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Restaurants & cafés

Named after Granada's magical palace and done up in suitably Andaluz-Moorish style, this is a pretty and peaceful spot during the day, serving basic tapas...

C/Victoria 9



This is the mother of all club terraces: the enormous 2,000-square-metre complex comes complete with two dancefloors (one indoors and one out), ten bars and...

Estación de Atocha
Major venue


Bars & pubs, Clubs

Wednesday is firmly established as hip hop night in Madrid, and judging by the turnout these clubs get, Thursdays must see a massive drop in Madrid's...

Plaza Callao 4

Café Berlin


In 2003 the Berlin was another venue to fall foul of enforced closure by the council but has since bounced back impressively, with its own jazz school....

C/Jacometrezo 4

Café Isadora

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

An elegant shrine to Isadora Duncan, with a chequered floor, marble-topped tables and an eerie collection of prints of 'that scarf', alongside frequently...

C/Divino Pastor 14


Bars & pubs, Clubs, Restaurants & cafés

By day dogs chase kids through table legs while their parents chat over mugs of herbal tea. By night the hip hop and jazz DJs attract a different crowd,...

C/Pez 18


Restaurants & cafés

At first glance, this French bistro seems a wee bit run down, but nonetheless it's all class - in a campy, Broadway kind of way. Behind the dangling blue...

Plaza de la Marina Española 4

Castellana 8

Bars & pubs, Clubs, Restaurants & cafés

Known as Jazzanova until recently, Castellana 8 remains a supremely smooth bar-restaurant-club, its black walls softened by clever uplighting, orange velvet...

Paseo de la Castellana 8


Bars & pubs, Clubs

One of Madrid's clubs converted from old theatres, Changó plays host to two top nights. First up is Nature, a long-running Thursday night dedicated to...

C/Covarrubias 42

Chocolatería San Ginés

Restaurants & cafés

Serving chocolate and churros (deep-fried batter sticks) to the city night and day since 1894, this veritable institution has had to introduce a ticketing...

Pasadizo de San Ginés 5


Critics' choice

Cool was always too stylish to be dominated by the straight crowd. And so it has come to pass that it now has a mainly gay following. Once you get beyond...

C/Isabel la Católica 6

Dos Gardenias

Bars & pubs

There's no sign on the door - just look out for this mellow little space painted in warm yellow, orange and blue and the emanating chilled-out vibes, soft...

C/Santa María 13



A dual-personality club night, with diametrically opposed sounds on each floor. Downstairs Iván Pica and Hugo Serra mix a bang-up-to-date selection of...

Sala Heineken

El Sol

Clubs, Music

A steady flow of top live acts passes through El Sol, another remnant of the Movida. The décor is not up to much, but the vibe and the programme make up for...

C/Jardines 3


Critics' choice

Fabrik is a converted warehouse kitted out with a dazzling array of disco surprises: a 60kw sound system; a huge outdoor terrace complete with a fake river...

Avda de la Industria 82
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