Another example of Lavapiés newfound confidence combined with edgy cool is Chinaski, with walls sporting a psychedelic colour scheme, a Guernica-inspired mural and floors covered in broken ceramics. The main pull is the beer, though – Chinaski has an ever-changing roster of artisanal brews on tap hailing from across Europe.
Madrileños tend to make not one plan for the evening but three or four. While the busiest nights are Friday and Saturday (with Thursday a close runner-up), people seem to go out every night and miraculously manage to work or study during the day.
Nightlife centres on three major districts - Chueca, Calle Huertas (traditional Spanish music, jazz clubs and bars) and Malasaña (mainly bars and clubs frequented by a young crowd). Lavapiés is the new up-and-coming hipster barrio. Guía del Ocio (www.guiadelocio.com) has the run down on what's on.