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Madrid knows how to play music

Madrid hosts a lot of places where you can drink a beer or a glass of wine while enjoying listening to jazz, rock, pop or the best DJs: Moby Dick, Honky Tonk or El Sol. Come in! They are open!

Spain is more than flamenco or sevillanas. Madrid hosts a lot of places where you can drink a beer or a glass of wine while enjoying listening to jazz, rock, pop or the best DJs.

Where is live music in Madrid hidden ?

Scene at Costello Club (photo from Costello CLub web)
Scene at Costello Club (photo from Costello CLub web)

Populart [CLOSED]

If you imagine a classic jazz bar, you will come up with Populart. That is because of its low tables, soft light and walls decorated with photos, musical instruments, mirrors and portraits. And it offers the best jazz in the city, of course — sometimes it is even latin jazz, flamenco jazz or blues. After having its doors opened for 25 years, its public is really loyal.

  • Address: Calle Huertas, 22
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 4.00 pm to 2.30 am. Friday and Saturday until 3.30 am
  • Concert hours: Every day at 10.00 pm and 11.15 pm
  • Phone: (+34) 914 298 407
  • Web:  www.populart.es
  • Price: Admission is free but you must pay for a drink
  • <M> Antón Martín

El Sol

One of the most mitic concert lounges in Madrid. Indeed, some TV shows have been recorded in El Sol and many of our best singers during the 80’s took their first steps there. It is the perfect place if you like national and international pop-rock and rock. Two bars, one stage and a large space allow its public to relish the concert and dance the last music hits played by awesome DJs.

  • Address: Calle Jardines, 3
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 00.00 am to 5.30 am (disco)
  • Concert hours: At 10.00 pm
  • Phone: (+34) 915 326 490
  • Web: www.elsolmad.com
  • Price: 10 € which include a drink
  • <M> Gran Vía and Sevilla

Honky Tonk

Free concerts daily, jam sessions and Open Mic on Tuesday (every one who feels like it can take the stage and play). All since 1987. Quality is guaranteed thanks to the tributes to important artists such as Deep Purple, Janis Joplins ot The Beatles. There is a stage and a bar, so have a drink and enjoy. Concerts are on the ground floor. When they finish, a DJ starts to play. The music is different in each part of the local. And, what is a Honky Tonk? Well, it is a kind of bar from the South of the USA where live music is played.

  • Address: Covarrubias, 22
  • Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 9.30 pm to 5.00 am. Friday and Saturday until 6.00 am
  • Concert hours: www.clubhonky.com/programacion 
  • Phone: (+34) 914 456 191
  • Web:  www.clubhonky.com
  • Price: Free admission or from 3 € (some concerts)
  • <M> Alonso Martínez and Bilbao

Moby Dick

A legendary place in the capital thanks to having played the best music for 20 years. It is known as ‘the rocker whale’, although nowadays it is easier to listen to indie than rock there. You have to pay for most concerts because they are given by big groups but tribute concerts are usually free. When the performance is over, the lounge turns into a disco and bar club (free admission) until 6.00 pm.

  • Address: Avenida de Brasil, 5
  • Opening hours: Tuesday  and Wednesday: 9.00 pm to 4.00 am. Thursday- Saturday: 9.00 pm to 5.30 am
  • Concert hours: www.mobydickclub.com/programacion
  • Phone: (+34) 915 557 671
  • Web:  www.mobydickclub.com
  • Price: From 5 €
  • <M> Santiago Bernabéu

Saporem

There are two Saporem restaurants, but live music is reserved to Ventura de la Vega, 5. From Wednesday to Saturday there is always a singer with a guitar or a duet doing a cover. You can have dinner or drink a cocktail during the performance, no problem! It takes place in the covered terrace, where you can savour blues, jazz, flamenco chill, etc. Saporem is decorated in an industrial yet cozy style, with unique details and cutting-edge furniture. The most fashionable site in the capital.

  • Address: Calle Ventura de la Vega, 5
  • Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday: 8.00 am to 1.00 am. Thursday: 8.00 am to 2.00 am. Friday and Saturday: 8.00 am to 3.00 am
  • Concert hours: From Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 pm to 12.00 pm
  • Phone:  (+34) 914 204 474
  • Web: www.facebook.com/Saporem
  • Price: Admission is free but you must pay for a drink
  • <M> Sol

O’neills

With that name (or surname), yes, it is an Irish pub. Here the best international beers share a place on the menu with burgers, BBQ chicken wings or nachos. It is possible to watch rugby and football matches, celebrate Halloween and Saint Patrick and, of course, enjoy live music every weekend on its ground floor: rock, indie, pop-rock covers (like Cold Play) and little groups who play their music for the first time.

  • Address: Calle Príncipe, 12
  • Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday: 4.00 pm to 2.00 am. Thursday: 4.00 pm to 3.00 am. Friday: 4.00 pm to 3.30 am. Saturday: 1.00 pm to 3.30 am. Sunday: 1.00 pm to 2.00 am
  • Concert hours: www.oneills.es/es/conciertos-madrid
  • Phone:  (+34) 915 212 030
  • Web: www.oneills.es
  • Price: Admission is free but you must pay for a drink
  • <M> Sol

Costello Club

There are three Costello places. The first one, and the oldest, called Costello Club, is devoted to concerts and drinks. The second one is Costello Rio, a restaurant with the best background music (and marvellous burgers and home made cakes). The third, Costello Ballesta, is the youngest brother and just a restaurant as Costello Rio. But, if you are looking for a rock concert, you must visit Costello Club. It is divided in two floors –one with the stage and another with the cocktail floor and disco. Don’t forget to taste its shots. We recommend the Keith Richars (white rum, Jack Daniel’s, sugar syrup and lime splash).

  • Address: Costello Club: Calle Caballero de Gracia, 10. Costello Río: Calle General Maroto, 4. Costello Ballesta: Calle Ballesta, 4
  • Costello Club opening hours: Monday- Wednesday: 8.00 pm to 3.00 am.Thursday – Saturday: 6.00 pm to 3.30 am. Sunday: 8.00 pm to 3.00 am
  • Costello Río opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 10.00 am to 2.30 am
  • Costello Ballesta opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 10.00 am to 2.00 am. Friday and Saturday until 2.30 am
  • Concert hours: www.costelloclub.com/programacion
  • Phone:  Costello Club, (+34) 915 227 815. Costello Río, (+34) 914 737 205
  • Web:  www.costelloclub.com and www.costellorio.com
  • Price: concerts from 6 €. Shots, 3 €. Restaurant, 15 €
  • <M> Gran Vía, Legazpi and Callao

La Boca Club [CLOSED]

This club is placed in a street full of bars and discos (Echegaray street). However, La Boca Club probably offers the best rock and funky in the city.  Every weekend there is a concert: rock (of course), pop, indie, funky, garage… The funniest nights are on Wednesday and Thursday from 11.00 pm to 3.00 am when it is the turn of jam sessions. Funk, soul, R&R mambo and blues are improvised by the brave groups that take the stage. And three DJs play every night after performances! Besides, the club is nice, with a bar decorated with bottles and red lights.

  • Address: Calle Echegaray, 11
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 9.30 pm to 3.00 am. Friday and Saturday: 9.30 pm to 3.30 am
  • Concert hours: www.labocaclub.com/programacion
  • Phone:  (+34) 914 297 013
  • Web: www.labocaclub.com
  • Price: Jam sessions and Dj’s, free. Concerts from 5€
  • <M> Sol or Sevilla
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