Gran Via and Sol Nightlife, Madrid

Citizens of Madrid are famous for being dynamic and very outgoing. Living in one of the liveliest cities in Europe, locals enjoy the nightlife, when Madrid transforms into an array of colors and music. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Central Madrid in the next self-guided tour.
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Gran Via and Sol Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Gran Via and Sol Nightlife
Guide Location: Spain » Madrid (See other walking tours in Madrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: emma
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Ohm

1) Ohm

A massive nightlife establishment that attracts a predominantly gay male crowd, though welcomes all, Ohm can hold a capacity of 3000 guests and plays some of the best electronica in the city. Wednesday evenings features a fabulous cabaret show that packs quite a crowd, while Friday night guests can party with male go-go dancers providing eye-candy for the crowd. Ohm is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and plenty of dazzling lights to set the party off right, and host DJs spinning a bevy of cutting-edge house and techno tunes that really gets the crowd going on the dance floor until the wee hours.
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Larios Cafe

2) Larios Cafe

A fantastic multi-purpose establishment, Larios Café features a fabulous restaurant offering inspired international cuisine, while also turning up the heat with live Cuban music late nights where guests really get down on the dance floor. Featuring two distinct spaces, each with its own vibe and music, the award-winning Art Deco interior was designed by Tomas Alia and adds a sophisticated touch to this hip Madrid hotspot. The cuisine draws its inspiration from the Canary Islands, with a local flair to create a unique and savory selection of dishes to suit any taste. Larios Café is also a great place to host a private event or corporate function in style.

Operation Hours: Wednesday: 9 pm – 4 am; Thursday: 9 pm – 5 am; Friday - Saturday: 9 pm – 5.30 am
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Club Joy Eslava

3) Club Joy Eslava

Found inside a former theater built back in the 19th century, Club Joy Eslava features one of Madrid’s most impressive light shows to match the upbeat bevy of dance music. Equipped with a spacious, sunken dance floor, guests will be dazzled by the high-tech lasers and synchronized light show spread across three floors of pure entertainment. The horseshoe-shaped balcony wraps around the stage area overlooking the action down below and offers a place for guests to relax with a cocktail when not cutting it up on the dance floor. Entertainment usually features upbeat dance tunes, techno, and disco, though can occasionally include live music performance from an assortment of genres.
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El Son

4) El Son

Located in the heart of the city, El Son is a popular Latin dance club where guests can party all night long to hot Latin beats. In addition to salsa, El Son features a range of other Latin-influenced sounds, like bachata and merengue, as well as Caribbean music throughout the week, which makes it a popular spot for Madrid’s Latin American community. Music is served up by both DJs and live bands. Because of its location in the center of the city, El Son attracts a fair amount of tourists from other parts of the world as well. When needing a break from the dance floor, guests to El Son can chill in the tranquil lounge room.

Operation Hours: Daily: 9.30 pm – 6 am
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Glass Bar

5) Glass Bar

An upscale establishment found inside the ultra-modern Urban hotel in Madrid, the Glass Bar, as its name implies, features a transparent theme throughout the space. The impressive and sophisticated interior includes transparent chairs designed by Phillipe Starck, known as ghost chairs, crystal floors that light from underneath, and an impressive spider-like Moroccan chandelier. Especially famous for its oyster bar, in addition to expertly-crafted cocktails, guests will be delighted by the Glass Bar’s menu of Japanese-inspired cuisine, specializing in delicious seafood dishes in particular like soft-shell crab salad and toro tuna tartare.

Operation Hours: Sunday: 11 am - midnight; Monday - Wednesday: 10.30 am - midnight; Thursday - Friday: 10.30 am - 3 am; Saturday: 11 am - 3 am
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Mondo

6) Mondo

Attracting a sorted crowd consisting of mainly guests in their early-twenties, Mondo is one of the best places in Madrid to hear a variety of fantastic electronic music, including underground sounds in a variety of flavors unmatched just about anywhere in the city. A popular nightclub located in the heart of the city, guests here routinely get down to a bevy of sounds, including many hues of techno, house, deep house, minimal, drum and bass, funk, tech house, and more. The music is served up by popular local DJs, as well as touring international artists. Mondo’s three resident DJs also rock the house on Saturday nights.

Operation Hours: Thursday - Saturday: 12.30 am – 6 am
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Museo Chicote

7) Museo Chicote

When you are looking at your list of museums to visit in Madrid, don’t be misled by the Museo Chicote on the Gran Via – it is not a museum, it is the most famous cocktail bar in Madrid. During the Spanish Civil War the bar was a favorite meeting place for the Foreign Press and Hemingway was one of its most regular patrons. It has kept its nineteen thirties Retro style, but has added modern lighting, modern acoustics, a dance floor and some of the top Spanish DJ’s to entertain you into the small hours. The walls are festooned with the great and famous who have (perhaps) sipped refreshing cocktails in the heat of the Spanish summer nights. Here you can see – apart from the famous Ernest – photos of Dali, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra and Orson Welles, among others.

If Ava Gardener ever frequented the place, you would have a hard time proving she didn't – a well positioned photo suggests that she did; but in these days of airbrushing software, who really knows? Only the bar-tenders and they are keeping mum! The cocktails aren't very cheap, around 7 Euros a glass, and a lot of people don’t find them up to the high standard the fame of the bar requires they should be, but you should visit the place to form your own opinion. You should know, however, that at night the cocktail bar is a favorite haunt for gays, the music is very loud and the place is often over-crowded. If you want to have fun, then it’s a great place to spend the evening; if you want a bit of peace and quiet, it would be better if you chose another bar – or spent the evening at your hotel with a good book!

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 17.00 - 03.00. Sunday - closed.

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