In the mid-eighties, after the fall of the dictatorship, Madrid experienced a major cultural change. Young people, oppressed in the past, took the streets of Madrid to give vent to their emotions. This time was known as the Madrid nightlife. A large group of intellectuals (musicians, writers and film directors like Pedro Almodovar) influenced both the cultural scene and night: new alternative clubs and discos were launched in the city. Many of these clubs are still open today.
Most disco clubs and nightclubs in Madrid open from Thursday to Saturday from midnight onwards. The closure depends on the local, although it is normal to last until 6:00 or 7:00. Some clubs extend the opening hours during the day, those are known as after-hours and are located in the center, discreetly hidden, yet accessible to anyone who wants to go with the music. The ticket price for the clubs is generally between 10 € and 15 € and always includes a drink.
The area is divided into three zones. Features a dance floor overlooking the Casa de Campo, Madrid's largest park. It also has separate zones for relaxing and a perfect restaurant to start the evening. The music, less specialized than in other clubs, mixes national and international actual music styles. Admission is free and the drinks range from € 9 and € 12. Hours are 23:00 to 5:00 pm.
Is located in a charming XIX century building of three floors. It has an impressive restaurant and summer terrace. Their audience is between 25 and 40 years. Entrance costs 12 €. Open daily from 21:00 to 5:00 pm.
Is aimed at an audience from 30 years. Gabana is a trendy nightclub and it is common to find many of the famous people today in Madrid. It's more a nightclub hostess with music of the moment, without much fanfare. Opens daily from 23:00 to 5:00. Generally you don´t pay entry but the drinks, soft drinks and beers usually cost from 12 €. It has valet parking and VIP area.
It has been enshrined as one of the fashionable places of Madrid. Open Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00. Entrance costs € 12 and includes beverage. It offers house music, progressive and live performances. The hall has three floors and reserved VIP areas.
Opened in 1981, is one of the longest-standing and well known nightclubs in Madrid. Their audience is more diverse than ever. Joy Eslava is definitely a reference for the night in Madrid. Open daily from 23:30 to 6:00. Entrance costs 12 €, except from Thursday to Sunday it is 15 €. Special prices for groups.
Is one of the most famous nightclubs in Madrid. It has seven floors and three separate dance floors with different kind of music. Kapital nightclub is located in the heart of the city. The disco-themed program various parties according to the season of the year. Entrance costs 12 € and includes one or two drinks depending of the time you accessed. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00.
Actually, Mondo is one of the trendiest nightclubs in Madrid. Open Thursday and Saturday (closed on Fridays) from 1:00 to 7:00. The best dj's national and international electronic and minimal music. The price of admission with drink is 12 €. It is advisable not to arrive after 3:00 AM it is filled with ease and seating is limited.
One of the most famous clubs in Madrid. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 22:00 to 3:00 pm. It is advisable to check opening days by phone since they change depending on the season of the year. They organize private parties.
It is a point of reference in the night of Madrid since the eighties. Located in a modernist building of three floors. They are famous for their parties and nights from Thursday to Saturday with different themes and music. All sorts of young people are given appointment in the evening session of this disco that starts at 23:30. The price per ticket is 12 €.
Nightclub set in a charming XIX century palace. The decor and aesthetics of the interior has been the setting for many photographic reports and advertising. 13 meeting rooms connected together combine art, history and culture with different musical rhythms tapped by three DJ's. This brightened up by go-go's. Open from 12:00 to 6:00. The price is € 15 on weekends and € 10 on weekdays.
Best known for being the former Sala Arena, offers night music sessions and after-hours. The ticket price is 8 €.
Opened in 1979, is one of the oldest clubs in Madrid. It is a medium-sized nightclub, from Sunday through Thursday is a concert hall with live performances. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 23:30 to 5:30. Admission costs € 8 and includes drink.
Music sessions combines the best national dj's and concerts of new alternative bands. The lounge is open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 21:30 am and closes late at night. It is advisable to consult the web, schedule and prices may vary depending of the day.
In case that you have booked a car hire in Madrid and you are going out, it is preferable to leave the car in your hotel, you should not drive after having some drinks.