Of course, I must also write about Madrid’s nightlife; how can I leave out "la movida" and the nightclubs? Where to go dancing in Madrid!?
Always a difficult question with such a vast array of options catering to almost any taste in music. Especially given that most nightclubs are so much fun!
The following is list of the best:
Kapital is among the most famous and iconic nightclubs in madrid. Build on 7 floors, the first three overlook the main dancefloor, above that there is a rock’n’roll floor, followed by a floor playing latin-american music. On the roof, there is a wonderful terrace, perfect for a drink under the stars. On the second floor, there’s even a room for karaoke, and among the many bars, one even dedicated solely to Bacardi. Cover charge is between 10 and 15 euros with one or two cocktails included, depending on the night. The music is quite mainstream, but the choreographed performances, dancers, light shows, and acrobats swinging accross the ceiling are what make it truly special. This is without a doubt, my favorite party destination. Dress to impress, the doormen can be quite picky, and for boys, avoid shorts at all costs!
The Gabana is currently one of the most “in” nightclubs in Madrid. It’s right in the center, in the Salamanca neighborhood. The doormen are very very picky, I suggest making a table reservation or making friends with someone who works there. As a nightclub, it is much smaller than Kapital, but still, you are guaranteed a fantastic night.
This nightclub is definitely a household name, it can easily accommodate 10 thousand people. It is often the venue of choice for very famous DJs. This is the perfect place if you lost electronica, house, and techno. The only catch here: it’s situated a little far from the city center, the best way to get there is by car or taxi.
Joy plays many genres of music and is centrally located on Calle del Arenal, a few steps away from the Opera metro station. Very popular for Erasmus university parties.
Fortuny is a very posh club. It caters to an older clientele than the previous nightclubs mentioned. This is the place to be if you are looking for somewhere to be seen.
Similar to Fortuny, this club is also quite exclusive, enjoy a meal here and then dance the night away.
The Sala Arena, also known as the Sala Marco Aldany, hosts many smaller spaces where DJ’s frequently host concerts. It is located right in Plaza de Espana. There is always something different depending on the night from pop to techno. More often than not, you’ll hear some alternative or punk rock. The Smashing Pumpkins and Lagwagon, among others, have played shows here.