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Nightlife in Madrid

From the seven-level super club Kapital to the bars and disco bars of trendy Chueca, alternative Malasaña, stylish La Latina and multicultural Lavapiés, Madrid's nightlife is vast and varied. Café Commercial, Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes and Vinoteca Barbechera are great places to warm up before the serious bar-hopping begins. Clubs officially wind down around 6am and others carry on till way past dawn – look out for flyers and advertisements.

Bars

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  1. 1. Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes - Bars

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    Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid. © Eva Sala/CBA

    You pay a Euro to get into Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes. It's an art salon with a reclining nude sculpture and a crowd that knows how to relax in style. Outside the window, people race past down central Calle Alcalá.Show this on map

    Address

    42, Calle Alcalá, Madrid 28014

    Telephone

    +34 91 360 54 00

    Transport

    Banco de España or Sevilla metro

    Website

  2. 2. Café Manuela - Bars

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    Grooved columns, stucco detail and ornate light hangings adorn Café Manuela, a bohemian meeting point in the hub of arty Malasaña. Chat with friends late into the night over jugs of fruity sangría and one of the bar's board games.Show this on map

    Address

    29, C/ San Vicente Ferrer, Madrid 28004

    Telephone

    +34 91 531 7037

    Transport

    Tribunal or Noviciado metro

  3. 3. Stop Madrid - Bars

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    Locals of all ages chat over drinks and tapas at this haven of old charm in fashionable Chueca. While wine bottles are racked high to the ceiling on wooden shelves like library books, Stop is also noted for good beer.Show this on map

    Address

    11, Calle Hortaleza, Madrid 28004

    Telephone

    +34 91 521 8887

    Transport

    Gran Via or Chueca metro

    Website

    Stop Madrid Website

  4. 4. Café Commercial - Bars

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    Café Comercial, Madrid. © María Granados

    Popular day and night since 1870, Café Commercial has a distinct intellectual feel and even hosts scrabble evenings. Regulars drop in for a quick drink at the busy bar or relax at the sturdy wooden tables in the mirrored salon.Show this on map

    Address

    7, Glorieta de Bilbao, Madrid 28004

    Telephone

    +34 91 521 5655

    Transport

    Bilbao metro

    Website

    Café Commercial Chess Club Website

  5. 5. Vinoteca Barbechera - Bars

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    This classy wine bar on Plaza Santa Ana appeals to a discerning wine loving crowd, showcasing the modern wines of Spain with many available by the glass and tasty tapas to match. There's also a Vinoteca Barbechera in Chueca.Show this on map

    Address

    27, Calle Príncipe, Madrid 28012

    Telephone

    +34 91 420 0478

    Transport

    Sevilla metro

    Website

    Vinoteca Barbechera Website

  6. 6. Antigua Casa Angel Sierra - Bars

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    Tasty vermouth flows from wooden barrels although the ever-present landlord's favourite is draught Guinness. A zinc-topped, wood-fronted, classic Madrid bar, it dates back to 1917 and attracts a mixed party crowd that regularly spills out onto the Plaza de Chueca.Show this on map

    Address

    11, Calle Gravina, Madrid

    Telephone

    +34 91 531 0126

    Transport

    Chueca metro

Clubs

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  1. 7. Pacha - Clubs

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    Pacha is Madrid's late-night clubbing staple and has being going strong since it opened in the 1980s. Situated in the Justicia district, the modern three-floor venue draws clubbers aged between mid-20s and late-40s to its regular musically themed parties.Show this on map

    Address

    11, Calle Barceló, Madrid 28004

    Telephone

    +34 91 447 01 28

    Transport

    Tribunal metro

    Website

    Pacha Website

  2. 8. Ohm/Bash Line - Clubs

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    This ultra lively disco is known as Bash Line during the week and on Sundays, but on Friday and Saturday nights it comes into its own as the gay club Ohm. The crowd includes regular devotees to hedonism and newcomers in search of something alternative. Top DJs keep the action going and organized theme parties and drag go-go dancers keep things interesting.

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    Cost

    Cover free-€15

    Opening hours

    Open from Wednesday to Sunday midnight to 6am

    Address

    Plaza de Callao 4, Madrid, Spain

    Telephone

    91-541-35-00

  3. 9. Joy Eslava - Clubs

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    Joy Eslava, Madrid. Photo by Robert Smyth

    Joy Eslava opened in the early 1980s as part of the post-Franco Madrid movida (party scene). Located near the Puerta del Sol, it still attracts the party crowd keen to dance or to see the occasional concerts from major names.Show this on map

    Address

    11, Calle Arenal, Madrid 28013

    Telephone

    +34 91 366 37 33

    Transport

    Sol metro

    Website

    Joy Eslava Website

  4. 10. Kapital - Clubs

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    Kapital is a seven-level nightclub by Atocha station with enough variety and glamour to fill the enormous space. The chill-out room at the top provides welcome relief after dancing to techno, salsa, hip-hop and funk, among others.Show this on map

    Address

    125, Calle Atocha, Madrid 28012

    Telephone

    +34 91 420 2906

    Transport

    Atocha metro

    Website

    Kapital Website

Entertainment

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  1. 11. Café La Palma - Entertainment

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    Café La Palma is a relaxed venue in Malasaña that presents an eclectic mix of live music and DJs, making it popular with the 20-30 age group. There are various rooms with contrasting décor, including a place to relax in.Show this on map

    Address

    62, Calle La Palma, Madrid 28015

    Telephone

    +34 91 522 5031

    Transport

    Noviciado metro

    Website

    Café La Palma Website

  2. 12. Libertad 8 - Entertainment

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    Libertad 8, Madrid. Courtesy of Libertad 8

    Libertad 8 in Chueca has a lively bar in the front that is worth visiting in its own right. But the real attraction lies at the back, where live music and readings take place on the tiny stage.Show this on map

    Address

    8, Calle Libertad, Madrid 28004

    Telephone

    +34 91 532 1150

    Transport

    Chueca metro

    Website

    Libertad 8 Website

  3. 13. Café Central - Entertainment

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    During the day, Café Central is a relaxing Art Deco coffee house, but at night it becomes a renowned intimate jazz venue. As well of the best Spanish jazz acts, it also features occasional performances by leading international musicians.Show this on map

    Address

    10, Plaza del Angel, Madrid 28012

    Telephone

    +34 91 369 4143

    Transport

    Antón Martín metro

    Website

    Café Central Website

  4. 14. Candela - Entertainment

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    The flamenco at Candela in Lavapiés is hard to beat, though few visitors can access the basement where it takes place. Most people are happy to listen via loudspeakers in the bar, with its genuine flamenco crowd and atmosphere.Show this on map

    Address

    2, Calle Olmo, Madrid 28012

    Telephone

    +34 91 467 3382

    Transport

    Lavapiés metro or Tirso de Molina metro

  5. 15. Teatro Real - Entertainment

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    Teatro Real, Madrid. Courtesy of Teatro Real, © Javier del Real

    Originally built in 1850 in the Palacio district, Teatro Real was renovated and reopened in 1997. Today it is renowned for its state-of the-art acoustics, hosting opera, concerts and ballet. It is home to the Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Choir.Show this on map

    Address

    Plaza de Oriente s/n, Madrid 28013

    Telephone

    +34 91 516 0660 & +34 91 516 0606 (box office)

    Transport

    Opera or Sol metro

    Website

    Teatro Real Website

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