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.
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.
This cafe is very old, with big colums and big mirrors, the "sofas" are velvet red, and chairs in old wood. I love this place!
Sometimes they have live concerts in the new part of the cafe, check there.
Fantastic teas and with the beers they serve olives. Also drinks at night.
After a fun night out, don't forget to eat some churros and cafe con leche or hot chocolate (also known as a liquid chocolate bar to some...)
The price is so reasonable at $2.20 Euro, you can't refuse! And once you bite in to a churro that has been dipped into your "liquid chocolate bar", you're hooked and will return!
Dress Code: Casual.
It's a cafe open from 11 am til late night. They have teas from different parts of the world. The cakes are also very good!
It's a small cafe to seat in the leophard sofa or in the small tables. It's good to chat adn relax.
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 ;-)
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.
It's a special place to have a drink, tea or coffee. The windows and the colums make this cafe/bar vey attractive. With tables close to the windows!!!
lot of different teas!
Dress Code: whatever!!!!! enrollado si puede ser!!!!
This old cafe is a real classic in madridlian night.
It has a good ambiance and a little terrace, but even if you are not drinking anything, pass by and admire its beautiful tiles and the warm wooden decoration inside.
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
Finally, we made it to this place and most of us ordered some variety of coffee realizing that this long night was coming to an end soon. It was pretty late and we were all starting to get pretty goofy talking about the best looking male and female celebrities and other important matters like that. This place was great to just wind down and relax. They were playing laid back music and the atmosphere is warm and comfortable.
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!
This old style cafe with wooden & mirror walls is a quiet relaxed place for a coffee break in the afternoon (open 13-2.30am) or for a jazz session at night.
During live shows the drinks are a bit more expensive, but the entrance is free.
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.
This is a very popular and famous nightlife spot especially among expats living in Madrid. Well known is the faccade of the house made out of painted tiles. You may get postcards of the faccade's painted tiles in tourist shops.
Dress Code: casual