Live music scene in Madrid is diverse and exciting. With a wide variety of concerts -jazz, salsa, rock… you name it!- we have earned the title of the city that never sleeps. Both locals and visitors can treat their ears at these bars and venues that have the Cats seal of approval 😉
RINCÓN DEL ARTE NUEVO (songwriters,70s, 80s, 90s and contemporary)
📍 Calle Segovia, 27 <Metro La Latina>
El Rincon del Arte Nuevo is one of those music venues with several decades of history that has become a classic in the capital. The concerts take place in its vaulted hall from 9:30 p.m. with live music playing until 4:00 a.m. But, it doesn’t close until 6:00!
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EL BÚHO REAL (songwriters)
📍 Calle de Regueros, 5 <Metro Chueca>
They have been promoting live music since 1984. A small bar with a close and cozy atmosphere to see emerging groups or singer-songwriters and consecrated artists. On Wednesdays, they host the “Noche de búhos”, an open mic session, in case you want to start your artistic career here!
LA NEGRA TOMASA (salsa)
📍 Calle de Cádiz, 9 <Metro Sol>
This bar-restaurant is the closest thing to traveling to Havana without leaving Madrid. It’s the reference place of all Cubans. You can dine with a live concert every night, and after that, you can dance salsa, merengue and have a good time. Oh! And we haven´t even mentioned its Creole cuisine and mojitos…
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📍 Calle del Olmo, 2 <Metro Lavapiés>
This place is one of the best flamenco shows in Madrid. It is not as touristic as other locations! If you like to listen to live flamenco, rumba, and other similar styles, you’ll love this bar. When the shows are over, it transforms into an alternative place for drinking.
CAFÉ LA PALMA (live shows, dj sets)
📍 Calle de la Palma, 62 <Metro Noviciado>
One of the most eminent live music bars in Madrid for having great national and international artists play on their stage. They say that the concept of the ‘first drink’ of the night was coined here. So, come and do exactly that, and then, continue the party in the Malasaña neighborhood.
LIVE ROCK MUSIC IN MADRID
📍 Calle de Covarrubias, 24 <Metro Bilbao>
One of the bars with live music in Madrid with a great atmosphere! Rock, blues, or pop concerts start at 00:30, and many are free to enter. Then, you can continue the party until 6:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, or until 5:00 a.m. from Monday to Thursday. Click here for reviews.
📍 Calle de Palafox, 8 <Metro Bilbao>
Expect excellent rock and roll concerts for those who don’t follow the mainstream. It’s a small place with hypnotizing decorations to fall in love with and filled with the most diverse people. They are open until 6.00 a.m. and serve drinks at good prices, which is not always easy in this area.
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📍 Calle de Huertas, 22 <Metro Antón Martín>
In the same location of Café Populart that closed its doors in autumn 2016, we find now this new clubhouse to listen to American, blues, and good rock. Here you’ll get the best vibes, and it’s not uncommon for the musicians themselves to end up having a beer with you!
📍 Calle de las Tres Cruces, 12 <Metro Gran Vía>
One of the standards for live metal and rock in Madrid. Located very close to Gran Vía, it attracts all kinds of audiences. The lines to enter form before the concerts, since it is one of the few bars in the center with free admission every night and open until 6:00.
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COCODRILO ROCK BAR
📍 Calle de los Cebreros, 101 <Batán>
A neighborhood joint away from the center crowds with super friendly waiters and glorious classic and modern rock. They swear by national rock and often have concerts with free admission. It´s a good option for spending a night with friends drinking beers and playing table football or darts.
📍 Calle Bernardino Obregón, 18 <Metro Embajadores>
A music hall that encourages the launch of emerging talents and hosts presentations and tours for established artists from the world of rock, punk, ska, and pop. The place´s large dimensions make it feel like a club, which is probably why the drink prices are higher! If you prefer large dimensions and party hard, here you have a list of the best nightclubs in Madrid.
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LIVE JAZZ AND BLUES IN MADRID
LA COQUETTE MADRID
📍 Calle de las Hileras, 14 <Metro Ópera>
It’s one of the temples for blues in the capital. Once you cross the door, start walking downstairs, and hear the murmur of people and music, it will give you the feeling of going down to a clandestine bar. You’ll get to a vaulted ceiling room where the best jam sessions in Madrid take place.
📍Plaza del Ángel, 10 <Metro Sol>
They have been offering jazz concerts in the capital for more than 37 years in a very central location. The music venue hosts groups of blues, soul, swing, and of course, all possible rhythms of jazz. The shows take place every night from 9pm to 11pm, but reservations are recommended.
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CAFÉ TABERNA ALABANDA
📍 Calle Miguel Servet, 15 <Metro Lavapiés>
It’s a homemade tapas tavern with different types of shows throughout the week. But on Sundays, it becomes the headquarters for Madrid´s blues society. First, there’s a guest band and then, the jam sessions begin. Only a consumption payment is required, and you can even book a table.
📍 Plaza de Sta. Barbara, 10 <Metro Alonso Martínez>
A refuge for night owls and lovers of blues and jazz music. Although they also cover other styles such as soul, rhythm, blues, hip-hop, or country rock. This jazz club has daily concerts and DJ sessions. It’s open from Tuesday to Thursday until 4:30 and Friday and Saturday until 6:00.
Bars with live music of all kinds
SALA EL SOL
📍 Calle de los Jardines, 3 <Metro Gran Vía>
A standard music hall since 1979, meaning that the famous Madrid movement “la movida” was lived here to the fullest. The years have passed, and the ways of listening and consuming music have evolved. But this bar still has a loyal audience that attends its concerts between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Others arrive directly for their clubbing sessions starting at 1:00.
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LA BUENA VENTURA
📍 Calle de Escalona, 69 (posterior) <Metro Campamento>
Every Wednesday after 9 pm they have Cuban salsa classes, and on Fridays and Saturdays you can dine with live music. Without the crowds of downtown Madrid!
📍 Calle de Goya, 5 <Metro Serrano>
We´ve already mentioned this venue as one of the cool restaurants in Madrid for the peculiar and original experience they offer! Going out to listen to live music doesn’t have to mean giving up on good food. Here you can watch a range of styles, from jazz concerts to flamenco performances. There´s also latin, swing, funky or R&B music.
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📍 Calle de San Felipe Neri, 4 <Metro Ópera>
A large music room with three environments. The Alive Lounge is for smoking a hookah or viewing book or photography exhibitions. The disco floor is for dancing to hits from the 80’s, 90’s, and contemporary decades. And the concert hall is for listening to pop, rock, or live singer-songwriter music.
📍 Calle San Dimas, 3 <Metro Noviciado>
Concerts for all kinds of music and electronic sessions in a small room (the basement) but with good acoustics. The upper floor is an alternative bar with occasional exhibitions.
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