The Best Places to Go on a Night Out Solo in Madrid, Spain 

Photo of Jessica Jones
28 January 2018

Madrid is renowned for its excellent nightlife, but how do you navigate the city if you’re flying solo? No need to worry, from great music venues to the best places to meet fellow travellers, we count down the best places to go on a night out solo in Madrid.

Café Central

An activity can make spending a night on your own more enjoyable and Café Central is the best place in Madrid to see live jazz. The intimate little café, right in the centre of the city, just off Plaza Santa Ana, is a popular spot and welcomes both homegrown and international musicians and singers. You can buy tickets from 6pm every evening for performances that start at 9pm.

Cafe Central, Plaza del Ángel, 10, 28012 Madrid

Cine Doré

Cinephiles should not miss this beautiful 1920s cinema in Lavapiés, home to Spain’s Filmoteca, the organisation responsible for preserving old film stock. It hosts regular seasons based around the work of a particular director or actor and shows films in their original language – there are regular English-language showings. It’s a great place to catch an old classic and the price is a bargain at €2.50.

Calle de Santa Isabel, 3, 28012 Madrid


Madrid’s Cine Dore|©Juan Antonio Segal/Flickr

Flamenco Show

When in Spain… why not see a flamenco show? There is a lot of choice in Madrid, where many top flamenco dancers, singers and musicians come to perform. Tablaos are flamenco shows that sometimes offer a drink or tapas in with the price of the ticket. Tablao Las Tablas is an intimate space near Plaza de España that has two nightly performances (8pm and 10pm) and attracts some of the country’s finest flamenco performers.

Flamenco | ©691806/Pixabay


If you’re travelling alone, a good accommodation option is staying in a hostel – even if you don’t fancy bunking up in a dorm, there are lots of cool boutique hostels in Madrid that offers single or double private rooms. A huge benefit of staying in a hostel is the social side; many have a bar or organised social activities like bar crawls and tapas tours – a great way to mingle with other travellers.


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If you fancy dancing your socks off, head to one of Madrid’s most famous – and biggest – clubs. Teatro Kapital stretches over seven floors and its eclectic musical offerings provide something for every taste, from dance and trance to sugary pop music and karaoke. A great place to get lost in the crowd.


Malasaña is hip, student-friendly and full of a good mixture of locals, travellers and foreigners who live in Madrid. Hit its bars, from old-style taverns to cool cocktail bars and you’ll feel right at home, whether you’re looking to meet people or enjoy a night on your own. There are a range of bars around Plaza del Dos de Mayo with outdoor terraces, a lovely place to have a drink in warmer weather.

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