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Nightlife in Madrid has no limits. Whatever the day of the week bars and coffees of the centre are crowded till midnight. On weekends it is common to go out for a drink and dance till early hours.

One of the most popular areas is the one composed of  Las Cortes, Huertas, la puerta del Sol and La Latina. You find many pubs, such as L’Alhambra (C/ Victoria, 9), decorated with Arab drawings, el Matador (C/ de la Cruz, 39) and El Viajero (Plaza de la Cebada) with its terrace. In Madrid an alcoholic drink costs between 7 and 10 €.

In the same areas visit Cardamomo (C/ Echegaray, 15) and El Burladero (C/ Echegaray, 19) where you can enjoy the best flamenco; La Lupe (C/ Torrecilla del Leal, 12) and its gay atmosphere; Viva Madrid (C/ Manuel Fernandez González, 7) and its beautiful façade of “azulejos”, is both a coffee during the day and a pub by night. In Plaza Santa Ana, the club Villa Rosa –as in Almodovar’s movie High Heels- is an outstanding place for its Madrid typical architecture.

Passing through Madrid or if you are a lover of flamenco, there are some tablaos you don't miss: Casa Patas (C / Canizares, 10), Corral de la Morería (C / Morería, 17), perhaps the most famous of the world; Cafe Chinitas (C / Torija, 7), with a collection of shawls manila who jealously guard a palace of the XVII century and Corral de la Pacheca (C / Juan Ramón Jiménez, 26).

Irish pubs are appreciated in Madrid. La Fontana de Oro (C/ Victoria, 1), and the Irish Rover (Avenida de Brasil, 7) are two of them.

Places you must not miss at night, either for a drink or for dancing, could be La Boca del Lobo (C/ Echegaray, 11), Capote (C/ Santa Teresa, 3), El Sol (C/ Jardines, 3), Jose Alfredo (C / Silva, 22), owned by Leonor Watling and his group Marlango; where you can listen to good music or meet celebrities. In the Chicote Museum (Gran Vía, 12), the cocktail house founded in 1931, the film director Pedro Almodovar often meets all his friends. If you fancy a more fashion style like in New York, go to the Moma 56 (C/ José Abascal, 56) and La Viuda Blanca/Negra (Calle Campomanes, 6), in Opera.

El Confidencial (C/Eduardo Dato, 8) is the hang out for jet set people and some royalty, you can also go to the chic and exclusive Gabana 1800 (C/ Velázquez, 6), or to Garamond (C/ Claudio Coello, 10). Those clubs require well dressing code and are dedicated to people over 30, even 40. At Fortuny (C/ Fortuny, 34), both restaurant and club, you can dance and enjoy the party after a nice dinner.

For those who miss the 80’s music, the Lolita Lounge Bar (C/ Manuel de Falla, 3) would be perfect, with funky, disco and bossanova music. On the other side of the Castellana : the Avenida de Brasil is the rock boulevard and the meeting point for young people: the Tatoom bar and the club Bolshoi are located at number 3 of the same avenue, The Moby Dick concert hall at number 5.

If you prefer chilling out and house music, Shabay (C/ Miguel Ángel, 3) is a wise mix between those two styles. Gold Field (C/ Ventura Rodríguez, 7) –owned by the actress Paz Vega- is the perfect place to dance from midnight to 7o’clock in the morning. Do not forget to go Cool (C/ Isabel La Católica, 8) to dance to jazz latino music, or funky and vocal house. For young public, Arena (C/ Princesa, 1) has changed its style.

There are other enjoyable clubs such as the 7-floor Kapital (Calle Atocha, 125), with different music and style on each floor, Joy Madrid (C/ Arenal, 11), El Budha del Mar (on Carretera de Coruña, km 8,700) –former Oh, Madrid!– Real Madrid football players often go there. El Palacio de Gaviria (C/ Arenal, 9) is a real palace where to party, and one of the favorites of foreign people. On Thursday nights, Erasmus students enter for free. Do not miss Pacha and But, both in Calle Barceló 11.

More recent clubs: Jazzanova (Paseo de la Castellana, 8), with its pleasant summer terrace, Calle 54 (Paseo de la Habana, 3), where you can listen to the best Caribbean jazz.

In summer, enjoy the pleasant night terrace of the glamorous El Boulevard (between Torre Europa & Torre Picasso) or in Ananda (Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona, s/n), close to Atocha station.

Gay Chueca is among the best place to party. Go to the “garitos” of the area of Arguelles and Moncloa, Arabic pubs of Lavapiés, and enjoy the excellent music of Malasaña – especially in La Via Láctea (C/ Velarde, 18)–.

Madrid never sleeps. Going out at night is the best way for visitors to discover the most enjoyable side of the Spanish capital.


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