Nights Out in Madrid from Huertas to Gran Vía

Madrid has lots of great places for a night out, although certain neighbourhoods, or barrios, have better nightlife than others.

One of the best known spots in the city for partying is the Huertas barrio, where you’ll find plenty of restaurants and hotels. There are lots of lively bars here as well, with El Lacón a local favourite. It’s the perfect place for you to start your night out, as you get free tapas with every drink that you order.

If you want to see a play, head to Gran Via. Considered to be the Broadway of Madrid, there are several world class theatres on this glamorous street. After the show chat about the best bits over drinks at Del Diego, where you’ll be surrounded by locals.

If you’re looking for the best gay-friendly venues in Madrid, you should go to the barrio of Chueca. Black & White is one of the oldest gay bars in Madrid, while Delirio is a cosy venue with fun drag shows, and Why Not has Baroque design features and crystal chandeliers. It’s a great part of town to explore as you dive into the array of bars to see which one suits you best.

Moncloa is a lively area that’s popular among Madrid’s students. Found close to a number of the city’s universities, Sala El Sol is great if you like watching live bands. Templo del Gato is a dive-style bar that plays lots of modern music, while the Host is the place for you if you want to sway your hips to salsa music.