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Bulevart: Great Deal on Heineken
A small but decent bar which was serving 6 bottles of Heineken in a bucket for only €5 and so we indulged in a few buckets. Bulevart may not be the most luxurious of bars but the beer was cheap and cold.
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Yambala: Mojito? Mojito!
Madrid offers thousands of bars and clubs - in every size, for every age, every style,.... My personal favorit is a very small but cosy little bar close to the metro station "OPERA" or "SOL". The bar is owned by some young guys who are originally from Morocco and also the interior of the bar is oriental. The bar is perfect to start in a good night as their bar menu offers a wide varity of drinks - i personnally love their Mojito ( € 6)!! Also for a sunday afternoon - to hang out with friends - is it the perfect spot, as they also offer tea, hot chocolate, smoothies ....
It is a bar to meet friends and new people, hang out and talk. As it is very small there is not mucht dancing and they also do not have any food (but there is an Italien restaurant right in front of it!)
Dress Code: No dress code
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Yelmo Cine Ideal: Cinema in Original Version
I read somewhere that Spaniards go to the movies more than people in many other countries. So its not a NON cultural thing to do. And if you want to see Original version movies (including English) you can check this place out. As a cinema its ok, nothing special but serves its purpose. For the Americans, no, butter is not available on the popcorn in Spain. :( Its near Sol and easy to find too. And has a nice facade.
It costs about 5.80 Euros and on non holiday Mondays its 4.30.
El Imperfecto: Mojitos in a Central Groovy Vibe
A nice place by day as well as night! It's a groovy little bar tucked down a side street off the main stretch from Puerta del Sol. Interesting paraphernalia adorns the walls, while mojitos and other cocktails (with or without alcohol) - though not the greatest - make a nice escape from the business outside - or a great start to a night out.
As well as the usual bar stock, there are a nice range of infusions and some good hot chocolate here too :)
Dress Code: Be Yourself!!
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Taberna de Embajadores: Drinks, Football, Music...
This large taberna has a lively mix of people regularly popping by, and the staff are always happy to welcome all who pass through the doors....
A good pitstop for a couple of copas, with complimentary tapas... To drink I recommend trying out the cerveza negra if you want something different or perhaps una jarra de sangria and to eat, the following raciones:
- patatas mixtas (with both bravas and ali-oli salsas) 3,50€ (plenty to share for 3 people)
- ensalada de tomate, queso y manzana 3,00€ (tomato, cheese and apple salad)
- tumaca de salmon 2,50€
If you like football, you will also find here the major matches played - on TV and a large screen, especially Atletico and Real Madrid.... other entertainment here includes table football and American darts, a random mixture of music (anything from ABBA and pop to trance... a rare find in Madrid) and a good fun vibe from the friendly bar staff!!
Dress Code: Be Yourself!!
General: Going out
There are many things to do at night in Madrid, strolling on Puerta del Sol and streets around, watch a play or musical on Gran Via o going to the disco for a dance or a for a drink.
Hay mogollón de cosas que hacer en Madrid por las noches, dar un paseo por los alrededores de la puerta del sol, ver una obra de teatro o un musical en la Gran Vía o ir a bailar y tomar algo en cualquier discoteca.
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Fortuny: Bar in beautiful mansion
I went out with friends from Madrid, and this was one of the places they suggested. It is located in a nice mansion, on top is also a restaurant. You have a very nice garden there, you can enjoy your drinks under trees. Inside on ground floor there is a dance floor with a pleasant mix of music, on second floor people just drink and watch :). It has the reputation of being a bit of a posh place. There is a face control, so dress properly. People are going there between 1 and 4 a.m. Age range when I was there was between 25 up to 60 something (sic :)! - in Austria you usually do not see grey haired men looking for a second chance in a bar like this :) - they prefer it calmer here :))
Dress Code: An incredible high number of gents I saw there was wearing either Ralph Lauren, Lacoste or Hilfiger shirts - the ladies the shorter the better ;)
General: Meeting the Locals
The Plaza Santa Ana/Huertas area is a great place to have a drink or try some sangria. There are bars up and down the streets of all types suchas Irish pubs, salsa clubs, and lounges.
