Salamanca is a young and vibrant student city. In the holidays it can become quieter but during term time Salamanca’s nightlife scene is buzzing and alive. There are options for everyone but it helps if you have a love of reggaeton.
Most restaurant/tapas bars offer a better option for an earlier night or for those not wishing to party until after 5 o’clock the following morning.
Pubs in Salamanca
Salamanca has a wide range of Irish style pubs which make a great way to begin a night. Start with a cold beer and play a game of pool or darts. Here are some of our favourite haunts.
The Holy Cross Salamanca
Pints of beer start from 3 euros and increase for imported or higher quality options. Head downstairs to play pool, table football or darts. Another darts machine can be found upstairs along with more seating.
St Patrick's Irish Museum
Located next to The Holy Cross, St Patrick's is downstairs. It doesn't have any games to play but their burger and chips or extremely cheesy nachos are fantastic! St Patrick's is a good place to come to watch sport but when it gets busy you may need to sit on the steps at the back of the bar (tables built into the steps!)
The downstairs bar at The Holy Cross.
Play pool at The Holy Cross.
The Irish Theater
Less Irish pub and more weekday party venue, The Irish Theater has different themed nights everyday. Monday is beer pong night with large cash prizes. Tuesday is Erasmus night with each week themed for a different country (a few flags and a very infrequent song from the host's country). Wednesday is karaoke night. Pop by late any night and expect to find people here.
La Perla Negra Irish Pub
Slightly shabbier than either The Holy Cross or St Patrick's, La Perla Negras main draw is that it has shisha/hooker smoking pipes. You can enjoy them both inside or on the terrace outside in summer. It has pool, table football and a darts machine downstairs.
Plenty of seating at St Patrick’s Museum.
The bar at St Patrick’s Museum with compulsory Irish flag.
Bars in Salamanca
With probably the worst toilets in Salamanca you are not coming here for cleanliness but instead for their extremely cheap liter cocktails. An Agua De Valencia - a potent mix of vodka and cava topped with a splash of Fanta for only 4€ will both make sure you have a fantastic night and terrible following morning. Other drinks are available, but it is probably best to share the bargain cocktails.
Marvel themed logo outside, find Barvel on Gran Via. At the weekend this place is so busy it is impossible to move. Plan to take five minutes to make your way from inside to out. At the back it is a bit quieter with table football.
El Puerto de Chus
In summer sit across the road and enjoy buckets of beer (5 beers for 4€) with friends. In winter head inside and enjoy the small town themed bar, with shop fronts and street lighting.
Salamanca has plenty of bars. Walk around the Gran Via area or near to the nightclubs Camelot/Gatsby to find more.
Bucket of beer at El Puerto de Chus.
Enjoy the interior at El Puerto de Chus.
Chupiterías – Shot Bars
Spot the words ‘Chupitería’ on a night out and it means a heavy mix of cheap shots and loud reggaeton.
Located near Camelot/Gatsbys this is the place to come for some one euro tequila shots before going to dance.
When it gets late this place gets packed. Whether you love reggaeton or just very cheap shots you can come here before venturing to one of the many other venues around Gran Via.
Clubs in Salamanca
Open till very late. Come here to dance the night away on top of their pounding speakers. Enjoy country themed shots at the bar and a mix of pop and dance music.
Across and down from Camelot, come to Gatsby for their cheap but weak tequila shots and loud reggaeton and standard pop music. A popular place for both Spanish and international students.
Kandavia is bigger than both Camelot and Gatsby and found near Gran Via and Plaza Mayor. It can at times have large lines outside and be too busy to dance inside. It plays a mix of dance music interrupted by other songs.
Head to the road, Gran Via. Around here there are many more clubs and bars. All open until very late.
If you’re after something a little more relaxed but an Irish pub isn’t your thing, then go to one of the many cafe bars Salamanca has.
Calle Rúa Mayor
There are many other places on Calle Rúa Mayor to choose from. Find one with seats and order a beer!