Madrid is known as the city that really never sleeps with a pronounced culture of starting the night with tapas, cañas (Spanish for beers) and friends before continuing with copas (Spanish for mixed drinks) in a bar and eventually partying it up all night long in one of the numerous top clubs. In this article we are not listing the best mainstream clubs, but showing you Madrid’s diverse nightlife with the best venue of each kind.
Fabrik – The Mega Club Right Outside Madrid!
In 2003, the former aircraft hangar opened its doors to be “Madrid´s Clubbing Mecca” with an estimated capacity of 10.000 party people on two dance floors and a huge outside terrace. According to DJ Mag, Fabrik was ranked number 37 in 2018 amongst the world´s best clubs being alongside with Ibiza crème de la crème and other top clubs around the globe.
The party calendar at Fabrik is a mix of long running party event series such as GOA and SuperMartXé paired with newer super projects such as elRow and CODE mixing music styles from Techno to Electro to House. The list of famous DJ´s is long and icons such as Carl Cox, Steve Aoki, Sven Väth, Marco Carola, Luciano are regular guests.
The spectacle is rounded up by the top-notch equipment Fabrik has build in: Latest sound system, CO2 cannons, lasers and LED screens which are emphasising the event taking place.
The dress code at Fabrik is very relaxed. The main criteria is that you come to have fun and share an unforgettable night with your friends and other party lovers from around the world. Wear comfortable cloths and be ready for a long night.
Parties at Fabrik are usually hosted on Fridays and Saturdays as well as the nights before bank holidays. Tickets can be bought online which is the recommended option as well as at the door. Prices usually vary between 15€ and 60€ depending on the event and DJ´s contracted for the night. Special nights such as New Year´s Eve will cost even more.
The venue is located in the outskirts about 30km from Madrid´s city center. Buses are leaving from 23:30 every 30 minutes from Plaza España and we recommend you to get there early to enjoy the famous tailgating which is taking place on the parking lot of the club.
Why should you go? If you love mega parties and top DJ´s and don not want to travel as fas as Ibiza, Fabrik is definitely the place to be.
Teatro Kapital – Seven Floors of Joy in the City Center!
Teatro Kapital is the giant amongst Madrid´s night clubs. It used to be a theater and on its seven floors the club offers something for each and every taste: House Music, Hip Hop, Latin Music, Karaoke, Cocktail Bar and even a rooftop terrace during summer time.
In terms of production, Teatro Kapital has dancers dressed according to the theme of the night performing together with the DJ´s on stage. The DJ´s are mostly the resident DJ´s which are rotating and once in a while a guest DJ. Not to forget the huge CO2 cannon which shoots regular from the top of the club down on the main floor and makes the crowd say “wow”.
The clientele of the club is a mix of locals and tourists. Rejections are a common phenomenon at the door. So make sure you match the elegant profile the club is looking for and bring valid documentation (passport for non-EU nationals).
Teatro Kapital is regularly open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Thursday the crowd is young and it feels more to be a student party whereas Fridays and Saturdays the profile is a bit older with an average age of about 25 years. Instead of a guest list, Teatro Kapital works with a QR Discount Code. You ask for it online here, save it on your phone, share it with your friends (it is important that each one has it on the phone) and show it at the cash point for the discounted entry of 17€ including 2 drinks if you enter the club before 1:30am.
Teatro Kapital is centrally located next to Atocha and therefore easy to reach for people living in the city center as well as for people coming from the outside.
Do not forget to check out our blog about all you need to know before going to Teatro Kapital here!
Why should you go? Teatro Kapital is almost like a monument in the city and you should have seen it at least once during your stay in Madrid.
Fucking Monday – Madrid’s Best International Party!
According to the well known German newspaper “Die Zeit” you have not done your study abroad in Madrid if you have not been at Fucking Monday! Since 2012 Madrid´s most popular international party is bringing together a massive international crowd to start the week together in the best possible way: Partying!
