Updated: October 11, 2023Published: February 8, 2023
Madrid is a cosmopolitan city. That is also home to fun and entertainment, but also to the 15th-best bar in the World, according to the World’s 50 Best Bars Ranking.
I’ll guide you through the most trendy locations in Madrid to have drinks and tapas that will mark the beginning of the best nightlife you’ve ever had.
From high-end spots to delight yourself with exquisite cocktails to fun, cheap, authentic dive bars that are best to go to with your friends.
I’ll uncover the “places to be” you can definitely NOT miss when visiting the city, along with a map with more than 57 bars you should write down in your list in case you need help knowing where to grab a drink in Madrid.
Also, I’ll give you some insight into what locals think are great bar options if you want to hang out where Madrileños spend the after-work hours, enjoy a good atmosphere, and “el tardeo, vermú y las copas.”
PS: In case you were looking for free itineraries, we have created 11 to travel all Spain and I linked them at the end of this article.
Calle Echegaray No 21, 28014 Madrid Spain
+34 910 00 61 85
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Salmon Guru is on the list of the World’s 50 best Bars in the 15th position.
It is a very well-known bar with a good reputation. Their cocktails are fun, different, unique, and tasty, and the ambiance makes it a funky and retro-style bar.
It’s one of those places where you feel good vibes from the very first moment you walk in the door. Besides, they probably tell you at the entrance that the bar “is full,” so you will most likely have to wait 10 minutes, but that’s part of the hype.
Definitely worth a try, and the cocktails have an outstanding presentation!
C. de Recoletos, 16, 28001 Madrid
+34 911 08 99 50
$$ - $$$
Harrison is a cocktail bar of the Larrumba Group based on the concept of Post-Prohibition in the U.S. This moment, defined by the Cullen-Harrison Act, is honored by this bar in one of the best areas of Madrid with a super exquisite and exclusive atmosphere.
Perfect if you go with a small group of friends, and it’s also great for having dates. Around 12am, it gets more vibey with music and a downstairs area for chill dancing.
Many people agree that Tony 2’s vibes are out of this World.
After going inside, you’ll experience the joy of becoming one with everyone in the place while singing along to the timeless songs played by the pianists with drinks in hand until 6am.
I recommend this place after having a nice dinner or enjoying an evening with friends. Tony 2 is the perfect place to go after getting excited to continue the night with a fun plan that is out of the ordinary, and the club is not what you’re looking for.
There is a small line at the entrance, but you always end up getting in. There’s an entrance fee of 13 Euros, and the ticket includes a drink of your choice.
Another plus is that you can go literally any day of the week, and it is just as lively and crowded.
Jungle Jazz Club - Amazónico
C. de Jorge Juan, 20, 28001 Madrid
+34 915 15 43 32
The Jungle Jazz Club by Amazónico is an elegant and warm space that offers its visitors thebest jazz ever, combined with a music mix from the Caribbean, Africa, or Latin America.
The cocktails are great and are accompanied by a good atmosphere, super exclusive and high-end.
I asked the bartender to make me a personalized cocktail with notes of mint, mezcal, lemon, and cucumber. Incredible experience!
The Madrid Edition
Pl. de Celenque, 2, 28013 Madrid
The Madrid Edition is a luxury hotel that also features a dynamic space perfect for evening drinks.
The design of the place is really impressive. It is all custom designed by the best architects and interior designers. You will be surrounded by unique and authentic pieces that will make your experience super intimate and warm.
C/ Sevilla, 3. Madrid
+34 91 088 333
ISA is the Gastrobar of the Four Seasons Hotel in Madrid. It is super creative and elegant. It creates an excellent atmosphere to socialize and enjoy delicious cocktails and tasty tapas that are a mix of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine worth trying!
The menu could be more extensive, but more than enough.
Another thing that could be improved is that it is a little pricey for the quantities. Although it depends on what you are looking for. Also, live music and well-known DJs go three times a week, and the service is excellent.
This trendy restaurant has the classic dishes of Madrid’s gastronomy.
Bribón de Madrid is perfect for visitors who want to get to know the most authenticanddistinguishedMadrilenianlifestyle.
As you will see, prolonged meals that end in “sobremesas” are a thing in Spain. After a few drinks, you finish your dinner in a fun way with a cool atmosphere and even with a live DJ during the weekend.
Remember this concept. We have similar articles mentioning many restaurants that gain “atmosphere” in the evenings and clubs that are also bars and vice versa.
Barbara Ann is a very cool bar, fun, different, and with a strong personality where music and food are the keys to the generated atmosphere.
It falls into the category of restaurants that gainambiance over the course of the night. The vibe is super cozy, and the staff, who are (mostly) artists, perform live performances and dances at midnight.
Barbara Ann makes it to this list as an enjoyable and creative bar, so many people are often trying to get in, and it’s occasionally full.
Still, it is a fantastic option if you’re looking to get entertained while socializing. And it’s perfect for a date night!
Inigo Navarro is a seasoned travel writer with a deep understanding of Spain's cities, culture, people and language. Born and raised in Spain, he has spent years exploring the country and is currently one of the most-read Travel Bloggers about Spain. Inigo is also an experienced digital marketer, a father to 4 beautiful children and a huge Real Madrid Fan. ¡Hala Madrid!