Círculo de Bellas Artes

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Círculo de Bellas Artes
Círculo de Bellas Artes

The Círculo de Bellas Artes occupies a superb building, designed by Antonio Palacios and completed in 1926. Despite its persistent funding problems, it is a key player in every aspect of the Madrid arts scene. The Círculo offers a plethora of classes, exhibitions, lectures and concerts in its theatre and concert hall, as well as an annual masked ball for carnival. Its café is well worth visiting, whether to see the marvellous El Salto de Léucade by Moisés de Huerta or for its wonderful views, though it has received a lot of criticism recently alleging a decline in quality. Its terrace is usually packed and is a good option for summer evenings.


Venue name: Círculo de Bellas Artes
Address: Alcalá 42, Marqués de Casa Riera 2
Opening hours: Exhibitions: Tue-Sun 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm; Café-restaurant La Pecera: 9am-1am (until 3am Fri and Sat and until midnight Sun); Library (CBA members only) 9am-10pm; Roof terrace: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat and Sun 11am-9pm; Ticket office: Wed-Sun 4pm-10pm
Transport: Banco de España (M: L2), Sevilla (M: L2)
Price: Access to building and café-restaurant €1. Exhibitions (Tue-Sun) and café-restaurant (free with youth card) €3. Access to roof terrace (Mon-Sun) and café-restaurant (€2 with youth card) €3. Combined admission (rooftop terrace, exhibition rooms and café restaurant) €4

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Mariana R

In English and Spanish below.../ En inglés y en español más abajo

I do not recommend at all to eat at the restaurant. The service is TERRIBLE and extremely rude. I´m a native speaker and the waitress was talking to me as if I was retarded. I was shocked because I was taking my friend from the US for the first time and she made us feel so bad, so so rude. I would like to encourgae everyone even if you are a tourist or you are living in Madrid if you see yourself in a situationlike this it is your RIGHT to ask for a complaint form (hoja de reclamaciones in spanish) to the restaurant/shop/bar/hotel/hostel whatever. Doesn´t matter if you don´t know spanish you can write in english the form is in english too, but it is your right and they have to give it to you it´s mandatory for them. Usually when you ask for a Complaint Form in Spain they try to buy you offering different things, getting the full meal for free, or giving you free gifts so you won´t write the form....seriously, is a very bad thing for businesses in Spain. Because the more they get they can even get the business shut down. Anyway, apart from this...I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTURANT. You can go have a drink and enjoy the views, but there are better rooftops in Madrid with better service where you can go...Hope it helps.

Teníamos una reserva para cenar en el restaurante y la mujer/encargada o lo que fuera super super mal educada (si es que el manager lee esto...que lo dudo... era una bajita castaña de pelo, delgadita), me hablo y me trato como si fuera una retrasada que no entendía lo que me explicaba. Impresionante, servicio pésimo, pero pésimo. Fui con mi amigo recién llegado de Estados Unidos, que no habla español claro para enseñarle las vistas y pasar un rato agradable...y fatal, una imagen pésima. A mi personalmente me dejó un sabor bastante amargo de boca y me fui con un buen cabreo también. No se por que no pedí la hoja de reclamaciones, la verdad que me pilló muy por sorpresa y me quedé en shock porque no me lo esperaba. Pero animo a todo el mundo que si le vuelve a pasar algo así que pida hablar con el encargado o si es esa persona que pida una hoja de reclamaciones. Es una verguenza...finalmente nos pedimos una copa fuera del restaurante vimos las vistas y nos fuimos a cenar a otra parte. Hay miles de mejores azoteas en Madrid y con muchísimo mejor trato del personal. No lo recomiendo, y posiblemente...si es que vuelvo, tardaré mucho y espero que esa persona ya no esté.