Nightlife

Top Choice Club in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Teatro Joy Eslava

The only things guaranteed at this grand old Madrid dance club (housed in a 19th-century theatre) are a crowd and the fact that it’ll be open (it claims to have operated every single day since 1981). The music and t…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Malasaña & Chueca

Museo Chicote

This place is a Madrid landmark, complete with its 1930s-era interior, and its founder is said to have invented more than 100 cocktails, which the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren an…
Top Choice Bar in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

La Venencia

La Venencia is a barrio classic, with manzanilla (chamomile-coloured sherry) from Sanlúcar and sherry from Jeréz poured straight from the dusty wooden barrels, accompanied by a small selection of tapas with an Andal…
Top Choice Wine Bar in La Latina & Lavapiés

Taberna El Tempranillo

You could come here for the tapas, but we recommend Taberna El Tempranillo primarily for its wines, of which it has a selection that puts numerous Spanish bars to shame. It’s not a late-night place, but it’s always …
Top Choice Cafe in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Chocolatería de San Ginés

One of the grand icons of the Madrid night, this chocolate con churros cafe sees a sprinkling of tourists throughout the day, but locals pack it out in their search for sustenance on their way home from a nightclub …
Top Choice Bar in Malasaña & Chueca

Café Belén

Café Belén is cool in all the right places – lounge and chill-out music, dim lighting, a great range of drinks (the mojitos are especially good) and a low-key crowd that’s the height of casual sophistication. It’s o…
Top Choice Bar in La Latina & Lavapiés

Delic

We could go on for hours about this long-standing cafe-bar, but we’ll reduce it to its most basic elements: nursing an exceptionally good mojito or three on a warm summer’s evening at Delic’s outdoor tables on one o…
Cocktail Bar in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Salmón Gurú

When Sergi Arola's empire collapsed and the celebrated Le Cabrera cocktail bar went with it, Madrid lost one of its best cocktail maestros, Diego Cabrera. Thankfully, he's back with a wonderful multifaceted space wh…
Cafe in Malasaña & Chueca

Café Comercial

The city’s oldest cafe has a special place in the hearts of many madrileños. Open for more than a century, it’s still pulsing with life. Any day of the week you can enjoy a coffee or some food at one of the old marb…
Cafe in Malasaña & Chueca

Gran Café de Gijón

This graceful old cafe has been serving coffee and meals since 1888 and has long been favoured by Madrid’s literati for a drink or a meal – all of Spain’s great 20th-century literary figures came here for coffee and…