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Madrid: Concerts and live music at bars

Madrid has many halls and bars that offer live music, with rock and jazz being the most frequently found genres. Most have a closed cover charge that ranges from 7 to 15€, and the places that do not have a cover charge, usually have more expensive drink prices. It is also common to have the Irish bars offering live music from Thursday to Saturday. One of the most popular is Irish Rover (Avenida de Brasil 7. Metro Santiago Bernabéu).

Jazz in Madrid: Calle 54
Jazz music at Bogui Jazz. Madrid
Jazz music in Madrid: Segundo Jazz Club
Live music at Café Jazz Populart, Madrid
Live music at sala Siroco, Madrid
Live music at Clamores, Madrid

We will provide a list of the locales known for their live shows. For more information on Flamenco, visit our section of Flamenco in Madrid. For the show schedule, check Web sites like Metrópoli or La Netro.

Restaurants, bars and halls with live jazz

Madrid is a city with a strong affinity for jazz. Proof of that is found in the high number of bars and restaurants that offer jazz shows. The majority are located in the downtown area of Madrid and usually do not charge a cover fee. Some of the more well known are:

Calle 54 (Paseo de la Habana 3. Metro Nuevos Ministerios)

Since its opening in the 90s the restaurant Calle 54 has made itself into the reference point for jazz in Madrid. It offers live jazz shows Monday through Saturday after 11 p.m. One can enjoy the concerts while having dinner or a drink at the bar. The locale has two floors – the lower holds the jazz club and the upper holds a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant. The dicor of both floors is original and modern with a touch of color, a design created by the famed Javier Mariscal. There is no cover charge and the program changes monthly.

Café Central (Plaza del Angel 10. Metro Sol)

With 25 years of experience, the Café Central restaurant is one of the most well known jazz clubs in Madrid. Every day after 10 p.m. it offers live shows that vary weekly. Generally, there is a cover charge of 10€. The menu offers traditional Spanish food with a good selection of wines. The tasting menu is 10€. If one does not want to dine, the show can be enjoyed with a coffee or drink instead.

Berlín Jazz Café (Calle Jacometrezo 4. Metro Callao)

The Berlín Jazz Café is one of the most famous jazz spots in Madrid. Many of the genre’s greatest artists have performed there. It has a service of jazz magazines and books, as well as an area for photo expositions. The shows start daily at 10:30 p.m. and goes until the early hours of the morning. The dim lighting and dicor inside are two attractive features of the club.

Bogui Jazz (Calle Barquillo 29. Metro Chueca)

Bogui Jazz has a small stage surrounded by a limited number of tables. It has two bars, one on the upper floor and one in the basement. From the basement one can watch the show on a large screen. The shows change monthly and do not have a cover charge. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Segundo Jazz Club (Calle Comandante Zorita 8. Metro Cuatro Caminos)

The Segundo Jazz Club is cozy, familiar, and full of history. The small stage allows the audience to appreciate the show up close while enjoying a drink and good live jazz. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. No cover charge.

Café Jazz Populart (Calle Huertas 22. Metro Antón Martín)

This friendly place located in the heart of Madrid offers jazz, blues, rock and all types of live music. The locale uses art as much on stage as it does in its welcoming decor. Its stage has seen artists such as Compay Segundo, Eddie Henderson and the Canal Street Band. It opens every day at 11 p.m. No cover charge.

Jazz Bar (Calle Moratínn esquina Calle Santa María. Metro Antón Martín)

Since its inauguration at the end of the 70s, the Jazz Bar has maintained a permanent commitment to the quality of its concerts. It is open from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily and has no cover charge. Its summer terrace is particularly recommendable.

Music halls with live shows in Madrid

Some of the most recommendable places to hear live music in Madrid are:

La Boca del Lobo (Echegaray 11. Metro Sevilla y Argumosa 11. Metro Lavapiés)

La Boca del Lobo is a reference point for live music fans. La Boca del Lobo has various locations in Madrid. The first, found at calle Echegaray 11, is a fitting place to have a drink while listening to some good music. The second, on calle Argumosa 11, is a restaurant, bar and cultural hall for concerts, shows, expositions, plays and movies. In general there is no entrance fee and the drink prices range from 7 to 12€.

Chesterfield Café (Calle Serrano Jover 5. Metro Argüelles)

Chesterfield Café was created initially as a spot offering American food and live music. Today it is a two-storied hall still offering American cuisine, live shows and a club in the back area. The show, generally blues and rock, are from Thursday to Saturday after 10 p.m. Midweek it is open from 1:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. and weekends until 6 a.m. Its menu offers snacks, sandwiches and hamburgers. It also has a large screen.

Moby Dick Club (Avenida del Brasil 5. Metro Santiago Bernabéu)

Moby Dick is one of the most active spots in Madrid’s musical panorama. Midweek El Moby is a concert hall with group shows and live singers. On the weekends it is transformed into a nightclub. The price for the shows is usually around 10 or 15€.

Siroco (Calle San Dimas 3. Metro Noviciado)

Siroco is one of Madrid’s most alternative clubs. The most indie groups and the “coolest” DJs pass through this place almost every day with special shows. When the show is over, Siroco is transformed into a fun dance club that closes its doors until the early hours of the morning.

Sala Galileo Galilei (Calle Galileo 100. Metro Islas Filipinas)

Since its opening in 1985, an endless list of artists have performed in this concert hall. Besides live music, it offers all kinds of shows: magic, comedy, theater, expositions… The locale has two floors with a capacity of 500 people.

Clamores (Calle Alburquerque 14. Metro Bilbao)

Clamores Hall opened at the end of the 70s as a jazz spot. Today it offers all types of live music: jazz, blues, rock, Flamenco… The shows run daily, and this is one of Madrid’s most well known music spots.

La Coquette Blues Bar (Calle Hileras 14. Metro Ópera)

Live shows Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. This is a great place for blues fans. No cover charge.

Colegio Mayor San Juan Evangelista (Gregorio del Amo 4. Metro Guzman el Bueno)

For over 20 years, this university residence has offered concerts throughout the year in its cultural halls. Important musicians such as John Cale have performed on this stage. A definite musical reference point in Madrid.

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