Madrid by night- after dark in the Spanish Capital

Madrid by night- after dark in the Spanish Capital

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So let’s suppose that you’re a lost tourist wandering around Madrid. You’ve been walking the whole day, visiting the majority of the touristic stuff listed on your personal map. Yes, you’ve been to the Plaza Mayor, yes you've bought your souvenirs from Plaza de Sol, yes you’ve seen the Opera, yes you’ve walked from Malasaña to Chueca and back to the center. It’s been a long day and you already feel exhausted. However, you’re in Spain, you can’t go home, it’s always too early! (spanish standards, here we go!). You are aware that your night cannot just end that fast.

...get ready cause it’s about to get dark in Madrid!

The options of where to go for a proper night out in Madrid are seemingly endless and they all look great; of course it all depends on your personal lifestyle and budget. To give you an idea, I’ve decided to write this piece of an article listing some of my favourite neighbourhoods and things to do after dark while there! So here we go!

First things first; Start with some food, hit the foodmarkets

The city is teeming with colourful food markets offering traditional goodies like jamón, trendy items and prepared foodstuffs. But with so many options in the city, knowing where to go—especially if you want to experience the city like a local—can be tough. One of the best things about these markets is getting the chance to try a little bit of everything. Thankfully, both boast enough vendors to satisfy hunger pangs. If looking for something a bit different, Italian pizzas and pastas, Greek dishes, African dishes and a plethora of raciones prepared back in a kitchen can be all found in most of those markets. In any case, a visit to the foodmarkets before starting heavily drinking is always a good idea. Plus, it’s a no doubt spanish thing; eating and drinking early in the evening in some mercado, instantly gives you some local, “acting like they spanish do” points…

...or maybe some tapas?

If you’re craving some typical spanish tapas then La Latina is the place to be. La Latina is synonymous with going out for beers in Madrid. Weekends mean trying to get an elbow in to order at a bar, and booking in advance or arriving early for a table in a restaurant. At the same time, you may find great bars for getting the drinks in, and venues where you can enjoy good music!

Urban drinking- It’s botellon time!

If you’ve ever visited Spain I’m pretty sure that you heard about their famous “botellon”. The spanish people simply love drinking and socialising in the streets and squares before hitting the bars. Ideally, Malasaña and Lavapies offer a variety of that kind of squares perfect for spanish and not only, pre-drinks. Filled with bars and cafés with outdoor terraces, those neighbourhoods are always filled with young people. Many streets converge here with a marked alternative environment, with different fashion stores including the work of young designers and vintage clothes, as well as pop-rock bars and varied restaurants.

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Bar hopping in Lavapies

As you have probably already realised by reading previous articles of mine, Lavapies is definitely one of my favourite neighborhoods in Madrid, since it offers an alternative and multicultural lifestyle that cannot easily be found in every neighborhood. Famous for its counterculture, its mercados, its graffitis and its international food corners, Lavapies can also steal your heart with its nightlife options. Well, I guess that’s a bit subjective, however if you enjoy attending live concerts and jamming sessions during a night out, then you’ll probably appreciate my suggestions.

© Photo: Bar Candela

Bar hopping in Malasaña

If you’re a fan of the 70s-80’s counterculture and lifestyle I’m pretty sure that you’re gonna enjoy a night stroll in Malasaña. Malasaña was one of the primary locations where many of the underground revolutionary events took place and where actually the movida Madrilena slowly started! Imagine yourself entering in an black-lighted bar and reviving or let’s better say experiencing the 80’s counterculture attitude, lifestyle and music while being surrounded by people of all ages dancing till the morning comes…

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Awesome right?…

Of course the night is still young and I guess it’s about time to hit the “discotecas” or simply and universally known as, the night clubs. However to get a glimpse into Madrid’s dance scene, all you have to do is wait a bit longer!!! New article on Madrid’s best night clubs is on its way and about to be released soon! Cheers!

Cover picture credits ©jacoblund

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Chrisa Lepida

Chrisa Lepida

My name is Chrisa and I come from Greece. As nature lover, winter sports addict and Erasmus obsessed, I’m always writing about these topics.

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