Nightlife

Top Choice Club in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Teatro Joy Eslava

The only things guaranteed at this grand old Madrid dance club (housed in a 19th-century theatre) are a crowd and the fact that it’ll be open (it claims to have operated every single day since 1981). The music and t…
Top Choice Cafe in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Chocolatería de San Ginés

One of the grand icons of the Madrid night, this chocolate con churros cafe sees a sprinkling of tourists throughout the day, but locals pack it out in their search for sustenance on their way home from a nightclub …
Cafe in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Anticafé

Bohemian kitsch at its best is the prevailing theme here and it runs right through the decor and regular cultural events (poetry readings and concerts). As such, it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but we think it adds…
Cafe in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Cafe de Oriente

The outdoor tables of this distinguished old cafe are among the most sought-after in central Madrid, providing as they do a front-row seat for the beautiful Plaza de Oriente, with the Palacio Real as a backdrop. The…
Cafe in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

El Café de la Opera

Opposite the Teatro Real, this classic before-performance cafe has one unusual requirement for some of its would-be waiters – they have to be able to sing opera. They break into song from around 9.30pm on Friday and…
Bar in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Bodegas Ricla

Bodegas Ricla is so tiny you might be rubbing haunches with other customers as you sip your wine. For more than 100 years, it's been serving tasty authentic tapas and local vintages: red, white and pink wines, cavas…
Cafe in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Chocolatería Valor

It may be Madrid tradition to indulge in chocolate con churros around sunrise on your way home from a nightclub, but for those who prefer a more reasonable hour, this is one of the best chocolaterías in town. Our fa…
Bar in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Café del Real

A cafe and cocktail bar in equal parts, this intimate little place serves up creative coffees and a few cocktails (the mojitos are excellent) to the soundtrack of chill-out music. The best seats are upstairs, where …
Coffee in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Coffee & Kicks

Coffee & Kicks is the place for aficionados. You can get your flat white on or try one of the pastries while perching on a stool and flipping through a fashion magazine, or hook up to the wi-fi and stay awhile. …