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Nightlife in Spain

More so than most any other culture, Spaniards have a full and active nightlife.  Nightlife in Spain, also known as la marcha, is at its height in Madrid and Spain.  However, nightlife in Spain is not all about partying and dancing.  Let's take a look at what you can expect for nightlife in Spain.

Casino Gambling

There are plenty of options for those wanting to play casino in Spain.  There are currently 33 casinos spread out over 30 cities.  The largest of those is the Casino de Barcelona that boasts 53 table games and 219 slot and video poker machines.  Most types of table games can be found here, including Blackjack, American and French roulette and Poker.

The Casino Gran Madrid is the next largest in Spain with 110,000 square feet of gaming space that includes 20 table games and 174 slot and video poker machines.   This location offers poker tournaments for those wanting to experience big time poker action.  When not gambling at the tables, you can head over to the sports bar for a bite to eat, a drink, or to take in a football match.

Barcelona and Madrid Nightclubs

If you're a tourist looking to be hip to the nightclub scene in Madrid and Barcelona, you better know your discobare from your discoteca.  Discobars are the types of clubs you will find most often in Spain and those are clubs that play mixes of rock, dance, and salsa style music.  These establishments usually get going around 11 pm and are open until around 2 or 3 am. 

Your disoteca are your more modern style clubs with techno, hip hop, and more.  These clubs usually don't get going until about 1 am, so you will need to find something else to do in the meantime.  For those that like something a little different, every year Barcelona holds an annual jazz festival and various bands perform in clubs around Barcelona. 

Cafes and Pubs

Cafes and pubs in Spain range anywhere from local watering holes to tourists spots and trendy pubs.  There are different types of specialty cafes in Spain that you should be aware of.  A cerverseria is primarily a beer establishment while a bodega mostly serves wine.  For those that want something a bit different, you could try one of Spain's Xampanyerias, also known as a champagne bar.

Once the sun goes down, you will notice big changes in Spain in regards to street traffic as the country is highly nocturnal.  Nightlife in the area is a way of life, and if you ever decide to visit, you will likely need to learn to take afternoon naps in order to keep up.