Nightlife in Madrid
It’s safe to say that Madrid is a night city with a vibrant nightlife, especially on weekends in the summer months. Clubs don't begin to fill up until well after midnight, and even bars and pubs will stay open until the early hours of the morning. This is partly to do with the climate, because in July and August the late evening offers some relief from the heat of the day.
At this time of year “terrazas” will take over the streets, providing outdoor spaces for people to drink and even dance. There’s no doubt you’ll find something for your taste, be it a bar, cafeteria, a pub or a club. Bars and cafeterias usually serve a pale and refreshing lager, which is often enjoyed with free tapas. Pubs are a little more darkly lit and oriented towards drinking rather than food. Clubs come in all shapes and sizes and usually keep going until the early hours of the morning. The 'superclubs' are different venues where you can dance the night away on techno and dance music.
The style and pace of Madrid's nightlife naturally depends on the area of the city you visit. La Chueca is Madrid's gay quarter and boasts plenty of dance clubs. The neighbouring area of Malasaña is also loaded with exciting nightspots, including Barco, often labelled as the best club in the city. The nightlife in the upmarket neighbourhood of Salamanca is pricier, with many of the clientele dressing to impress and doormen exercising their right to turn people away if they don't meet the dress code.