Oldest jazz club in Madrid
At Segundo Jazz, the longest standing jazz club in Madrid, you can expect to find singer-songwriters and amazing cover artists. This is an essential stop in Madrid for any jazz lover. Keep in mind that the concerts start quite late, so getting there early will involve a lot of waiting around. They hold jam sessions every week, so if you’re passionate about music, you have the opportunity to get involved. Segundo Jazz is a great place to kick back and relax with a glass of wine while listening to jazz tunes or scouting out some great new talent.
Hours: Monday to Thursday & Sunday 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.; Friday & Saturday 7:00 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.
Can’t miss: The weekly jam sessions
Calle Del Comandante Zorita, 8, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 549 437
Art-deco jazz bar
With high ceilings and elegant decorations, this has been the place to get funky with jazz for many years. Only the finest jazz artists in Europe and from around the world perform at Café Central. From the oldest to the greatest artists, guests are in for a treat. The chef is known for his Michelin star food, so it’s a great place to grab lunch or dinner while listening to some jazz. The café is the ideal venue in which customers can enjoy a hot cup of coffee surrounded by spectacular live music.
Hours: Monday to Friday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Can’t miss: The quality food
Plaza de Angel, 10, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 694 143
From TV set to jazz bar
Open since 1981, this famous jazz club served as the set for a TV program, Jazz Entre Amigos, for eight years. Boasting the largest range of cava and champagnes in Madrid, this bar has expanded its horizons beyond jazz, offering up tango, pop, rock, samba, folk, and bossa. Be sure to check their schedule before you head over; the live acts tend to go on into late night jam sessions, allowing for a night of fun and excitement. With reasonable ticket prices and a number of famous artists, Clamores is a great spot to catch a concert.
Hours: Monday to Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.; Friday & Saturday 6:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.; Sunday 6:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Can’t miss: The international headliners
Calle de Alburquerque, 14, Madrid, Spain, +34 814 455 480
Small, intimate jazz bar
If you are after the local talent, El Junco specializes in Spanish jazz performers and bands. The venue isn’t particularly big, occupying just one floor, but they offer guests a quiet area to relax and have a drink, and another room for customers to immerse themselves in great music. From blues to rock, El Junco is a great place to start dancing, hang around for a couple of drinks, and mingle with a fun crowd. The bar is open until six in the morning on Friday and Saturday nights, and it functions just as well as starter location for any of its evenings.
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 11:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.; Friday & Saturday 11:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Can’t miss: The mid-30s crowd
Plaza de Santa Barbara, 10, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 192 081
In the heart of the nightlife district
Among the most popular nightlife venues in Madrid lies Populart, a sophisticated jazz bar bringing the best of the genre and intimacy under one roof. At Populart, expect to find the finest classic jazz artists from around the world; international performers grace the stage with informal jazz sessions. The bar is exciting every night of the week, and with free entry it’s a great place to get down with some jazz tunes on the weekend before, or even after, hitting a nightclub.
Hours: Monday to Thursday & Sunday 6:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.; Friday & Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.
Can’t miss: Free entry
Calle de Las Huertas, 22, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 298 407