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Alhambra/El Buscón

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Typically Spanish tapas bars by day, these two adjacent eateries assume a whole new identity come the weekend as DJs play a mix of everything from new...

C/Victoria 5 & 9
Free

Atenas

Bars & pubs, Clubs

A super-cool terraza set in its own small park. The plentiful tables in the front bar are filled by midnight and the overflow swells on to the surrounding...

C/Segovia & C/Cuesta de la Vega
Free

Bar de la Comedia

Clubs

There's nothing funny about Bar de la Comedia. Instead expect a welcome change of pace on this frenzied strip. An international crowd do their thing to a...

C/Principe 16
Free

Basílica de San Francisco el Grande

Attractions

This huge, multi-tiered church between Puerta de Toledo and the Palacio Real is difficult to miss. A monastery on the site, reputedly founded by Saint...

Plaza de San Francisco
Free

Binomio

Cabaret & circus

Camper than the Christmas lights with which it's decorated, this cabaret club is quite something. It's also something quite unusual. Drag queens, magicians,...

C/Corredera Baja de San Pablo 26
Free

Bolsa de Comercio de Madrid

Attractions

In the same plaza as the Hotel Ritz, Madrid's stock exchange is a landmark as well as a business centre. Enrique María Repullés won the competition to...

Plaza de la Lealtad 1
Free

Café Populart

Critics' choice
Music

Escape from the beer-crawl route that is Huertas by slipping into this superb jazz club. There's no cover charge, but the drinks are a bit pricey. A strong...

C/Huertas 22
Tags: Jazz
Free

Café Rock Corto Maltés

Bars & pubs, Clubs

As well as a sizeable summertime terrace outside, Corto has a great vibe inside, with a troupe of guest DJs spinning a varied selection of deep house,...

Plaza Dos de Mayo 9
Free

Campo del Moro

Attractions

This vast garden was named after a Muslim leader in the Middle Ages, Ali Ben Yusut, who attempted to capture the fortress that is now the Palacio Real....

Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto
Free

Cardamomo

Clubs

A firm fixture on the scene, this frenetic flamenco bar plays a mixture of flamenco and rumba tunes, often to thundering effect as the crowd dance, stamp...

C/Echegaray 15
Tags: World, Club
Free

Casa de América

Art, Museums

Housed in the 1872 Palacio de Linares, the Casa de América showcases Latin American art, both by established figures and emerging talents. It also has the...

Palacio de Linares
Free

Centro Cultural Casa de Vacas

Attractions

This exhibition space in the Retiro, close to the boating lake, is run by the local council and offers shows on a variety of subjects, ranging from...

Parque del Retiro
Free

Centro Cultural Conde Duque

Critics' choice
Attractions

Housed in a former barracks, built in the 18th century for Philip V's guard by Pedro de Ribera, the magnificently restored Conde Duque is a multipurpose...

C/Conde Duque 11
Free

Colección Permanente del Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO)

Museums

This small museum is run by the ICO, a state credit bank. Its collection has three main parts: most important among them is Picasso's Suite Vollard series,...

C/Zorrilla 3
Free

Congreso de los Diputados (Las Cortes)

Attractions

Spain's parliament, the Cortes, was built in 1843-50 by Narciso Pascual y Colomer on the site of a recently demolished monastery, which has led to no end of...

Plaza de las Cortes
Free
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