Dancing your night away in Madrid: Flamenco to Techno

Guest post by Vera Petryk, an author for Madrid.net

A Flamenco dancer in Corral de la Morería, Madrid. Photo via Wikimedia by Dtom

A Flamenco dancer in Corral de la Morería, Madrid. Photo via Wikimedia by Dtom

Spectacular, luxurious, bright and energetic Madrid is a great place for an amazing vacation. Surrounded by great historical buildings, interesting tours, fabulous museums and delicious food, it’s easy to get lost in the diversity of the city. So you don’t get overwhelmed by all the things to do in this Spanish capital, I suggest you dance your troubles away in one of the numerous dance floors of Madrid.

Spain has always been associated with great music and dancers and it makes sense, considering that it is a birthplace of Paso Double and flamenco. But it is not only national dances that make Madrid a great place to dance. Now, the city is also known as a great place to party. In a line of Madrid bars and discos you can find almost any kind of music, starting with flamenco and ending with clubs blasting modern techno music.

Madrid can has plenty of  little jazz bars, featuring light music and intelligent audience almost every night. Of course the main scene takes place on Friday when foreign musicians are play eclectic tunes. These days all jazz places are booked, so I recommend arriving earlier to take a seat and grab a snack.

One music bar worth a visit is Discoteca el Son. The place is located in the center of the city and is popular among locals and foreigners, especially those who come from Latin America as here one can find the Madrid’s best Caribbean/Latino music. The place is also good for the beginners: if you don’t know how to dance salsa, there is special hour and a half learning class each Thursday, so you won’t be shy on a dance floor.

If you’re looking for the wildest place in the whole city, head to the Chueca district. Here in the center of Madrid you will find dozens of nightclubs that will surely impress every visitor.  Famous “Truco” and “la Bohemia” are great bars to drink and dance, there is also a women’s only place called “Vendetta” where no men are allowed.  Those who want to grab a bite would be glad to hear that Chueca has several taco bars that work 24 hours a day, in fact, most of the district runs all night long.

There are fine restaurants, cafes and little stores where you can buy delicious cocktails and fresh beer. The crown jewel of the district is Mondo – the acid electro dance place mentioned earlier. Mondo runs all night and invites young and energetic people to dance, drink and party. The only thing you may need to know before going to Mondo is that  it has a strict face control, you should not only look good but fashionable — so dress your best and be ready to party!


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