The best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife

The best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife

When it comes to partying, only a handful of countries go as hard as Spain. All around this European nation, you’ll witness packed nightclubs, people holding their glasses in the air, a lot of hooking up and dancing until the sun is rising.

Out of all the cities, Madrid deserves an honourable mention for being the nightlife epicentre of Spain since there is always something to do (and especially to see) on its streets.

Madrileños are energetic people who seem to defy time and schedules by having dinner around 10 pm, pre-drinks at midnight, then heading to a club at two or three in the morning AND going home right before dawn, so it’s safe to say that keeping up with them is not an easy task.

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Whether you’re looking to indulge in tapas and cocktails with friends, dive right into Madrid’s alternative scene, or to bust a move at an exclusive club, the Spanish capital has something to offer any day (and night!) of the week and choosin.

If you’re planning to visit this city soon, you should know that choosing the best area to stay in Madrid for nightlife is as critical as knowing that being early at the party is, pretty much, a sin.

Since you will be leaving your hotel late, staying close to the attractions you are hoping to check is recommended to save time and money because a) taxis can be expensive b) public transportation is not as frequent c) it is, for the most part, safe to walk around Madrid.

There are certain things you should take into account while choosing the best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife purposes, but it all comes down to your particular preferences in the end.

If the ever-growing hipster scene of Madrid catches your attention, areas like Malasaña and the grungy Lavapiés are right up your alley.

On the other hand, Chueca is the place to go for gay clubs and LGBT friendly venues, while Serrano is probably the most exclusive district in Madrid.

Here’s a list of the top areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife, carefully selected to match your unique clubbing style.

The best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife

Malasaña – Hipster paradise

Malasaña, located in the centre of Madrid, is the cradle of La Movida Madrileña, the late 70s/early 80s social and cultural movement that came to full fruition after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco.

La Movida saw a lot of (at the time) up-and-coming personalities such as filmmaker Pedro Almodovar or musicians like Mecano refusing to censor themselves, redefining Spain’s point of view in arts, sexuality, and culture.

As a result, Malasaña is treasured by artists, bohemians, and all kinds of other urban tribes, and has managed to maintain most of its alternative appeal.

Malasaña is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife due to the perfect contrast of posh restaurants with hipster bars and venues in the neighbourhood.

This part of Madrid is well-connected through lines 1, 2, 3, 4 and 10 of the metro, with stations at just a 10-minute walk from anywhere in the district.

Party in La Vía Láctea Bar - Malasaña, Madrid

Party in La Vía Láctea Bar – Malasaña, Madrid

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife - Malasaña - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife – Malasaña – Click here to see all hotels on a map

The nightlife here includes:

  • El Penta
  • 1862 Dry Bar
  • Fábrica Maravaillas
  • La Vía Láctea
  • MADKLYN

Hand-picked hotels in Malasaña

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San Bernardo Rooms

Comfy San Bernardo Rooms is located in Madrid, 458 m from Calle de la Princesa. Located around half a kilometer from Puerta del Sol, the guesthouse is also 1 km away from Plaza Mayor. Free WiFi is available and on-site parking is provided.

from €30
 

 

 

Letras – La Latina

Las Letras is everyone’s favourite area to get in a party mood, before the actual party. This district comes alive from 10 pm to midnight, a perfect timeframe for groups of friends to get together and enjoy the best tapas and cocktails that Madrid has to offer.

It is common for workers to meet at Las Letras after office for some very needed drinks to release some stress. This neighbourhood is also popular among those who just got up from a power nap (or “siesta”), fully energized to go clubbing.

The streets of Las Letras & La Latina are named after some of the greatest Spanish writers in history, including Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and Quevedo, to only name a few, which adds a bohemian vibe to the quarter.

Las Letras is connected through metro and is the best area to stay in Madrid for nightlife if you enjoy low-key, chilled entertainment or love to start the party early with pre-drinks, but don’t be fooled: There’s also clubs in Las Letras & Latina to get wild to the latest dance and house music.

