One of the things you come to accept when moving to a foreign country is that things you are use to (i.e food, music, clubs etc.) will be things of the past. But lucky for us, here in Madrid if you know where to look, you can find glimpses of familiarity. We will be focusing on where you can find clubs that play music other than reggeaton, bachata, and salsa.
Looking for a place where you can enjoy some oldies, r&b, hip hop, & reggae? Look no further because Bogui Jazz is the place to go. This club is separated into two levels. The first floor plays top 40s, old rock, pop, old school hip hop, and really anything the dj feels will fit. The second floor is dedicated to ratchet club music, reggae, r&b, and hip hop. They are located on Calle del Barquillo 29 in Chueca and open until 6am. Practically every night of the week there is something going on. Depending on what time of the early morning you make it to Bogui will depict the amount you pay for cover. Cover charge is from 10-15€ and with that price you get 1 cocktail or 2 beers. Besides a popping club Bogui offers an array of concerts, events, open mics in the evenings. Make sure to check out their site to see when things are happening.
The Jungle Session
To all our islanders and foreigners who’s been dying to hear any resemblance of reggae or soca The Jungle Session is the place to go. This club is located on Calle Serrano 41 and is open until 6am. Here you can expect an open floor plan in the basement of a building and a terrance area. On Friday nights they play techno and pop, on Saturdays they play reggae, hip hop, and dancehall, and on Sundays is hip hop night. Its free entry until 01:30 but you have to text a promoter to get on the list. Here are the prices if you do not get on the list;
- 00:00-06:00– 10€ with 1 cocktail
- 00:00-01:30– 15€ with 3 cocktails
- 00:00-02:30– 12€ with 3 beers
- 00:10-02:30– 14€ with 2 cocktails or 18€ with 3 cocktails
El Perro de la Parte de Atrás del Coche
This is a club for dogs and cars well if you only go by their name lol. They play a variety of music but you will need to check out their facebook page to see what events are happening on a particular night. This club is located on Calle la Puebla 15 and is opened Thursday through Saturday. Opening hours are from 22h to 03:30h. Depending on the event entrance is between 5-10€ and sometimes includes a drink (again check their FB page to see what event is happening).
Ocho y Medio
For all the indie rock lovers Ocho y Medio is for you. Specializing in indie with hints of pop and electric coming out they have an array of guest Djs and house Djs to bring the place to life. This club is located on Calle Barceló 11 and is opened every night except Mondays. They are open from 22h to 05:45. Free entry until 01:00 but you must reserve online. Here are the prices if you do not remember to get on the list;
- 00:00-02:00– 13€ with 2 cocktails or 10€ with 1 cocktail
Let us know what you like to dance to and where you go to actually hear said music in the comments below.