Madrid Nightlife

Madrid had one of the most active nightlife in Europe during the eighties, the so-called “La Movida”. The city was a hotbed of artistic activity: filmmakers, musicians, actors, writers etc. they all came to Madrid to seek fame and fortune in the Capital of Spain.

Nowadays Madrid keeps up that festive spirit like never before. Any day of the week, party is guaranteed to be outrageously crazy: Pubs, terraces and clubs are crowded with people of all ages dancing and having fun till dawn.

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The Best Madrid Nightlife Areas:


Without any doubt this is the most popular area among young people to party the night away. Huertas Street, located barely 10 minutes from Puerta del Sol Square, and the surrounding streets are home to many bars, pubs and nightclubs where having fun until dawn.


The gay community of Madrid, which settled in this traditional neighborhood a few decades ago, has renovated the district to the point where it can be said that Chueca is one most chic neighborhood in Madrid. At night Chueca is full of people of all ages, styles and tastes ready to enjoy the nightlife. Regardless of your sexual orientation, age, budget, culture, or nationality, Chueca is the ideal place to have fun.


This area is frequented by university students as the campus (Ciudad Unviersitaria) is not too far from here. From Thursday to Sunday the whole neighborhood is full of young people and the atmosphere is fantastic.

La Latina:

This neighborhood, located very near from Plaza Mayor, is considered as one of the most emblematic bohemian districts in Madrid: numerous writers, actors and artists have set up residence in its streets, making of this neighborhood a unique place in Madrid. La Latina offers an incredible fusion of tradition and modernity thanks to which typical taverns, trendy bars, pubs and boutiques coexist in harmony.

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Is Madrid a safe city at night?

Absolutely yes. Like any big city, visiting Madrid does entail some risks. But we can proudly say that Madrid is one of the safest capitals in Europe. Of course, in the wee hours of the morning there are few areas that aren´t recommended, for instance the triangle formed by Gran Via, Calle Montera and Calle Ballesta. Anyway, downtown is strongly guarded by police 24 hours a day so it is completely safe. In fact, there is a Police Station in Montera Street (100 meters from Puerta del Sol Square).

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About Javier

Hola! My name is Javier Redondo, tour guide in Madrid for more than 8 years.
As a good "Madrileño", I love football (I support Atlético de Madrid), eating tapas and walk the cobblestone streets of old Madrid 🙂

This Madrid blog is where I share tips on popular attractions, local food and off-beat spots.

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