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etworking is not a concept that is fully integrated into the Spanish way of life or business. Networking activities are few and far between, but if you’re charming and speak the language, you should be able to network fairly easily at both social and business events. Networking is far more prevalent within the expat community due to expat interest in meeting people with similar experiences and lifestyles.

For expats, English bookstores are popular for meeting other expats, especially those with a bar, such as Bacchus Books and J & J Books and Coffee. Other less literary bars, such as the Irish pubs Finnegan’s and Dubliners, are also a frequent hangouts for expats. There are also Web sites such as where you can either create your own group or join someone else’s.

J & J Bookstore

C/ Espíritu Santo 47

T: 915 218 576

Bacchus Bar and Bookshop

C/ Meléndez Valdés, 52

T: 91 544 73 78

Dubliners Irish Tavern

C/ Espoz y Mina 7

T: 915 227 509


Plaza de las Salesas 9

T: 913 100 521

Expat Groups

Business and Professional Organizations

The number of professional groups for expats and networking organizations that exist are limited. Political affiliations are often a good way for expats to network due to the common ideologies. The two main US parties, Democrats and Republicans, both have chapters in Madrid, as do the two major UK parties, Labour and Conservative.

Democrats Abroad

If you visit the Web site below and join the Madrid chapter, you will be informed of upcoming events,

Republicans Abroad

The Web site below lists the organization’s European chapters. To become involved in the Madrid chapter, you must email the country chairman James Levy.