Madrid Heats Up After the Sun Goes Down

Ready to get down? Madrid is definitely a city that knows how to have a good time: locals have a natural penchant for partying and the Spanish capital has plenty of locations in which to cut loose – one for every mood and occasion it seems. Be dazzled by the passion of live flamenco dance happening a few feet from your face and wash it down with a pitcher of cold sangria at Casa Patas. Catch a thrash metal concert at Sala Arena. Head to The Penthouse for an upscale cocktail and panoramic views of the city before a night on the town. Dance till you drop on Kapital’s main dance floor and then get invigorated from the blasts of cool air. Feed your late night sweet tooth (and  maybe your inner child) at Chocolatería San Ginés. Grab a beer, look at old posters and get your rock and roll on at La Vía Láctea. Slowly sip a gin and tonic and pretend that you are in New York at Guau. Listen to the sweet sounds of live jazz as if you were the only one in the audience at Café Central. Then bop you head to some indie pop underneath the strings of lights at Tupperware. It’s not uncommon to stay out till dawn. 

Chocolatería San Ginés
Photo courtesy of Matthew Hine


With mirrors and high ceilings upstairs and a cozy alcove downstairs, Chocolateria San Gines is Madrid's iconic place to feast on fried pastries dipped in thick, Spanish style hot chocolate. (The thin ones are called "churros" while the thick...  Read More

Plaza España & Conde Duque
Sala Arena
Photo courtesy of Mario (mariovzq)


Sala Arena (also formerly known as Sala Heineken and relatively recently as Sala Marco Aldany) is a concert hall, bar and nightclub beside Plaza de Espana. The regularly scheduled concerts - actually sometimes there is a concert every night -...  Read More

La Latina & Lavapiés
Casa Patas


A flamenco theater and restaurant, Casa Patas is the best place to see flamenco dance and music performances in Madrid. The well known flamenco theater books dancers and musicians from Madrid as well as southern Spain (considered the home of...  Read More

Cafe Central
Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo


A live jazz music club and bar in the Huertas neighborhood, Café Central is well known both inside and outside the Spanish capital for the high quality of its performers and sessions. Besides jazz groups, local favorites such as Javier Krahe...  Read More

Joy Eslava
Photo courtesy of Galia Unplugged


A stone's throw away from the Puerta del Sol and open every night of the year, the Joy Eslava theater is part nightclub and part venue with regular dance sessions as well as occasional live shows and concerts of varying musical styles. The place...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Teatro Kapital


Kapital is Madrid's mega nightclub with seven floors of bars, dance floors and recreational space. They regularly have different theme nights and sessions, including an early evening session for teenagers. The first floor is Kapital's largest...  Read More

Chueca & Malasaña
Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo


Located in the Malasana neighborhood, Tupperware is a pop culture themed alternative rock bar that is popular among Madrid's twentysomething crowd. Tupperware's resident and guest DJs spin mostly rock and pop music that run the gamut from...  Read More



The Roof is a cool, upscale rooftop bar with the best views in the city and is perfect for enjoying a cocktail or two in a chill out atmosphere. International DJs are also occasionally featured at The Roof. If you want the best seat in the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Desiree Rocio Alvarez


If you fancy a good cocktail, then Guau is your destination. With a New York Art Deco style setting and jazz music in the background, this classic cocktail bar offers up all the cocktails and mixed drinks you know and love like the gin and...  Read More

Chueca & Malasaña
La Vía Láctea


A legend born of Madrid's cultural revolution from the 1970s and 1980s, La Vía Láctea has been playing rock and roll and punk ever since and still serves up a hip nightlife scene for the local twentysomethings. With the DJ on the ground floor,...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah