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What Are the Best Bars in Madrid for Students?

Whether you’re having fun during Freshers Week, socialising with friends or celebrating exam results, there’s nothing better than heading out to a bar and enjoying live music, great company and delicious drinks. Well actually, there is one thing that’s better…going to a student-friendly bar where you don’t need to break the bank to have fun!

Luckily, Madrid has a vibrant nightlife with plenty of brilliant bars waiting for you. When you move to a new country to study, it can be difficult knowing where to go and what to do, which is why we’ve put together a list of our top 5 favourite student-friendly bars. With wine bars, nightclubs and rooftop bars all making the list, where will you try first?

  • Cavanna Pozuelo
  • La Vinoteca
  • Blackhaus
  • El Tigre
  • Salmon Guru

From quirky, unique bars to full-on discos, our list of the top 5 best student bars in Madrid has everything you need to live your best student life!

Cavanna Pozuelo

Taking the top spot on our list of the best bars in Madrid is Cavanna Pozuelo. With a modern but relaxed atmosphere, Cavanna Pozuelo is a favourite among students and we can see why!

Serving mouthwatering, fresh cocktails and snacks, there’s no better place in Madrid to hang out with friends after lectures. From tasty mojitos to refreshing beers, Cavanna Pozuelo has a wide range of drinks for you to enjoy. Don’t fancy a drink? They also have sumptuous milkshakes to enjoy too.

Every good bar has an even better range of snacks to compliment the drinks, and Cavanna Pozuelo is no different. As you sip on a cocktail you’ve never tried before, or your favourite beer, tuck into delicious dishes such as:

  • Nachos
  • Chicken and Vegetable Gyozas
  • Truffled Omelette
  • Cheesecake
  • Nutella Waffles with Oreo Ice Cream

Cavanna Pozuelo is only a 5 minute cycle from ESIC University, so you can stop by after lectures and enjoy a drink with friends. If you don’t feel like leaving your student accommodation, Cavanna Pozuelo is also available to order for delivery on Just Eat!

La Vinoteca

Calling all wine lovers, this one’s for you! La Vinoteca is a chic wine bar with a brilliant atmosphere and beautiful terrace, so you can enjoy the warm Spanish sun as you relax with good wine and even better friends after a week of lectures.

Open every day of the week until 12.30am, you can enjoy a classy, fun evening with friends, chilling and tasting different wines. Will you choose a dry or fruity wine? La Vinoteca is the perfect bar for a celebration, whether it’s your birthday, you’ve finished exams or your family are visiting. If you do have family or friends from back home coming to see you, you’ll be pleased to know it’s only a 7 minute walk away from Plaza Mayor so you can go for a wander around the stunning, iconic square before relaxing with a glass of wine!

They also do delicious and student budget-friendly tapas and tostadas to accompany your wine so you can have a great night out without breaking the bank. Whether you’re getting to know your new flatmates during Freshers Week, celebrating an exceptional assignment grade or simply want to liven up your weekend, La Vionetca is the place to be.


Do you want to dance the night away into the early hours surrounded by friends? If this sounds like a dream to you, you’ll love Blackhaus! This fun, vibrant bar has made it onto our list of the best student bars in Madrid for many reasons but the main one is that it doubles as a disco which means you know you’re in for a night of brilliant music!

Stylish, sleek and trendy, the atmosphere in Blackhaus is lively and exciting, making it a favourite among students. You’ll enjoy exclusive live music performances from resident DJs, what more could you ask for on a night out? From Freshers Week to friends’ birthdays, we reckon Blackhaus will become a staple of your nights out in Madrid!

Blackhaus is open Thursday-Sunday until 6am so you can dance until the early hours of the morning before having a cosy film day with your flatmates the next day. This fantastic bar is just a 5 minute taxi journey away from Complutense University of Madrid, making it the ideal location for a fun night out.

El Tigre

Free food, cheap drinks, great atmosphere…if this sounds like heaven then you’ll love El Tigre! One of the most famous tapas bars in Madrid, El Tigre is a very student-budget friendly place to enjoy a drink with friends at the end of a week of lectures.

You can have cheap drinks with tasty tapas dishes that you can share amongst friends while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere. The reason it’s considered one of the best student bars in Madrid is because, when you order a drink, you’re offered a free tapas dish, making it the ideal drinking spot for students! Due to its incredible tapas offering, the bar is busy every night of the week so it’s a great bar to come to if you want to make new friends. Some of the tapas dishes you can enjoy when you order a drink include:

  • Spanish Omelette
  • Patatas Bravas
  • Croquettes
  • Slices of bread with ham, cheese, mushrooms and other delicious toppings

It’s just a 6 minute cycle or 12 minute walk away from the Prado Museum so you can spend your afternoon wandering around the incredible exhibitions at the museum before enjoying drinks and tapas as El Tigre.

Salmon Guru

The last place on our list of the best student bars in Madrid stands out for all the right reasons. If you’re looking for a unique, quirky bar to visit with friends, Salmon Guru ticks all the boxes. Incredible cocktails, funky decor and a lively atmosphere, what more could you ask for in a student bar?

Salmon Guru is retro-inspired which means the decor is very atmospheric and makes a great background for Instagram photos. Plus, their cocktails are sensational, from smoke and bubble-effects to dragon and lotus-themes, a cocktail from Salmon Guru is a work of art! Serving a wide range of affordable cocktails, you must try their world renowned Dragon Daughter when you visit. A delicious rum-based cocktail, this drink is a true showstopper as it’s presented in a dragon glass.

It really is no surprise that Salmon Guru has been named one of the top 50 best bars in the entire world, which also makes it one of the most popular bars in Madrid, and Spain more generally! It takes just 10 minutes to walk or 3 minutes by bike to get to Salmon Guru from Plaza Mayor which means you can explore the popular square before heading to Salmon Guru for a refreshing drink or two.

Looking for other fun places to visit during your studies? Check out our blog on the best things to do in Madrid for students.

Enjoy your best student life in Madrid with Nido Living

Nightlife in Madrid is bustling, lively and most importantly…student-friendly. With lots of places to enjoy cheap drinks, snacks and live music, what more could you ask for? As you settle into your new home and learn all the best places to go with friends, take a look at our other blogs on the best things to do in Madrid and top restaurants in Madrid.

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