I found most of the local Spanish people to be very nice.
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Nightlife areas in Madrid
There are many different areas in Madrid where to go out, depending on what you are looking for. Just to list a few:
1 Huertas, near the hearth of the city (Metro Sol).
2 Malasania, more alternative and radical (Metro Tribuna)
3 Torre Europa and Avenida Brasil (Metro Santiago Bernabeu)
4 Chueca, gay & lesbian quarter (Metro Chueca)
5 Islas Filipinas or Moncloa, students nightlife
6 Orense, (Metro Nuevos Ministerios)
7 ... sure many others, but these are those I use to go.
Dress Code: Of course, depending on the area, but consider that for many places, shoes are required.
General: Drinking wine.................
Drinking wine is like drinking water in spanin.......and cheper than a coke.... do you imagin
You will find many diferent kind of wine.......very good one
I love wine then i have a great experince......
You do not drunk so easy since ther sever tapas........ ....... well after going to 5 or more bar you can start felling dease ;-)
General: going deFARRA
The nocturnal life in Madrid is very interesting...
It is of Monday to Monday
It is 2:00 am on the morning and the streets are full of people (including in winter)
Going the FARRA is local slang for going out and have fun ...........consist on going from bar to bar....... Have some drink and tapas and move to the next bar you can go to 4 or more places each one diferent and good.......wow i love it
were ever you are.....no matters the street or the location you will found a bar.......
Dress Code: No dresss requirements need.....
X X X Cafe: Alternative bar, complete with drag queen shows
A gay friendly bar with good energy and strong drinks. Nice mixed crowd with a nice selection of magazines available or just sit and people watch.
Drag queens perform in the basement on the weekend.
I ordered a Red Bull with vodka. The Red Bull, glass of ice and bottle of Absolut arrived at the table and then he began to pour, and pour...and pour! I had to tell him to stop pouring vodka! Now where in the US does THAT happen?!
Dress Code: Dress as ya please!
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Madrid nightlife does not start until 11-12:00.
The streets surrounding Cheuca subway, made famous by the movies of Pedro Almodovar, are full of life. The working class district of Cheuca, north of Gran Via, has Tapas bars, restaurants, discos and bars. Plaza de Cheuca, the centre of the gay community in Madrid, has fire-eaters and musicians. The LL Bar, at midnight may have a flamenco drag queen.
General: traffic jam at 2 am - go figure!
I don't dare to write a lot about the night life in Madrid, since I can't say I had the FULL THROTTLE experience. And besides, I myself, have found amazing stuff writte by some of VT's member who live in Madrid.
I did go out in Malazaña and Chueca. For the record, CHUECA is not exactly just-gays neighbourhood. I mean, bars are mixed so... don't understand what the "fuss" was all about. Cool places. Had a drink there with Antonio and Javier... LONG LIVE VT again. And Antonio, gracias a ti. Nos vemos pronto. :-)
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It's so hard to select just one "theme" for Chueca. This is such a vibrant, hot, fun, gay place! Stroll through the streets in this area (you can get there via the Chueca subway stop or taxi) during the day time and you can shop. But the best time to visit is at night when it comes alive.
Chueca is a working class barrio that is quickly being gentrified by gays (thank God!). There are many bars and discos here but one of the best things to do is to grab a chair and bistro table after midnight in the Plaza and just sit ogling the boys! Ok, it's not all boys but there are plenty! It's amazing how many people are there after midnight. We sat drinking until 3AM and the plaza remained full of people. There is so much life in that one, small area..it bounces off the buildings and grabs you.
Dress Code: Jeans or club wear...I saw all types of dress here. Didn't see shorts, though.
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