ Moreria 17
Tapas bars are to be found throughout the city and there is nothing
better than enjoying delicious appetizers after an exhausting shopping
spree. The inexpensive way of indulgence!
A tapas bar in the most popular street of the district of Lavapíes.
In summer you can sit on tables outside and enjoy the famous ensaladilla
rusa (Russian salad) – the best of Madrid according to a survey
of a local magazine!
Address: C/Argumosa 17
Museo de Jamón
A chain that has also stores in Madrid. The name “museo”
might come from the fact that dried ham hangs from the ceiling.
Here you can find tapas – surprise, surprise - made of ham!
Addresses: Gran Vía 72; Alcalá 55; Atocha 54; Marcelo
Usera 14; Escoriaza 1;Alcorcon
El Txoko (Taberna Vasca)
One of the best tapas bars in Madrid specialising in Basque cuisine.
Friendly atmosphere but always crowded. The entrance of the bar
is to be found in the basement of a traditional Basque building.
Address: C/Jovellanos 3
Subway : Sevilla
More tapas bars at: http://www.softdoc.es/madrid_guide/eatingout/tapas.html
(English) and http://www.softdoc.es/guia_madrid/comer/tapas/tapas1.html
– La Biotika
A popular vegetarian restaurant in the area of Huertas with relatively
reasonable menus. You will find macrobiotic vegetarian cuisine,
especially vegetarian burgers. Make a reservation before visiting
Address: C/Amor de Dios 3
Subway: Antón Martín
If you are looking for a quick bite, you can try
the Spanish fast food chains
e.g. Vips, which is also
a supermarket, café, book shop, etc. Find a variety of sandwiches
(bocadillos) and salads at Pans
& Company or Rodilla.
Specialities of Madrid
Typical dishes of the city are the Cocido Madrileño, a stew
made of noodles, chickpeas, meat and vegetables and the Callos Madrileños,
tripes with blood sausage or bacon and chickpeas. Sopa de Ajo, garlic
soup is also very popular. You will often find beef and lamb on
the menu as well as fresh fish and seafood, even though Madrid is
not surrounded by the sea. It is daily imported from the coast and
sold at the second biggest fish market in the world.
Bars and discos
The night life in Madrid is so versatile that we can guarantee that
everyone will find something for his taste. It is very common, like
everywhere in Spain, to go out very late. Most Spanish people start
the evening around 22 o’clock in a bar or in a tapas restaurant
and they leave it at 1 o’clock at the earliest. Most of them
stay until the bars close around 3 o’clock and then go dancing
in the clubs and discos until 7 o’clock when most of them
close. It is also very common to let the night die away over breakfast
in one of the many cafés.
The most popular area can be found around Plaza
Santa Ana. It is favoured among tourists, but there are also
lots of madrileños. You will find one bar next to the other.
Along the Castellana
you will find mainly chic bars and clubs and you can hardly see
students. The age group is 25 plus. Same is true for the district
of Retiro and Salamanca,
a meeting point of the pijos, the Spanish version of yuppies.
In the district of Malasaña
you can find a lot of simple bars with favourable prices and a very
young audience; it is clearly the favourite district of students
and pupils, who spend their nights in this area. Many rock concerts
take place here.
the district of gay people and very popular. You will find many
places with lively atmosphere.
Fans of Jazz and Salsa find their favourite places
in the district of Huertas.
You will find smaller bars and clubs with live music in the weekends.
Santa Ana – Huertas is one of the most popular districts to
go out in Madrid. Here you will see all age groups and nationalities
in the numerous bars and pubs.
In the district of La
Latina you have the possibility to enjoy wine and tapas and
move from one to the next cosy bar.
Also very popular among students and young people
are the districts of Alonso Martinez
and Argüelles – Moncloa.
Here a small selection of bars and discos.
This club attracts mainly a young audience between 19 and 27, as
it is located in the student area. You will find different types
of music and fiestas with fancy themes.
Address: C/ Julian Romea 4
Subway: Guzmán el Bueno
EL SOL (la sala
You can dance here in cool atmosphere to jazz and funk music. Between
Sunday and Thursday rock and pop concerts take place. Always crowded.
Address : C/ Jardines 3
Subway : Sol
Website : http://www.elsolmad.com/portada/home.php
This discotheque is one of the largest in Madrid with seven floors.
There is something for every taste, house, R&B, Salsa, etc.
You can chill out with a cold drink on the terrace.
Address: C/ Atocha 125
Subway : Atocha
PALACIO DE GAVIRIA
This club is to be found in a 19th century palace. Unique atmosphere,
different kinds of music and 100% party feeling, especially on Thursdays
at the international parties, when young people from all over the
world celebrate here. At the entrance you will get a sticker with
your home country, which definitely rises the flirt factor.
Address: C/ Arenal 9
Website : http://www.palaciogaviria.com/ingles/default.htm
A mixed audience from tourists and locals to models, actors, singers
and athletes parties here. It is one of the most famous clubs of
the city in the centre of Madrid.
Address: C/Arenal 11
Here a tip:
There is nothing better than churros con chololate (special pastry,
which has to be dipped into warm chocolate) after a night of partying.
One of the best places is the Chocolatería San Ginés
(Pasadizo San Ginés 5, Subway: Sol) directly in the centre.
As already mentioned, there is an endless number
of bars in Madrid, and it is definitely worth it to walk around
and discover the areas of Sol – Plaza Santa Ana – Huertas,
Malasaña and Alonso Martinez. You will certainly find your
favourite places there.
A bar where you can enjoy tapas and then dance the night away. Good
atmosphere and often very crowded!
Address: C/Victoria 5
Subway : Sol
A bar-disco to dance and have fun. It is located directly at Plaza
St. Ana, so you can conveniently enjoy the night life directly after
visiting some terraces.
Address: Plaza Santa Ana 5
This bar is worth a visit because of the painted tiles on the walls.
You can listen and dance to a lot of Spanish music. Mixed audience.
Address: C/ Manuel Fdez. González 7
Subway : Sevilla
A typical marcha- bar in Huertas to dance the night away. In the
weekends even after 5 o’ clock in the morning.
Address: C/Príncipe 16
Subway : Sevilla
In this bar you can dance until dawn to Spanish and international
music. Nice atmosphere and many Spanish people.
Address: Nuñez de Arce 8
Subway : Sol
The Bourbon Café
You can dance to international music and enjoy a copa (drink) at
the rustic bar. Many concerts take place here and every Wednesday
there is Noche Mexicana with a lot of tequila and Corona beer (in
Address : Carrera de San Jerónimo 5
This is a restaurant, café and cocktailbar. Upstairs you
can enjoy a drink and then go downstairs to dance. Latino atmosphere!
Address: Plaza de Canalejas 3
you get information about hot places in Madrids night life, cinema,
restaurants and other leisure activities. (in Spanish).