The hippest barrio for Madrid nightlife is just south and west of Glorieta de Bilbao (Metro: Bilbao) in a network of narrow lanes flanked by attractive 19th-century brick buildings with ironwork balconies. Less touristy than Sol, less rundown than Lavapiés, Malasaña rocks until 3AM on weekends and not much earlier on weekdays. Even if you don’t want to party hard, this is the place to come for a variety of dining options centered on Calle de Manuela Malasaña, offering everything from traditional tapas to vegan to Ethiopian. A myriad of bars and little discos offer after-dinner fun, and the streets are generally safe, with few pickpockets or rowdy types. Plaza Dos de Mayo gets a bit drunk and disorderly on weekend nights, but a heavy police presence keeps real troublemakers away. In the daytime there are lots of funky little shops and cafes to keep you occupied.