Enjoy tapas and beers in Las Letras & La Latina - Madrid

Enjoy tapas and beers in Las Letras & La Latina – Madrid

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife - Las Letras & La Latina - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife – Las Letras & La Latina – Click here to see all hotels on a map

The nightlife here includes:

  • Mi Madre Era Una Groupie
  • Kapital
  • Sol & Sombra
  • Estado Puro
  • Matute 12

Hand-picked hotels in Las Letras & La Latina

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Hostal Royal Cruz

Lovely Hostal Royal Cruz
is located just 150 meters from Puerta del Sol in Madrid, and offers a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi.

from €69
 

 

 

Chueca – The Gay heart of Madrid

Chueca is the gay district in Madrid par excellence and is located next to Malasaña.

Around this neighbourhood, you’ll find something to do each day of the week since there are hundreds of bars and clubs on Chueca’s sidewalks that welcome all members of the LGBTQ community and allies.

In addition, it’s an easy task to move from Chueca to other places in Madrid since it is connected through metro, including its own station.

Chueca is the best area to stay in Madrid for nightlife if you’d like to dance like there’s no tomorrow in one its many weekly theme parties, listening to pop hits while tasting avant-garde dishes with fruity drinks. It’s up to you!

On the other hand, if you’re planning to visit Madrid during Pride (usually between the last week of June and the first of July), hotels in Chueca can be very expensive and booking a room in advance is recommended.

Chueca during Madrid Gay Pride - Best area for LGBT nightlife in Madrid

Chueca during Madrid Gay Pride – Best area for LGBT nightlife in Madrid

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife - Chueca - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife – Chueca – Click here to see all hotels on a map

The nightlife here includes:

  • Bearbie Madrid
  • Enfrente Club
  • Gris
  • Delirio
  • El Bulldog

Hand-picked hotels in Chueca

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Room Mate Oscar

LGBT-oriented Room Mate Oscar is an elegant hotel located in the center of Madrid, between the Gran Vía and the Chueca neighborhood. There is free Wi-Fi, a rooftop bar and rooms with a flat-screen TV.

from €119
 

 

 

Lavapiés – Poor but sexy

Lavapiés is located in the southcentral area of Madrid and has become the new favourite district for hipsters who think that Malasaña has gotten mainstream over the last couple of years.

This part of the city is next to the Latina & Las Letras barrio, and was in the reserved for the working class and immigrants.

However, over the last couple of years, Lavapiés and its grungy aesthetic have gained momentum, becoming a very lively part of Madrid’s nightlife.

Lavapiés is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife because of its diverse party scene since there’s something for everybody.

This neighbourhood is also connected to the rest of the city through metro.

Chill in a hipster bar in Lavapiés - Madrid

Chill in a hipster bar in Lavapiés – Madrid

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife - Lavapiés - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife – Lavapiés – Click here to see all hotels on a map

The nightlife here includes:

  • Traveling Bar
  • La Huelga de Lavapiés
  • Candela
  • Delirium Dance Club
  • Club 33

Hand-picked hotels around Lavapiés

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Artrip Hotel

Beautiful Artrip Hotel is located in the Madrid district of Lavapiés. It offers functional rooms with free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms.

from €109
 

 

 

Serrano – The uppest of the upper

Serrano is the most exclusive area of Madrid.

Known as Calle de Serrano (Serrano Street), this beautiful place is in the northern part of Madrid, and its huge extension covers two of the City’s most elegant districts: Chamartín and Salamanca.

Although Serrano is mainly famous for being a shopping area, it is also filled with nightlife options that are worth discovering, even if they are a little pricey.

Serrano is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife if you prefer posh clubs, or are hoping to see celebrities partying during your visit to Spain’s capital, but keep in mind that accommodation is usually expensive.

This quarter is perfectly connected through metro, and it’s not uncommon to spot people wearing the latest fashion trends on any of its transportation options.

Go clubbing in Serrano 41 - Madrid

Go clubbing in Serrano 41 – Madrid

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife - Serrano - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Best areas to stay in Madrid for nightlife – Serrano – Click here to see all hotels on a map

The nightlife here includes:

  • Le Boutique Club
  • El Callejón de Serrano
  • Discoteca Serrano 41
  • Black Star
  • ThunderCat Club

Hand-picked hotels around Serrano

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Petit Palace Lealtad Plaza

Charming Petit Palace Lealtad Plaza is located 200 meters from the Prado Museum and Retiro Park, it offers elegant rooms with a free iPad.

from €109
 

 

 

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