We all need a little break from back-breaking exams and erratic clubbing in between. Ever wondered where you can chill to some great music? This weekend, take a different route and immerse yourself in live music sessions in bars and cafes around Madrid. From Malasaña to La Latina, you will find some great spots where they offer everything – jazz, rock, flamenco – you name it! We’ve picked some popular choices at a reasonable price for you to enjoy a fascinating night of groovy music.
El Junco Jazz Club
Located in the heart of Alonso Martinez area, El Junco Jazz Club is home for avid jazz, R&B, blues and soul lovers. For brave enthusiasts, the club hosts regular jam sessions, allowing anyone with a penchant for jazz and a little bit of talent to join. You can swing by for live music from Tuesday to Saturday, with prices ranging from 6 to 10 euros (one drink included!).
Address: Plaza Santa Bárbara, 10
Price: €6 on weekdays, weekends €10 with a cocktail
Blackbird Rock Bar
A relatively new bar, Blackbird offers its visitors a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the spirit of pure rock and blues music. True fans of all-time beloved rock bands will appreciate the coziness of the bar and its amusing life performances. Blackbird hosts everyone – whether it is an aspiring newbie band or a classic oldie one – you are sure to find your favorite.
Address: Calle de las Huertas, 22
Price: Average entry €5; free events for special bands
Cafe la Palma
Malasaña is a haven for eccentric artists, imaginative musicians, and adventure-seekers. Cafe la Palma is a local must-see for those venturing around the groovy neighborhood. The bar offers all kinds of genres, accommodating the peeves and tastes of any music fan. Cafe la Palma is a truly versatile spot, having been established in the 1980s as a popular live music host and winning the hearts of the Madrid youth of the time.
Address: Calle de la Palma, 62
Price: Average entry €6
Bored? Siroco is an innovator. Siroco is all about new, hip and trendy, and is sure to keep you raving all night! The club comprises two floors. The first floor is all about hip-hop, techno music and those who are up for dancing. The second floor is a bit of a getaway from the energetic hype into a more chill ambiance, surrounded by indie sessions.
Siroco invites different artists and bands of all types of genres, including both local Spanish groups and foreign bands. If you think you’ll be coming back often after the amazing first time, you can get a membership at Siroco in order to get free entry and drinks in the future.
Address: Calle San Dimas, 3
Price: from €5-13, drink included (cheaper prices before 1:30 am)
Marula Café is an underground secret bar located in the gorgeous La Latina. Here, you can hear soul, funk, blues, and disco every night of the week. You may choose to dance or simply absorb the cool funkiness of an outstanding night. For music enthusiasts, there are weekly jam sessions where you can show off all your musical might. Some favorite bands can be seen free of charge.
Address: Calle de Caños Viejos, 3
Price: Free most nights; €6 and up for concerts, drink included
Sala Caracol is a modern hub of alternative music. You may also hear classic rock, electronic, house, and even flamenco. Sala Caracol prides itself in a sizeable space where you can dance, from which the stage can be easily seen. All in all, it is a great place to hang around with a large group of friends (and make some new ones among fellow music lovers). If you are looking for a cocktail, just look around – there is a bar on each side of the room.
Address: Calle Bernadino Obregón, 18
Price: from €6-25, depending on the artist; average price €10
Image: El Junco