Late Night / After Hours


Joy Eslava
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Joy Eslava is frequented by models and musicians alike. The cover charge may be a little expensive, but hipsters consider it worthwhile. Dance 'til dawn to Spanish chart hits and the odd bit of flamenco. METRO: Puerta del Sol

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With 12 spaces, this club – in a historic castle ballroom – offers a diverse range of cabaret, performances, dance classes in tango and waltz and music of all stripes. Great international-themed events on Thursday nights. Perfect stop for the all-night party. METRO: Ópera or Sol

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Break-beat, soul, hip hop, rare groove, acid jazz and lashings of funk are the order of the day at the eclectic nightclub, party venue and concert hall – the stylishly decorated Siroco. Spanish and international live bands play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, often as part of a themed cycle that might cover anything from reggae to dancehall or soul. Live music concerts tend to finish around 2am. Then the resident DJs Gudlak and JJ Bernado come out to play and the young, casually dressed crowd packs the dance floor. METRO: Noviciado

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El Sol sponsors more than 25 concerts a month, but the fun is just beginning! The atmosphere is lively without succumbing to designer-bar trendiness. Strut your stuff to the funk, hip-hop, and acid jazz that rock this disco club early into the morning. Dancers should plan to stay out all night. METRO: Gran Vía

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A new concept in nightlife, Buddha del Mar offers a restaurant, lounge and all-night club under one roof. One of the most unabashedly fashionable nightspots in town, it attracts the likes of David Beckham and Jade Jagger through its doors. The entire building is oriental-themed with candles, incense, exotic woods and over 260 statues of Buddha, throughout the Kudetá restaurant, the chill-out Balinese terrace, and the disco playing conventional house and dance music. The restaurant serves a pan-Asian mix of Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese dishes at conventional tables – or if you are lucky, large Balinese beds – enhanced by "transcendental Buddhist sounds."

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This cavernous old industrial warehouse has been kitted out with all the latest gadgets to please a youngish, house- and techno-loving crowd. Expect a throbbing 60kw sound system and a main hall with a triple-level stage for the extravagant dance groups and go-gos. Add megatrons to squirt freezing nitrogen into the crowd, colored lasers, six giant video screens and even an outside terrace complete with a river running through it. Fabrik's out-of-the-way location is not ideal, but at least noise complaints don't dim the sound. METRO: Fuenlabrada, then bus 496 or 497

Local Expert tip: Don't miss the monthly Goa session.

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Sala Stella hosts the wildly popular Mondo nights where funk and electronica rule the decks. The space is relatively small, but has plenty of atmosphere, which encourages the often static Madrileños to really go for it on the packed dance floor. On Thursday nights, well-known local and international DJs come to wow the crowds with funk, techno, Berlin-electro, disco and house of all stripes. On Saturdays, the three resident DJs take control: promoter Gerardo Niva goes for Detroit electronica; Alvaro Cabana favors Detroit and Chicago techno, while Kojak goes for a housier sound. METRO: Sevilla

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Another giant hit from the Trip Family stable, this long-running night knows exactly what Madrid's clubbers seek and dishes it out without snobbery. Expect the characteristic "impossible mixes" from resident DJs Smart and Luiliminili who somehow make leaps from Blondie to Beck to the Soho Dolls and Ladytron sound entirely feasible. The main vibe is eighties and nineties, but there's also a smattering of electro pop and New York rock.

Local Expert tip: Dress casual.

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One of Madrid's longest-running and most notorious Sunday club nights, Weekend at the Sala Bash is more of a main event rather than a follow-up to Saturday. Save your energy, as the dancing goes right through to Monday morning. Resident DJ Roberto Rodriguez attracts a huge gay and straight following with his excellent and very danceable mixes of nu-jazz, Brasilica, Latin and house music. For the truly camp, there is a ballroom dancing session at 7pm before the onslaught of Weekend. METRO: Callao

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A line snakes round the block by the old Palacio de Prensa cinema around 3am. Follow the queue to Ohm, one of a variety of club nights held at this 3000-capacity venue. Although everyone is welcome, Ohm nights mainly attract a gay following. A trendy, muscled-up and label-conscious young crowd flirts and boogies to very danceable sweet and soft house music. Much of the same crowd turns up on Wednesday nights here for a rather outré 1am cabaret show. METRO: Callao

Local Expert tip: Don't think about showing up until at least 2 am.

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