From English and Spanish speaking door staff to reduced drink prices to two floors of music, Fucking Monday has many positive attributes that make it a fix appointment for young internationals in Madrid. Come and check it out yourself!
The atmosphere and clientele at Fucking Monday is very international. The music on the main floor is a commercial music mix with the top hits from past and present and on the upper floor the focus is on Hip Hop, RNG, Trap and Regaetton. Dress to impress and bring valid documentation to make sure the entry is smooth.
Fucking Monday takes place every Monday all year round at Sala Cool between Callao and Plaza España which makes it easy to reach by public transportation and even walking for people living in the city center. Click here to get on the guest list and get the best deals!
Why should you go? Fucking Monday is the melting pot of Madrid´s international student community. Whether you want just have a drink with friends, meet new people or want to dance all night long, at Fucking Monday you are always welcome! Check out our blog “Why everyone goes to Fucking Monday!” here.
Liberty – The Best Spanish Clubbing Experience!
Liberty Supper Club is one of the latest creations in Madrid´s posh neighborhood Salamanca. The club re-opened in 2017 with its new name and since then works like a magnet for the local top crowd. Liberty has two floors and a balcony: On the ground floor which has a balcony you hear a Commercial Music mix with a lot of Regaetton influence and on the bigger floor downstairs it is all about House Music and bottle service.
The secret of the success is probably the proper selection of the clientele but also the fact that Liberty differentiates itself from the rest on the clubs in Salamanca in terms of design (it is a mix of a New Yorker and Japanese Club) and customer treatment.
The clientele is the typical high-class people that live in barrio Salamanca which are often Master students and young professionals working in the consulting or finance sector. So dress well to make it inside.
The club opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Thursdays the crowd is a bit younger and international, let’s say graduate students, and on Friday and Saturday the official age requirement is minimum 23 years and the crowd is more the decent Spanish crowd from the barrio. Since the club is so trendy we recommend you to be there before 1:00am in order to avoid waiting time.
Liberty Supper Club is located in Calle Juan Bravo 31 with the closest metro stations being Nuñez de Balboa and Diego de Leon.
Why should you go? The perfect place for a decent night out in the most trendy club in the city.
Independance Club – The Paradise for Rock Music Fans!
At Independance Club it is all about the music. It is the meeting point for Rock Music fans in the city. Some nights have themes such as “Glow Party” and others are tributes to the Rock artists.
Since the music is Rock you can imagine that the dress code is quite relaxed and whether you wear a shirt or a Metallica t-shirt you are welcome. The same can be said about the atmosphere. It is quiet relaxed and people just have fun.
Independance Club takes place on Fridays and Saturdays. On their website you can sign up for the guest list and the first 200 to do so have free entry and a free drink.
Zenith Club, the venue where Independance Club takes place is in Calla Atocha 127. The closest metro stations are Sevilla and Sol.
Why should you go? A must for all Rock Music fans!
Stardust Club – The best Techno Club in Madrid!
Founded in 2003 Stardust Club has evolved to the best Techno party in Madrid. Mixing together the best national and international artists with a diverse crowd gives Stardust Club its unique, different and very original atmosphere.
The diversity that exists amongst the clientele and the environment is the best-kept secret of Stardust club and this contrast is characterized by a tolerant and respectful environment for everybody to enjoy a unique clubbing in Madrid.
Stardust Club takes place every Friday and Saturday from midnight. Check out the programming of artists on their Facebook page here.
Stardust Club is located at Sala Stella, Calle Arlaban 7. The closest metro station is Sevilla.
Why should you go? It is the absolute must for Techno fans.
Opium – Where Madrid’s High society Meets!
Opium is one of Madrid’s top clubs with the motto “see and to be seen”! Awesome venue, good music, beautiful people and luxury are the words that describe Opium the most. Once in a while you can event see the stars of the local and international football scene.
The typical clientele of Opium is Madrid’s high society, but also “wannabes” that want to spend a glamorous night are part of the game.
