Nightlife: La Latina

  • El Corral de la Morería
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La Latina, a large area located in the Central District of Madrid (not to be confused with the Latina District on the other side of the Manzanares River) seems lively at any time of the day, especially during sunny mornings and afternoons, when its terraces and tapas bars are full of activity. For many people, this is just the start of the fun to be had here, which continues late into the night in its many bars, clubs and flamenco 'tablao' venues.

One of this district's most emblematic and veteran venues is the charismatic Berlín Cabaret, which is particularly fun from Monday to Thursday, when it unleashes a wave of fantasy with its provocative shows.

Also worth a visit is the Contraclub, which offers live music ranging from charity gigs to varied styles such as jazz, hip-hop and flamenco. Those seeking more commercial and popular music should head on down to Shoko Madrid, a large club spread over two floors, which is very popular for putting on events. The Graffiti place is a good option to have the first drinks of the night that also has a wide musical agenda.

Shoko Madrid

For fans of smaller more intimate shows, El Rincón del Arte Nuevo offers stand-up comedy and gigs by singer-songwriters in a small café, where you can also order something light to eat.

Another of this district’s appeals is its offering of flamenco, with several venues dedicated to this genre. One of the city and indeed the world's best flamenco 'tablao' venues is El Corral de la Morería, also has a quality gastronomic proposal awarded with a Michelin Star. Since it opened back in 1956, some of the best flamenco dancers have trodden the boards here, and audience members have included Hollywood stars, presidents and even royalty. 

And if you are looking for something more international, Marula plays good international music, particularly black music. It also has an outdoor terrace, a blessing on those warm nights.

For decades Madrid has been one of the world's most open cities to diversity. Anywhere in La Latina can be welcoming to LGTBI people, and in fact its streets are even known as Little Chueca. Some of the most famous venues in terms of respecting diverse sexualities are Sixta and El Perla, a small tapas bar that of an evening is transformed with music and drinks. Other classics of the area that cannot be missed are El Viajero, Bonanno or Delic.

It is worth mentioning that in the summer, with the arrival of the Festivals of La Paloma and San Isidro, the nights of the La Latina neighborhood become a real outdoor party full of color and activities.

 

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