Not a nightlife but an %evening tip. This classical cafe is a good place to have a coffee in company of people from the arts world. Is located in the building of the cultural association "Circulo de Bellas Artes".
Besides the company, the cafe is beautifully decorated and has huge windows to the Alcala street.
In summer they set a cozy terrace outside.
Entry through the Circulo de Bellas Artes. You have to pay 1 euro to go into the building. That will allow you to enter the cafe, as well as seeing the many exhibitions shown in the building.
Pryce is a pleasant café. With Cuban proprietorship, it is bright, modern and simple, with a good vibe feeling that all those who pass through the doors are welcome in.
With lighting that mimic natural daylight, the ambience is easily enjoyable by day, night and through all seasons (especially in cold winter months); a welcome contrast to other madrid bars which tend to be very dark indeed or so bright you catch a suntan indoors!
Late evenings show a more relaxed dimming of the lights with candles :)
Food and drink recommendations:
desayuno - breakfast:
café con churros 2,30€
mediterranéo: café y tostada con tomate y aceite de oliva - coffee and tumaca (toast with tomate and olive oil - delicious!)
a good range of coffees and teas...
zumos - juices
some fantastic freshly made juices, which must be tried!
zumo habanero (de mango y limón) ....mango and lemon 3,50€
zumo sergi (naranja, plátano, piña) ...orange, banana, pineapple
and others, to include frutas de temporado - seasonal fruits
cocteles - cocktails here are worth checking out too!
tostas - open topped toasted sandwiches
...especially salmón 4,00€
*On a budget tip:* one point worth noting, is the small price increase if you choose to eat/drink outside en terraza or arrive at night (after 21h00).
Dress Code: As you are :)
Nice cafe with outstanding decoration that reminds of a David Lynch dream.
Perfect place for a cup of tea with a piece of cheesecake or a gin&tonic.
Opens from 1800 to 0300 everyday.
Great music in a wide variety of styles from jazz to indie.
Prices are ok. People working there are very friendly and speak english if required. Located in the city center you can reach it by metro stop 'Alonso Martinez' or 'Chueca'.
Gay friendly, all kinds of people congregate.
Dress Code: Absolutly NO dress code!!
I first went to Nänai because I was invited to a concert in it. I didn't really know what sort of place it would be, but I must say I was pleasently surprised! I don't know if I should call it a cafe or a restaurant. As far as I know it's not open until 19:00 (7 p.m. ). And in the menu they have various choices, such as things one would have for dinner, but also snacks & cakes, milkshakes & very nice tea. The deco inside is quite unusual, but very interesting! Also they have concerts (I think all Sundays) by different songwriters... they are all acoustic, and the stage is quite small, but it gives the concerts a very nice and cozy feel!
If you go there I recommend the carrot cake, it was delicious!
This is largest pub in Europe. Its has 2 floors. It is fully decorated by irish artefacts. It serves bacon, sausages, black pudding. It has a wide offer on beers, whiskeys. There is also live music.
Dress Code: casual
This pub is a well known one in Madrid. It is a historic place that breathes out the athmospere of the beginning of the 20 th. Century. It is a loved rendez-vous spot cuz it lies near the disco’s of Bilboa malasana. It has wooden-tables, leather lined sheets and mirrors on the wall. The visitors are intellectuals, artists and workers.
Dress Code: casual
los timbales is a nice local cafe near the big bullring and a place where the local guys hang out for beer and coffee before and after the bullfights.
it's a very authentic place with an interesting if a little old fashiones vibe.
Dress Code: anything goes.
pub in black and red tones, small tables. great staff but they dont seem to speak english. The pub is a good starter to explore the district, which is very popular amongst locals in the weekends.
Dress Code: casual
For night and day, Cafe Manuela is a wonderful bar to have a specialty coffee or coctail. The decoration still transports you to a the 1920s. Its the perfect place to philosophise with your friends. It is in the neighborhood of Malasana near Plaza Dos de Mayo. My favorite time to go is a Saturday or Sunday lazy afternoon but its also popular at night too. There is a big selection of board games too. (they even have Trivial Pursuit in English.) I think they do poetry readings and the like on some weeknights.
Great drinking spot. We would get a round of drinks and it would only cost 6EUR. Chris got the locals to quote Triumph... "For me to poop on!"
I found that just "happening" into Bars made them great - especially if you got to meet other people. We met lots of great people and it made places that would have been just okay, or good - GREAT!
Dress Code: Casual
If you have been soimewhere in the middle east, or simply want to check out an arab place and relax as they do, i.e. drinkkiing an amazing mint tea and smoking a sheeshas, Madrid can offer yo ualso this...
Simply go to the Saints area, Calle Santa Maria, Calle Jesus, Calle los Apostules...in that areas (i might be more focused) there is a prettu beautifull arab bar with style where to have a cup of mint tea with waterpipe!
Inhabitants of Madrid are having fun all nights long during the weekend. On the Saturday night, people who are ready for having fun are gathering in cafes. Than everyone go to bars, restaurants and after that to discotheques and nightclubs. There are problems with parking and streets are full of cars on nighttime. If you decided to have not so active night you have to choose cafes – tablao where are flamenco shows or visit Madrid comic opera sarsuela.
This is one of the classical cafes in the "Huertas street" area in Madrid. Is an old style cafe, decorated with woods and velvet, and comfortable benches. There is a good photo exhibition now and then.
It has a nice quiet interior patio with trees inside, after a corridor.
Mojitos, Daiquiris, Pina Colada,... This is Cuba in Madrid. Great atmosphere, cuban music....
It is very close to the yout hostel ( los amigos) great if you had a drink too many ;)
Not far from Puerta del Sol.
Dress Code: No dresscode here, just go in and have a great time.
With its dim candlelights, soft chill out music, and notable drinks (specially Mojitos), Cafe Belen has all the needed ingredients for qualifying as the perfect starting point for a night out in Madrid. Certainly all those qualities are behind the popularity of Cafe Belen, a popularity that could be easily prove by trying to get a decent table during a weekend night there... a nearly impossible task. But the real reason could not be accounted, nor described, nor pictured. Cafe Belen just "has it"; the quality that makes it suitable either for couples in the romantic mood or for large groups looking for a good chat... or for a spirit invocation, as some people pointed out after seeing the pics of Madrid last VT meeting ;-)