5 'La Movida' hangouts in Madrid

1) El Sol

This concert hall was founded by Antonio Gastón, an architect who was passionate about music and art. The first ever concert here was by Nacha Pop in 1979. Since then, it has been part of the Movida and its glamour. Hundreds of major Spanish and international pop rock artists have stood on stage here.

concert sala el sol

2) La Vía Láctea

It all began in July 1979. As the Movida movement gathered steam, the square of Dos de Mayo and the surrounding area were always bustling with young and curious people who attended any cultural and fun event. The bar’s founder wanted to copy the aesthetics and ambiance of the New York musical bars.

bar vía láctea

Velarde 18

+34 914 467 581

3) El Penta Bar

This iconic bar in the Madrilenian Movida was originally called the Pentagram but the name was soon shortened to Penta. Forty years ago, the musicians of the eighties helped spread the movement out of this bar, where a lot of Spanish pop music was developed.

Madrid - El Penta Bar

4) Madrid Me Mata

The bar was named after a popular eighties magazine that was more or less the mouthpiece for the Nueva Ola (New Wave), which over time became known as the Movida. Nowadays the bar is almost like a museum, with many items on display such as books, clothing, records and instruments.

madrid me mata bar

Corredera Alta de San Pablo 31

+34 609 847 504


5) La Bobia

The only Movida bar where the interior and theme have changed. Nowadays it is a cosmopolitan neo-tavern serving Asturian food. Here filmmakers like Fernando Fernán Gómez and Pedro Almodóvar filmed their movies. The terrace is still there, albeit with newer models of the mythical light green chairs.

people having a drink outside at La Bobia

San Millán 3

+34 917 376 030

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