Today we have the pleasure to have our colleague Gemma from Madrid Cool and Cultural, sharing some of her knowledge with us again. If she shared with us her favorite paintings some weeks ago, now she’s taking us enjoying Madrid’s nightlife!

If you are heading to Madrid after touring Barcelona, make sure to read her post!

The nightlife in Madrid is unique

There is nothing like it anywhere in the world. There are always places where you can go out, to dance, laugh, talk, or flirt. In Madrid, going out at night is a source 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 after-hour clubs and nostalgic dancehalls.

Some favorites of mine are:

Distinguished: Cock ( De la Reina St. #16) A secret place since it opened in the 1920´s, decorated in sporting British style. It’s the perfect place to chat and enjoy the pleasant music and drinks. The irreverent Coen brothers visited the place and rated it as a truly elegant spot in town.

Classic: Del Diego ( De la Reina St. #16) You will never be disappointed here. Visit the new and fashionable places open continuously in town and, at the end, you will be back to this Mad Man style pub. The waiters are a real sight: elegant and impeccable in their tuxedos. This venue offers one of the longest cocktail menus in Madrid. My personal choice is the GinFizz …unbeatable!

Stylish: Glass Bar in Hotel Urban (Carrera De San Jeronimo #34) A cozy and refined atmosphere for the coolest people. Surrounded by glass panels, with an impressive chandelier imported from Morocco in the spotlight and transparent ‘Ghost’ chairs designed by French Philippe Starck, this is the ideal space for feeling special, for seeing and being seen while distractedly watching a classic movie .

Trendy: Ramses (Independencia Sq. # 4). This three-level club distills pop culture and glamour. A hot spot of Madrid’s bar scene, Ramses is a favorite of soccer players, athletes, TV stars and models. Sit next to one of the large windows and enjoy the view of the monumental Puerta de Alcala,

Decadent: Toni 2 (Almirante St. #9) When the night starts to fade out, around 3 am, it is the time to land on this Piano Bar. Here you will find all kind of people crammed around a Yamaha grand piano, which, like a demiurge full of magnetism, makes things happen around him. A lot of fun. And… if you can resist until 8am enjoy an energetic “Chocolate con Churros”, a local tradition before retiring to your quarters.


Always passionate about Art and History, after living for a year in Boston, USA, she decided to turn her hobby into her profession and founded Madrid Cool & Cultural in September 2010, focused exclusively on organizing tours for small groups of artistically and culturally motivated travelers. Her tours are very creative: her experience as a traveler and lover of art, culture, and gastronomy has being extremely useful in designing a unique product, molded to the tastes of each client and the time spent in town.

What about you? Ever been to Madrid? Where did you hung out at night? Share it with us by leaving a comment below!

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