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Nightlife in Madrid: Night clubs, bars & discos

Nightlife in Madrid: clubs and discos Nightlife in Madrid: clubs and discos Nightlife in Madrid

Madrid’s fervent nightlife. provides a certain uniqueness for the city. The majority of the restaurants start the turn of the night at 9 p.m., and the clubs in Madrid stay open until dawn. The “after-hours” clubs go even further into the day. Madrid’s nightlife is accentuated especially on the weekend. Going out for dinner, having a drink, dancing or listening to the current DJs are the leisure activities most common among Madrid residents. All of this incessant nightlife has earned Madrid the name of Europe’s night capital.

Discos, clubs and after-hours in Madrid

In the middle if the 80s, after the fall of the dictatorship, Madrid underwent an important cultural change. The youth, oppressed in the years before, took to the streets of Madrid to let loose their emotions. This moment was known as the Madrid movement. A large group of intellectuals (musicians, writers and movie directors like Pedro Almodóvar) influenced the cultural panorama as well as the nightlife: new alternative halls and clubs appeared in the city. Many of the clubs are still open today.

Balcón de Rosales nightclub. MadridThe majority of the clubs in Madrid are open from Thursday to Saturday from midnight on. The closing time depends on the locale, although it is normal to last until 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. Some clubs extend their hours into the day and are known as after-hours clubs. They are located in Centro, discreetly hidden but accessible to anyone who wants to let the music take over them. The entry fee for clubs usually is between 10€ and 20€ and always includes a free drink.

Some of the most popular clubs in Madrid are:

Balcón de Rosales
Fortuny
Gabana
Gold Field
Joy Eslava
Kapital
Mondo
Okama Club
Pacha Madrid
Palacio de Gaviria
Sala Heineken Princesa
Sala Sol
Siroco

Balcón de Rosales

The Balcón de Rosales nightclub (Paseo Pintor Rosales s/n. Tel. 915 417 440. Metro Arguelles) has a modern image and the locale always keeps up with the latest trends. The room is divided into three areas. There is a large dance floor with views the Casa del Campo, the biggest park in Madrid. There are also separated areas, one for relaxing and a restaurant ideal for starting the evening. The music, less specialized than in other nightclubs, mixes current national and international hits. Entry is free and drinks cost between 9€ and 12€. Open from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Fortuny

The nightclub Fortuny (Calle Fortuny 34. Tel. 913 192 651. Metro Rubén Darío) is located in a beautiful 19th-century palace with three floors. It has a restaurant and an impressive summer terrace. The crowd is usually between 25 and 40 years old. The cover charge is 12€. Open every day from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Gabana

The nightclub Gabana (Calle Velázquez 6. Tel. 915 760 686. Metro Velázquez) is geared toward a crowd 30 years and over. Gabana is a chic club, and it is common to find many of the famous and current people from Madrid. It is also a club that mixes current music without being too loud. It is open Wednesday to Saturday day from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. There is usually no cover charge, but drinks, refreshments and beers usually cost at least 14€. Valet service and VIP area available.

Gold Field

The nightclub Gold Field (Calle Ventura Rodríguez 7. Tel. 915 415 937. Metro Plaza de España) is known as one of the most chic locales in Madrid. Open Friday and Saturday from midnight to 6 a.m. The cover charge costs 12€ and includes a drink. It offers house and progressive music as well as live shows. There are three floors and reserved VIP areas.

Joy Eslava

The nightclub Joy Eslava (Calle Arenal 11. Tel. 913 663 733. Metro Sol), open in 1981, is one the most veteran and well-known of Madrid. Their parties are particularly popular. The crowd is always quite varied. Joy Eslava is a definite hotspot in Madrid’s nightlife. Open daily from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. The cover charge is 12€, except for Thursday through Sunday when it goes up to 15€. Group rates are available.

Kapital

The nightclub Kapital (Calle Atocha 125. Tel. 914 202 906. Metro Atocha) is one of the most famous in Madrid. It has seven floors and three dance floors with different types of music. Located in the center of the city, it is claimed as one of the most modern clubs for its ambience as well as the music. The club also organizes various theme parties according the time of the year. The cover charge is 12€ and includes one or two drinks, depending to arrival time. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from midnight to 6 a.m

Mondo

Mondo (Calle Arlabán 7. Metro Sevilla) currently is one of the coolest clubs in Madrid. Open Thursday and Saturday (closed Friday) from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. The best national and international DJs spin electronic and minimal music. The cover charge with drink included is 12€. It is recommended not to arrive after 3 a.m. because the limited capacity fills up easily.

Okama Club

Okama Club (Calle de Santa Engracia 17. Tel. 914 473 887. Metro Alonso Martínez) is one of the most well-known clubs in Madrid because of their house music sessions and for the hip crowd that goes there. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. It is recommended to call and confirm days the club is open because it varies depending on the time of the year. Also, private parties are sometimes held there.

Pacha Madrid

Pacha Madrid (Calle de Barceló 11. Tel. 914 470 128. Metro Tribunal) has been a hotspot in Madrid’s nightlife since the 80s. Located in a modern three-story building, they are famous for their parties and their different themes and music. All types of young people head to this club’s night session, which runs Thursday to Saturday from 11:30 p.m. on. Cover charge is 12€.

Palacio de Gaviria

The nightclub Palacio de Gaviria (Calle del Arenal 9. Tel. 915 266 069. Metro Sol) is located in a beautiful 19th-century mansion. The décor and aesthetics of its interior have been the selected spot for many photographic and publicity events. Thirteen connected rooms combine art, history and culture with distinct musical rhythms spun by three DJs. All of this is livened up with go-go dancers. Open from midnight to 6 a.m. The cover charge is 15€ on weekends and 10€ during the week.

Sala Heineken Princesa

Sala Heineken Princesa (Calle de la Princesa 1. Tel. 915 476 680. Metro Plaza de España), often called the old Sala Arena, offers night and after-hours sessions. The music is varied with more house than any other type, but occasionally live shows are held as well. Cover charge is 8€.

Sala Sol

Sala Sol (Calle de Jardines 3. Tel. 915 326 490. Metro Gran Vía), which opened in 1979, is one of the oldest clubs in Madrid. This is an average-sized club that from Sunday through Thursday turns into a hall for concerts and live shows. This hall has seen the birth of many great Spanish bands. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Cover charge is 8€ and includes a drink.

Siroco

Siroco (Calle de San Dimas 3. Tel. 915 933 070. Metro San Bernardo) is possibly the most alternative nightclub in Madrid. It combines sessions of the best national DJs with concerts of new alternative groups. The hall is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 p.m. until the early morning hours. It is recommended to check their Web site for schedule and prices, which vary depending on the show.

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