Zones of Bars in Madrid

La Latina, Madrid

La Latina is actually the oldest area of Madrid as such it is filled with small streets lined with bars. Here it is typical to spend the night “tappeando”, a Spanish version of pub crawling, where you have a tapa and a caña in every bar.

Rainbow flags during gay pride in Chueca

Chueca is situated north of Gran Via and between Fuencarral and Calle de Barquillo. Historically it was quite poor area but in the 80s it has converted into a gay area which with it has brought upmarket restaurants and bars.

Calle Argumosa in Lavipies, Madrid

Lavapiés is an inexpensive area whose name comically translates to “wash feet”. It was originally the Jewish quarter of the city until the Jews were expelled in 1492. The area still is famous for having a large foreign population.

Plaza dos de Mayo in Malasaña

Malasaña is known for its counter culture scene. This all started during the Movida movement that was sparked by Franco’s death in 1975. It is unpretentious offering all types of music from rock, punk, reggae to house.

Traditional bars in Sol

Sol is right smack in the middle of Madrid. The area for bars is just south of the main square and metro stop. It is a bit of a tourist trap but you’ll find many nice tapas bars and venues with live music that although they are not the most unique places you’ll always have a good time.

A view of Salamanca an upscale nightlife in Madrid

Salamanca is to Madrid as 5th Avenue is to New York. It is most famous for boutique fashion shops as well as well-known luxury brands. Salamanca’s nightlife mirrors this style with many upgrade restaurants and expensive bars and clubs.