Welcome to the European version of the city that never sleeps. With clubs that stay open until 6am, restaurants that serve food at all hours of the day and night, and taxi drivers always around, this city has endless opportunity for some nightlife fun.
Before we get to night life, we need to explore the city sights first. A must see in Madrid is the Glass Palace. A beautifully constructed building made of, yes you guessed it, glass! You can look into the building and see the amazing detail. Typically, you can walk inside the building and admire the inner workings. Unfortunately, when I was there it was under construction, so we could only admire the building from the outside. Which was still simply stunning.
In the same garden area as the glass palace is a beautiful water fountain with a statue inside. Stop and take a look as you slowly walk around and enjoy nature. If you would like, you can rent a little canoe and paddle your way through the pond. It is quite a romantic little date for you and a loved one if that is who you are traveling with. Or a fun experience with some friends.
After spending your day in the parks and walking around the city center, head to the Plaza Mayor at night time for dinner. Pick a restaurant with outdoor seating and heaters because believe me when I say you will get a little chilly at night. Your first night in Spain it is a must that you order a pitcher of Sangria and paella. Both are found nearly everywhere in Spain and incredibly delicious. So, you would be silly not to try it at least once on your trip.
Next up, let’s dive into the culture of Spain and head to a flamenco show. If you go online to Groupon or Google, you will find many shows in Madrid for Flamenco. You have the option to have dinner at the show, but with so many yummy restaurants to try it out you might want to do dinner before to get a full experience of the city. At most Flamenco shows you will receive a complimentary drink of choice. Sipping on a drink and watching traditional dancing, sounds like an amazing night! The dancing is accompanied by singing as well, and the beauty and passion of the dancers and singers is moving. It is easy to tell that they deeply love their culture and are doing this because they enjoy it, not simply for the money.
After Flamenco, you are ready for the night life of Madrid. If you want to experience the night life of Madrid, make sure that you are well rested because you will be up for most of the night. There are many smaller local bars that are getting the pregame ready around 10pm, but once the night gets going you will move to a club to dance all night. If you stay a hostel, chances are that they host pub crawls every night where they will take you two bars and one club with free entrance and drinks at each stop for an upfront fee of around 15 euro at the hostel. These pub crawls will begin at midnight. If your hostel isn’t going while you are there, make sure you make the trip to Teatro Barceló. This is a three-story club that closes at 6am. The entrance fee is 18 euro and includes a free drink with premium liquor. The club has upbeat dance music, and everyone is happy and having fun. You will meet people from all of the world that are out to dance their night away. Another club that is legendary in Madrid is Teatro Kapital. This club has seven floors. Essentially, it is a bigger better version of Teatro Barceló. If your hostel isn’t planning a trip there while you are in town, it would be worth finding your own transportation there.
The day after a night of clubbing, the most important thing is obviously food. Head over to my favorite restaurant in Madrid, Bresca. Their tigella’s are out of this world. The bread is warm and soft (who doesn’t love that?) and they have many options for toppings to put inside. There are also multiple vegetarian friendly options. Their lunch deal is one that you shouldn’t miss. For 11.50 euros you can get two tigellas, an entree of the day (they will tell you those on the day you go) a drink, and a dessert. The amount of food that you receive for your money is one of the best in Madrid and the quality of the food and service is immaculate.
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