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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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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.
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.....
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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General: La MOVIDA madrilena
Mybe you have heard somewhere about the "movida" in Madrid. Well, this tip migh also be put in the "Historical tips", as it was far away...
Back in the 1975-1985 decade, after Franco's Dictatorship, a group of young madrilians started to gather at night in clubs as ROCK-OLA, EL SOL... and make fresh new songs, cinema, paintings... These were wild years, after the repression of Franco, following the punks steps. Out of all this came out artists that nowadays are part of the establishment, as Radio Futura, Mecano, Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Alaska...
I still remember that nights at RockOla, those were my first days in Madrid and I really had a good time :-))
Dress Code: PS.: Rock-Ola Club is now a supermarket :-(((
- Historical Travel
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.
All Districts: General tips about going out in Madrid
In Madrid there are many places to party, you can be 24 hours a day the 365 days of the year going from one place to another having fun.
All depends on what you want nd your Idea of having fun, but I'm sure you will find your place in Madrid.
People in Mdrid start to go out late, maybe for a cofee at around 8pm or some Cañas(beers) , then have supper and around 1am to club. Notice that most of the bars and pubs close at around 2:30 to 3:00am those places are usually free entrance but if you want to follow the night you must go to a club, they will ask you for money (you usually pay the minimum comsumtion alcohol included) some clubs have special or reduction pases that you can find on cafés or pubs and from people on the streets (public relations).
Dress Code: Sneakers is oftent the excuse to don't let you get in.
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 ;)
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: 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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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.
- Gay and Lesbian
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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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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General: Alonzo Martinez
I didnt go out much while living in Madrid - but when I did my (Spanish) friends took me to clubs/bars/discos around the area of Alonzo Martinez, which was really a great area - as far as I remember anyway - since it being more than a year ago since I was there :-)
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