Though it might not be as well known as some of Europe’s other cities for its buzzing nightlife, Madrid definitely has its own hotspots, you just need a little help finding them. Whether starting off the day shopping on the fashionable Calle de Serrano, hitting the trendiest new club or taking in some traditional flamenco dancing, our EA Sounds guide to Madrid will ensure that boredom is not an option.
No city is complete in the style stakes without an Emporio Armani boutique, and Madrid got on board in 2013, opening a store on the capital’s fashionable Calle de Serrano street. Set over two floors the store houses men and women’s collections, as well as watches, eyewear and perfume. Decorated in the simple elegance that defines Armani’s style, it’s a must visit.
Emporio Armani, Calle de Serrano 44, 28001 Madrid
Situated in the middle of the trendy Chueca district, Do Design is a concept store also housing a gallery and design area. Founded amid Spain’s recent recession the idea of Do Design isn’t to charge shoppers a fortune but instead to allow them to peruse the gallery and intricate wares for hours on end. Whether shopping for fashion, art or interiors you won’t leave empty handed.
Do Design, Fernando VI, 13, Chueca, 28004
Cha Cha Club is single-handedly reviving the club scene in Spain’s capital with its weekly night of electronica and hip hop. Under red lights and surrounded by velvet drapes and gold accented decorations party-goers could be mistaken for thinking they’d walked straight into the set of a David Lynch movie, and Cha Cha is quickly gaining a reputation as the place to be seen in Madrid. Fitting then that the next EA Sounds event, featuring AlunaGeorge takes place there this week.
Calle de Cedaceros, 7, 28014 Madrid
Never been to Madrid before and want to experience the true culture that the Spanish capital has to offer? Then make sure you book in a trip to Corral de la Moreria in Madrid Old Town to take in a traditional flamenco show. One of the country’s most renowned flamenco spots (known as a tablaos), the venue has been open for more than 60 years and everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Marlon Brando has taken in a show there. Start your evening with a three course traditional dinner in the restaurant or alternatively grab a drink and take a seat in front of the stage before being wowed by the dancers.
Calle de la Moreria, 17, 28005 Madrid
Definitely one of the coolest bars in Madrid at Costello you can watch live music of a different genre every night of the week with a cocktail in hand. Local DJs specialise in everything from soul to funk with live music starting from 6pm. And if you’re not in the mood for music? Well then Costello also hosts stand up comedy nights and short film seasons. Something for everyone.
Calle del Caballero de Gracia, 10, 28013 Madrid
If you want to know where the fashionable crowd go for a night on the tiles then look no further than Club MUSÉE. Part club, part art gallery the club was designed by the achingly on trend creative team Parolio & Euphoria Lab and features black glass walls, pop art inspired furniture, video installations projected onto LED screens and work by numerous contemporary artists. Add to that a roster of world class DJs and Club MUSÉE is up there as a contender for one of the best clubs in Europe.
Alberto Alcocer, 33, 28036 Madrid