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Madrid nightlife

Even Catalans admit that Madrid's clubs rage even more than Barcelona's. The Malasaña neighborhood has a scene that's artsy in places and often quite young; even the high schoolers tend to hit the bars around here. Still, to miss the spectacle of the all-night Malasaña street party on a Saturday is to miss an essential element of modern Madrid. The late-20s to early-30s scene, meanwhile, has its epicenter in Chueca, to the east of Malasaña. Like many traditionally gay neighborhoods, Chueca has turned into a more mixed scene that attracts hipsters from all over town. But don't overlook the more traditional La Latina area, south of the Palacio Real, especially on weekends. As most people start their night out at a tapas bar after 10pm, we've included our recommendations here instead of in our Eating section. If you're looking for traditional tapas, head to the series of small sidestreets leading off Plaza Santa Ana.

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Arola Madrid, Madrid

The restaurant in the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid's most avant-garde museum, is everything you'd expect. A shimmering red ceiling ripples and then soars...more

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Café Marula, Madrid

Frank Lloyd Wright shades of browns and organic yellows deck out this loud, warmly lit hot spot in the old La Latina neighborhood, where you'll find beautiful...more

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Casa de América, Madrid

This luxuriously sprawling outdoor bar, set on a series of terraces in the garden of the Casa de América cultural center, is on the more sedate end of the...more

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Citra, Madrid

Architect Ignacio García de Vinuesa has created a memorable visual experience at this tapas and cocktail bar: Recessed lamps emit a warm, romantic light...more

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Corral de Moreíra, Madrid

Taking in a flamenco show in Madrid can be a fantastic experience, but beware cheesy imitations—tourist traps abound. Moreíra is the real deal, the...more

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Del Diego, Madrid

Dapper in his dark suit, distinguished in his courtly manner, and wrinkled with cocktail wisdom, Fernando del Diego presides over his warmly lit zinc bar with a...more

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Depintxos, Madrid

Pintxos are Basque-style tapas, bites atop slices of French bread, and they represent one of the most fun little traditional corners of Spanish cuisine....more

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Glam Street, Madrid

In keeping with the style consciousness of the neighborhood, this Malasaña lounge and dance club is owned by the artist Yurena, formerly known as...more

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Glass Bar and La Terraza del Urban, Madrid

If you can get in—and come early (before 10 p.m.) if you want to be guaranteed a spot—these bars in Hotel Urban are the hottest places in the city...more

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Korgui, Madrid

The groundbreaking drinks at this artistically lit "bar gastronómico" extend the Spanish flair for culinary experimentation to the cocktail...more

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