The Spanish have long been associated with some of the best dancing the world has ever seen, and as the home of flamenco and Paso Doble, it’s no wonder why. But as with other cities around the world, where you go and what you do depends primarily on your personal interests. In Madrid there are many different types of dance, some of them more traditional while others are more contemporary. If you know where to go though, you’ll be able to get your feet on the dance floor the night of your arrival!
Madrid’s Best Places to Dance
La Cartuja Disco
Sitting on Calle Cruz in the center of the city, La Cartuja is a very cool-looking place with Arab style influences and a fantastic dance floor. Though the music it plays sometimes changes, it is always for the purpose of dancing. La Cartuja is open from Wednesday to Saturday.
This is always one of the top ranked places for young travelers and Madrilenos alike, though people of all ages may enjoy going. Palacio Gaviria is a palace that has been converted into a dance club, and you can find it on Calle del Arenal. There is a cover charge of €10-15, but it is well worth it. It is open from midnight to 6 a.m.
This large club has something for everyone. With seven floors, a retractable roof, you can dance to house, hip hop and R&B, Latin pop and more. For those of your friends who prefer to stay off the dance floor(s), there is a karaoke bar they can entertain themselves at. Kapital is open on Friday and Saturday, from midnight to 6 a.m.
Discoteca El Son
Set on the Calle de la Victoria, El Son is very popular with both Madrilenos and the city’s Latin American visitors/residents. If you like salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia and other Latin American and Caribbean music, this is the place to go (if you want to learn some new dance skills, be sure to check out their classes from professional instructors on Thursday and Friday, which cost only €6 per session). There are great DJs, but very often they will feature live bands and concerts. Everybody will be up on their feet dancing, so if you prefer to just sit at a bar all night, this is not for you.
This is one of the more famous discos in the city, and its eclectic mix of fun dance music from all genres manages to attract a wide variety of people. Adraba is located on Calle de Alcalá. Fortunately, the dance floor is very large, and while the place does get crowded, you will not find yourself with too little space to move.
The Black Jack discoteca in the center of the city is not for everybody (it is generally filled with tourists, so those seeking a more immersed cultural experience may not like it). Fortunately, there is no cover charge, and it is open all hours of the night, every night. The music can be a little too eclectic, at times, but if you’re looking to stay out all night without spending a lot of money or need a final destination for club hopping, this place is it.
Do you like electro? Yes, Madrid truly is a city with something for everybody. Mondo has specialized in Berlin electro for the last several years, and while it isn’t the most hopping dance club, many people do fined that there is a certain appeal to it. So, if you’re tired of the usual American/UK pop songs and Latin dance rhythms, head on over to Mondo for an entirely different dance experience. Mondo is located on Sala Stella, Arlaban.
Here is another dance club that will give you a breath of fresh air, or at least, a breath of different air. Sirocco is modeled after 60s dance clubs, and its décor is a dead giveaway. That said, the DJs there play all kinds of music from the past several decades. This place is located on San Dimas, and it is open Thursday through Saturday from midnight to 6 a.m.
Depending on what kind of mood you’re in, you may want to plan a night of visiting several different discotecas— you can dance salsa at one, move to the latest pop songs at another, then let your body flow with some modern-age electro. Since nights out dancing do start a bit later than those in the U.S. and many other countries, you may want to get a nap in ahead of time. Remember to bring a copy of your passport for entry. To have a truly fun and carefree experience, it really helps if you learn how to order a drink in Spanish!