Nightlife in Madrid is like no other. One can never complain of having nowhere to go or being tired of going to the same places over and over again. The variety is incredible, especially for one city. There is everything from your normal bar, Irish pubs, cafes, hip-hop clubs, techno clubs, Latin clubs, gay clubs, karaoke bars, and more.
Unlike America where the night starts around midnight, the night in Spain starts round 2AM around the time the metro stops running. The night does not end until around 6AM, the time when the metros start running again. This may be a little difficult for study abroad students to keep up with, especially if there is class at 9AM in the morning. Luckily for us, there is a bus system that runs the same routes as the metro once the metro shuts down. These buses are found a short walking distance from the biggest club and bar area in Spain near La Puerta del Sol and Atocha in La Plaza de la CIbeles. So if you do decide to leave early you are generally just a walk away from a ride home, you can even use your metro pass.
The nightlife in Spain differs a little more than just the hours. Though it is impossible to say Spaniards are never drunk, but it is not exactly normal Spaniard behavior. The Spaniards go out to see and be seen, to catch up with their friends, and to get out of the house, not to get drunk. It is pretty typical to see a Spaniard sipping on the same drink for over an hour. Besides drinking, I notice that they also dance different, but that one you will have to observe by yourself! It is like they stand on the dance floor talking, very interesting…Nonetheless during the night is a great to get out in Spain and meet new people from all over the world. My friends and I have met people from all different kinds of places ranging from Argentina, China, England, etc. People here just really value the night and once you are here, you can absolutely understand why.
Important things learned and remembered
- As cliché as it sounds, always keep a close eye on your drinks.
- Pickpockets work at night too!!!
- Girls…WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES!!!