Opium Madrid opens every night with the best nights being Friday and Saturday. For bottle service please send an email to email@example.com. For guest list simply mention you are on guest list “Karen Sarto” at the door.
Opium Madrid is located in Calle José Abascal 56 with the closest metro being Gregorio Marañon. If you come by car the guys from the valet parking will take over right at the door.
Why should you go? Opium is the perfect place to spend an exclusive night in Madrid.
Mondo Disko – International Top DJ’s in Madrid!
Mondo Disko is not a typical weekly Electro party with a resident DJ. Mondo Disko is a weekly Electro party with known national and international top artists. DJ’s such as Solomun, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Acid Pauli, Seth Troxler, Laurent Garnier, Loco Dice, Len Faki, Jeff Mills and Bonobo are regular guests at Mondo Disko.
The clientele of Mondo Disko are Electro music lovers from near and far. There is no specific dress code. Dress comfortable and dance all night long alongside your favorite DJ’s.
Mondo Disko is every Thursday and Saturday and we recommend you to get your tickets as soon as possible on the official website of Mondo Disko.
Mondo Disko takes place at Sala Cocó in Calle Alcalá 20. The closest metro station is Sevilla. Alternatively, it is only a 5 minutes walk from Puerta del Sol.
Why should you go? The best place to experience your favorite DJ’s very close.
El Son – Salsa Your Heart in Madrid’s City Center!
Whether you are beginner, intermediate or advanced, at El Son there is something for everyone. The atmosphere is open and partners are changed regularly to make sure you meet new people and have fun. In busy nights both floors will be opened so when you want to take it easy you can simply go to the cocktail bar and chill.
The clientele is very diverse and from beginners to pros and from locals to tourists El Son is the meeting point for all Salsa fans in the city center of Madrid. If you are looking for a fun beginner’s class and the opportunity to meet new people, check out the Meet & Dance event every Monday at Sala Cool.
El Son opens every day from 22:00 and there is no guest list. You just go and get the best deals directly at the door.
El Son is in Calle Victoria 6. The closest metro is Sol.
Why should you go? The perfect place to salsa your heart for beginners, intermediate and pros at the sam time.
Rooftop Casa Suecia – The Best City Views of Madrid!
The rooftop terrace of Casa Suecia is the perfect place to have a sundowner after work or chill with friends in the weekend. The venue has two floors with a bar, chairs, couches, tables, music and the best city views. Whether during the day or at night time, the amazing views will not disappoint you.
Although the venue and its views are the best of the city the rooftop terrace still is not as commercially exploited as the rooftop terrace of its neighbor Circulo de Bellas Artes. The crowd comprises mostly clients of the hotel and insiders that have heard from a friend about this fantastic place.
The rooftop terrace is open every day from 12:00pm in the afternoon until 1:00am in the morning. If there are no events scheduled, the entry will be free.
The rooftop terrace is located on the top floor of the 5 star hotel NH Collection Madrid Suecia in Calle Marqués de Casa Riera 4. The closest metro station is Sevilla.
Why should you go? The perfect place to have a drink while enjoying the magnificent views of Madrid.
Baila Cariño – The Best Gay Party in Madrid!
Madrid is actually one of the most liberal and gay friendliest cities in the world. Every year the Madrid Orgullo (Madrid Pride) takes place in the Spanish capital attracting millions of people from all around the globe to have a huge party together.
Baila Cariño is the most well known gay party in Madrid. With Sala Cool the party takes place in a top venue with three different atmospheres: Main Room, Baila Room and White Room.
The majority of the crowd is gay, but any other sexual orientations are welcome as well.
Baila Cariño is every Saturday and attracts more than 1.000 people each week. We recommend you to come early to reduce waiting time and get in before the place reaches its capacity. For more information about the weekl events and guest list, please check out the official Facebook page here.
Baila Cariño takes place at Sala Cool, Calle Isabel Católica 6. The closest metro stations are Santo Domingo, Plaza España and Callao.
Why should you go? If you are looking for the best gay party in Madrid you should not miss Baila Cariño.