Madrid is best for...

Rooftop terraces: Visit the many rooftop bars, where you can spend time enjoying a drink or two in a relaxed atmosphere

Its live music scene: Listen to live jazz, blues, folk and flamenco in the bars, restaurants and outdoor venues throughout the capital

Late-night clubs: The clubs in Madrid start to get busy after 1am and often close at 6am, meaning you can dance the night away

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Madrid is Spanish

Currency: The currency used in Madrid is the Euro

Local time: Madrid is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Madrid's main airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport

From tapas bars where you can spend the whole evening sipping wine and having small bites to eat, to lively dance clubs that stay open until the early hours, the Madrid nightlife scene is buzzing.With warm summer evenings, some of the best nightlife spills out onto streets and terraces so you can make the most of Madrid’s beautiful weather.

Madrid is full of wine and cocktail bars where you can people-watch to your heart’s content. With beers as small as 20cl, it’s easy to enjoy early evening drinks in street seating and plan your night ahead with a little plate of calamari.

There are plenty of lively bars to move onto in the Literary Quarter or in the Princesa neighbourhood. In Lavapiés you’ll be charmed by an international nightlife scene with everything from flamenco nights to reggae music. This is a vibrant part of Madrid and there’s a surprise around every corner.

Party hard

If you’re looking to party, then it’s a discobar or discoteca that you’re after. Discobares specialise in rock, pop and salsa music, get busy around 11pm and stay open until 3am. Discotecas play dance, house, and techno music, usually open around 1am and stay open until sunrise. Head over to Chueca for clubs that stay open into the early hours and where you’ll find the hottest DJs and the best dancefloors.

If you want a more refined evening, then head to a bodega or a Xampanyeria. Bodegas are wine bars, while Xampanyerias specialise in champagne. Wherever you go, don’t head out too early as most people in Madrid don’t have dinner until 10pm. This means that tapas bars and all the other nightlife options will be quiet before then.

One of the best ways to experience Madrid’s nightlife is to choose a neighbourhood and simply go for a stroll. With so many bars and clubs, you’re sure to find hidden venues where you’ll have the time of your time in this friendly capital city. Right in the heart of Madrid is Sol Gran Via which holds some of the most popular bars, from elegant luxury to lively student venues and tourist hotspots.

Madrid is easy to navigate at night with the metro, buses and taxis. Wherever you stay on your holiday to Madrid, you’ll find a whole host of exciting nightlife waiting for you down the nearby streets throughout the neighbourhood.