Things to do in Madrid

Party and Nightlife

The nightlife in Madrid is unique - there is nothing like it anywhere in the world. There are always places where you can go out, dance, laugh, talk, flirt... In Madrid, going out at night is a fountain of culture. There is something for everybody: from the most minimalist chill out bars to the most enticing clubs and Goth bars, from the questionable dives to the wildest afterhours clubs and nostalgic dancehalls.


Come the end of the week, one can dance to the music pumped out by loudspeakers from dusk till dawn. From Thursday evening to the wee hours of Monday morning there is always some place open for lovers of electronic music: house, techno, dance, trip hop, acid jazz etc. Music, lights, images, go-go dancers and a strong desire to have fun dancing are the main components of this electronic cocktail, which offers an energetic alternative to those who want the night to be eternal.



1,600 square metres of floor space, 60,000 watts of lighting and 42,000 watts of sound equipment, 61 state-of-the-art robots, seven mechanical lighting systems, five smoke machines, and all of this in one venue: Macumba situated in Chamartín train station. Regarded by many as one of the best venues in Spain and classified as number three in Europe for its installations, Macumba holds two predominantly electronic sessions each week: Sunflowers and Space of Sound (as well as some lighter sessions for under-age teenagers, and special parties).



Another of the most happening music venues is Arena, which offers a lighter dance and progressive menu for younger audiences on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Its night-time DU:OM sessions attract an audience whose members have one thing in common: their love of happy house. The party starts on Thursday night at De Nombre Público and continues right through to Sunday evening. This venue is perhaps one of the most avant-garde clubs in Madrid, and sessions there include Club Low featuring electroclass on Fridays and Saturdays, and Dba on Thursdays for trend-setting clubbers.



From Thursday to Sunday, the club offers a wide variety of techno and house, which ranges from the experimental music of Thursday nights, aimed at more alternative audiences in tune with the latest trends, to the percussive house music of the club's Sunday sessions. More mainstream sounds are on offer on Fridays, while the Saturday night session is dedicated to deep, tribal and dark house styles.


Every night, venues pertaining to the Live Music Venues Association La Noche en Vivo host a wide range of live music shows. Everything from acclaimed to up-and-coming artists, singer-songwriters to rock bands, jazz concerts or electronic music sessions to enjoy music at its best.


One thing is for sure: Madrid is the world capital of Flamenco. That statement may seem a bit categorical, but this city is the place to be for anyone who wants to succeed in one of the flamenco styles. Any day of the week, the city offers a wide range of shows, anything from grand performances in the city's theatres to small song and dance recitals in tablaos or venues.


Rhythms of happiness and joy in sevillanas and rumbas. Flamenco is all that and so much more, always loaded with passion and intensity. These qualities confer this genre with an expressiveness that moves all viewers. Regardless of where they're from. Regardless of whether they understand the language. This art makes feelings flourish. Who hasn't felt moved by a dancer stamping her feet, or by a flamenco singer belting out a passionate cry?



One of the oldest and most famous of the capital’s flamenco bars. Open since 1956, this tablao offers the very best in flamenco, courtesy of its own group of dancers, guitarists and singers in addition to established artists of the scene. Their gastronomic offer is currently mentioned in the prestigious Michelin Guide.



Located in the basements of an 18th century palace, close to the Plaza de Oriente, this venue has offered the finest flamenco and national and international gastronomy since its opening in 1970.


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