Zones of Bars in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.