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Madrid Nightlife

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 edgy, hipster barrio, and La Latino has some of the city's oldest buildings and dozens of tiny tapas bars. Guía del Ocio (www.guiadelocio.com) has the run down on what's on.

Bars in Madrid

Museo Chicote

This is Madrid's most famous cocktail bar, in part thanks to having preserved its 1930s interior. Sip a daiquiri, and try to imagine American novelist Ernest Hemingway relaxing here during the Civil War. It draws a sophisticated, drinks-aware crowd who know what they like. The drinks menu is one of the best in the city.

Address: , Grand Vía 12, ,
Telephone: +34 91 532 6737.
Website: http://www.museo-chicote.com

Viva Madrid

A local favourite, this bar is also popular with visitors thanks to the fabulous interior, with its painted tiles of Madrid scenes from the early 1900s. There's also an impressive zinc bar, with a constantly flowing beer tap and waiters ferrying out drinks. The bar is just off the Plaza Santa Anna. There's a restaurant at the back too.

Address: , Calle Manuel Fernández y Gonzáles 7, Madrid,
Telephone: +34 914 203 596.
Website: http://www.restaurantevivamadrid.com/

Clubs in Madrid

Café de la Palma

This is the venue of the moment for local, traditional singers, as well as flamenco and Cuban music acts. A regular café during the day, at night it transforms into a Moroccan-style lounge, with early evening concerts and then DJ sets later.

Address: , Calle la Palma 62, Madrid,
Telephone: +34 91 522 5031.
Website: http://www.cafelapalma.com

Moby Dick

A couple streets over from the important thoroughfare of Pase de la Castellana, Moby Dick plays live pop and rock on weekdays and hosts DJs (reggae and rap) at weekends. The clientele is a charming mixture of foreigners and locals, who always seem to know how to make the most of a night out in the heart of Madrid.

Address: , Avenida de Brasil 5, Madrid,
Telephone: +34 91 555 7671.
Website: http://www.mobydickclub.com

Live music in Madrid

Café Central

International acts play regularly at Café Central, which is widely known as being one of Madrid's top jazz venues. Besides the musical evenings, it's a pleasant café during the day, great for an aperitif before dinner. Live performances generally start around 2200, but check the website for listings.

Address: , Plaza del Angel 10, Madrid,
Telephone: +34 91 369 4143.
Website: http://www.cafecentralmadrid.com

Casa Patas

Tourists and visitors eat tapas, drink sangria and watch the much loved traditional flamenco. Reservation is highly recommended. 

Address: , Calle de los Cañizares, Madrid, 28012
Telephone: +34 913 69 04 96
Website: http://casapatas.com

Teatro de la Zarzuela

This theatre is the major venue for zarzuela - a genre loosely comparable to Viennese operetta, which encapsulates the idealised castizo (authenticity) of working-class Madrid. The zarzuela season runs from June to September.

Address: , Calle de Jovellanos 4, Madrid,
Telephone: +34 91 524 5400.
Website: http://teatrodelazarzuela.mcu.es

Teatro del Barrio

The hip, up-and-coming neighbourhood of Lavapiés is nurturing possibly Madrid's most exciting creative hub at the moment. A great example of this is Teatro del Barrio, with its bold and often comical plays, as well as poetry, music, dance performances and more. The bar area also makes for a great hangout.

Address: Lavapiés, Calle Zurita 20, Madrid,
Telephone: +34 91 084 36 92.
Website: http://www.teatrodelbarrio.com

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This small luxury Madrid hotel, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, is situated in a leafy corner of the historic Chamberí neighbourhood and is housed in a 19th-century palace that once served as an embassy. It has been reconstructed in a tasteful combination of neoclassical and avant-garde styles. The lounges, ornamented with stucco mouldings, mirrors and fluted pilasters, evoke the refinement of a bygone age and are the perfect setting for entertaining clients. Other facilities include business services, six conference rooms (occupying the former ballrooms), interpreting services, multilingual staff, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre.

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It’s not just the location that makes this a great value hotel, although being a stone’s throw from Plaza Santa Ana and Plaza del Angel doesn’t hurt. The building is a lovely 1920s throwback, and the rooms are bright and airy, with high ceilings. Many hotels are charging much more for way less. One of the best cheap hotels in Madrid.

Petit Palace Ducal Chueca

Located close to the Gran Via, this Madrid hotel can truly boast 'all mod cons'. Part of the state-of-the-art High Tech hotel chain, its 58 boutique rooms are full of electronic knobs and whistles, including a flat screen TV and a hydro-massage shower. That doesn't impinge on comfort levels, though, and the red and black décor gives it a classy feel.

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The location is one of the main attractions of this 170-room boutique hotel in Madrid, opposite Goya Metro station in the upmarket Salamanca district, 1km (0.6 miles) from Retiro Park and the chic shops of Calle Serrano. There are a few forays into the realm of luxury service, with a pillow menu and a book delivery service. The restaurant serves creative Mediterranean dishes.

Hotel Trafalgar

Less than 10 minutes from the centre of town by metro (Iglesia or Bilbao), the Trafalgar is a modern hotel that is popular with both tourists and businesspeople. It lies in a residential neighbourhood, well provided with shops, restaurants and other amenities. The 48 en-suite rooms, while unexceptional, are air-conditioned and have direct-dial telephones and TV. There is also a laundry service and currency exchange. The English-speaking staff are friendly and helpful.

Hotel Paris

One of the popular cheap options in Madrid’s Puerta de Alcalá area, Hotel Paris' 120 rooms are surprisingly spacious, decorated in classic style – this was one of the first luxury hotels in Madrid at the start of the 20th century. It was only when the Ritz was established in 1910 that it was relegated to a more modest category. Its main attraction is its location, right on the Puerta del Sol, with the main cultural stops right on its doorstep.