All are very good areas to be around and experience…trust yours senses and that’s it guys!…try all this quarters, please!
Just along side Plaza Mayor is La Calle Cava Baja. Many traditional “Castillian” restaurants can be found here and in the surrounding streets such as “Casa Lucio” and “Botin” as well as many modern wine bars and several tapas restaurants. The area is popular on Sunday mornings before lunch, as El Rastro the most famous -Sunday morning- street market is nearby and also full of nice little tapas bars serving seafood, freshly grilled sardine and Pimientos del Padrón (little green pepper some are very spice
Busiest at night, with many pubs and clubs open until the early hours or the morning, much to the dismay of the local residents. The many cafés, wine bars and restaurants attract people of all ages and cater for all tastes.
Plaza Santa Ana
The Plaza de Santa Ana and its surroundings are filled with many tapas bars, “cervecerías”, restaurants and pubs. It is a lively area at night and especially just before lunch on weekends. Here there is a big hotel in one full side of the squere: go to the roof top for a drink and the Pedro Almodovar’s views of the old Madrid…
(The Madrid’s Shoho but Spanish and stylist!)
The once-derelict neighbourhood north of the Gran Vía, has made itself over into one of Europe’s most vibrant gay and everyone else quarters, with the result that many of Madrid’s notorious dens of iniquity – leather clubs and the like – sit cheek by jowl with straight-friendly cafes, dance clubs and bares de copas (drinking bars) in a rainbow-coloured
Some good Bars/Clubs
The first two are my favourites and are very central too…
Palacio de Gaviria
Located in a beautiful XIX century manor house. Because of the decoration and interior design, this club has been used for many photo shoots and advertising campaigns. The 13 interconnected rooms combine art, history and culture with different music played by 3 djs.
Cafe Teatro Arenal
This charming lounge plays jazz, flamenco and bossa nova music. It is located in one of the most popular streets off of Puerta del Sol.
If you are looking for a relaxing night out on the town, El Plaza has a very personal and intimate atmosphere with jazz and blues concerts throughout the week. The prices are reasonable starting at 4€ per drink.
1917 Bar & Restaurante
Located in the quaint area of Ópera close to El Teatro Real and Plaza Mayor, this lounge offers an up-scale atmosphere and cocktails.
It opened in 1979 making it one of the longest standing nightclubs in Madrid. It is a medium sized club that from Sunday to Thursday is transformed into a concert hall for live performances. A great number of Spanish groups were born in this room.
It opened in 1981 and is not only one of the veterans of Madrid nightlife but also one of the best known. It is particularly famous for its parties. It has one of the most varied clientele and is definitely representative of what to expect from a night out in Madrid.
A fair selection of choices for falling in love with Madrid!