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Qualifying the best nightlife in Madrid is like talking about your favorite dish at Thanksgiving. “Uff,” a Madrileño would say. Some of the most famous nightclubs in the world are in the Spanish capital, including glam Pacha (which blasts everything from house to R&B) and packed Joy Eslava (which is heavy on house). The seven-floor Kapital plays different music on each floor, while Palacio Gaviria is a 16th-century castle replete with marble staircases and the latest dance music — not exactly what you imagine goes on inside a royal residence. Keep in mind, these places stay open until 6 a.m. or later in many cases, so be sure you’re ready for a night out — the whole night.
Aside from the big clubs, Madrid offers some of the best bar scenes in the world, with possibly more bars per capita than any other city on Earth. The Barrio de las Letras and Huertas area, near Plaza Santa Ana, has dozens of bars, pubs and clubs, so if you don’t like a spot, play Goldilocks and head next door or across the street; you’ll find something that’s just right.
For an alternative scene, check out Lavapiés, which shows the distinct influence of its foreign inhabitants, with world music, hookah bars and international cuisine. And we’d be remiss to not mention La Latina, the neighborhood for tapas and stylish bars. Don’t miss La Cava Baja, a well-known street in La Latina. Pop into one of its bars, order a round of drinks and get your complimentary finger foods to learn what it really means to be a Madrileño.