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Top Choice Jazz in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Café Central

In 2011 the respected jazz magazine Down Beat included this art-deco bar on the list of the world's best jazz clubs, the only place in Spain to earn the prestigious accolade (said by some to be the jazz equivalent o…
Top Choice Live Music in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Sala El Sol

Madrid institutions don’t come any more beloved than the terrific Sala El Sol. It opened in 1979, just in time for la movida madrileña (the Madrid scene), and quickly established itself as a leading stage for all th…
Top Choice Flamenco in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Villa Rosa

Villa Rosa has been going strong since 1914, and in that time it has seen many manifestations. It originally made its name as a flamenco venue and has recently returned to its roots with well-priced shows and meals …
Top Choice Theatre in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Teatro de la Zarzuela

This theatre, built in 1856, is the premier place to see zarzuela (Spanish mix of theatre, music and dance). It also hosts a smattering of classical music and opera, as well as the cutting edge Compañía Nacional de …
Live Music in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Costello Café & Niteclub

The very cool Costello Café & Niteclub weds smooth-as-silk ambience to an innovative mix of pop, rock and fusion in Warholesque surrounds. There’s live music (pop and rock, often of the indie variety) at 9.30pm …
Flamenco in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Cardamomo

One of the better flamenco stages in town, Cardamomo draws more tourists than aficionados, but the flamenco is top notch. The early show lasts just 50 minutes, the latter 1½ hours.
Classical Music in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Teatro Monumental

The main concert season runs from October to March each year, when performances include those of the Banda Sinfónica Municipal Madrid, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, and occasional operas, ballets or zarzuela (tick…
Theatre in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Teatro Español

Fronting onto Plaza de Santa Ana, this theatre (formerly the Teatro del Príncipe) has been here in one form or another since the 16th century and is still one of the best places to catch mainstream Spanish drama, fr…
Live Music in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Casa Pueblo

A storied Huertas bar that prides itself on free live jazz, a bohemian outlook and (according to the owners) political conspiracies. Casa Pueblo is an agreeable bar serving up a winning combination of cakes and cock…
Live Music in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Blackbird Rock Bar

The jury's still out on this relative newcomer to the Madrid live music scene (it took over the premises after the jazz venue Populart closed its doors). Most concerts are free and it's worth a look.