¡Arriba, abajo, al centro, pa’ dentro!

“So how’s the nightlife on weekdays?” I asked a Madrid local as we shared tapas on a Monday night. “Hah,” she said with a smirk on her face. “It’s Madrid.”

Soon after dinner, I realized exactly what she meant.

Madrid’s nightlife is… intense, to say the least. No matter what your tastes or interests, Madrid offers plenty of exciting after-dark activities, many of which involve copious amounts of drinking and last until all hours of the night.

A typical night out will start with a late dinner (9 or 10 p.m. is customary). Of course, this dinner will be accompanied by a glass (or several) of vino, cerveza, or sangria. If you’re lucky, this dinner will also be accompanied by live music or a show.

On that note, do not miss out on a traditional Spanish Flamenco show; Madrid has some of the best displays of the passionate and powerful music/dance.

But perhaps spectating isn’t your style. In that case, try your luck at one of Madrid’s numerous salsa clubs, where (usually) older crowds will be drinking, dancing, and socializing until the sun comes up.

Don’t know how to salsa? No worries. There are bars and clubs throughout the city that will cater to any and all musical tastes. Younger crowds can enjoy their favorite pop, house, dubstep, rock, reggaeton, etc. music at a variety of lively locations.

I’m not going to beat around the bush; Madrid’s party scene is absolutely crazy. The music is loud. The drinking is heavy. The dancing is endless. And this behavior goes on every day. Every night. At all hours. In all seasons. As another local told me, “Madrid parties 24/7.”

So raise your glasses, folks. “¡Arriba, abajo, al centro, pa’ dentro!”

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