Spaniards often start the evening with el paseo - a leisurely stroll through the city’s streets. A café terrace is an excellent vantage point to observe this tradition. The atmosphere is especially vibrant at fiesta time. They then continue the night with a tapeo, moving between tapas bars, drinking and snacking. Tapas culture is especially rich in Madrid and Andalusia, whilst San Sebastian and Bilbao are famed for the more sophisticated version – pintxos.
Then it's time for copas or cubatas - mixed drinks in bars, pubs, or nightclubs. Trendy nightlife can be found in the major cities like Barcelona and Madrid, and in coastal resorts like Ibiza or Marbella, but even small villages will have somewhere where you can dance till dawn.
For a taste of something local, head out to the flamenco tablaos for a spectacle. The best places to see a flamenco spectacle are in Andalucía, specifically Sevilla, where veteran dancers take to the stage and stomp their feet to atmospheric tunes in authentic caves.
If you’re seeking something mellower, jazz bars in Barcelona, Madrid and Granada are well worth a visit. Hip hop bars are rather popular in Seville at the moment – you’ll be surprised by the number of hip hop joints you can find there. In summer, music concerts are filled to the brim with partygoers where music performances go late into the night – with the most popular ones being Sonar and Primavera Sound Festival. Rave parties are aplenty especially on Ibiza island, where the fun continues until the sun comes up.