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Weekend in Madrid: Best of the Nightlife

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I will be in Madrid for business in January (FITUR), but I will extend my visit for 2 days during the weekend to meet a friend coming from England and have a blast.

I would like to know places where to eat very fine cuisine for good prices, nice street markets and some bars with music like blues/rock//world music/country/etc.

A couple of cultural options for the day will be fine, too. But we are avoiding big crowds, so forget about the bigger museums, we are more likely trying to find some original places for that.

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Friday night:

Have dinner at Bazaar and then head over to Corral de la Moreria for a flamenco performance (by around 9pm - check their website for exact schedule and reservations).


Corral de la Moreria


Then head over to Costello Club (open till 2:30am) and Sala el Sol (open till 5:30am) virtually next door to each other.

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Saturday early afternoon:

Get a late start (and breakfast) after the long night before.


Start with a walk down Paseo del Prado and catch street musical performances by buskers (feel free to follow your ears wander off to watch performances in adjoining streets).


Finish off the afternoon with a visit to El Real Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden).


El Real Jardin Botanico

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Saturday lunch + late afternoon:

Have lunch at the Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes and then spend time viewing the art exhibitions going on in the club.


Cafe del Circulo de Bellas Artes


Next head to the Parque del Retiro and the Palacio de Cristal. It's easy to spend a few hours strolling the park and the Palacio (stay until sunset to see it's beauty).


Palacio de Cristal

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Saturday evening:

Start off your evening with tapas and drinks at Clamores (opens at 6:00pm). Then catch a show at Teatro la Latina (see their website for schedule and reservations - shows usually start at 9:30pm). After the show head to Honky Tonk which stays open until 5:00am.

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Sunday afternoon:

Again, get a late start and head to El Rastro, for the wonderful street market that runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Sundays. In and around this you'll also encounter many street performers.


El Rastro


Have lunch at Malacatín which is a stone's throw from the market. After a leisurely lunch, explore around the market some more before heading to the airport for your flight back home.

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Have fun By Flavio Bastos
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Flavio Bastos wrote:  

HI! 

I will be in Madrid for business in January (FITUR), but I will extend my visit for 2 days during the weekend to meet a friend coming from England and have a blast.

I would like to know places where to eat very fine cuisine for good prices, nice street markets and some bars with music like blues/rock//world music/country/etc.

A couple of cultural options for the day will be fine, too. BUt we are avoiding big crowds, so forget about the bigger museums, we are more likely trying to find some original places for that.

Thanks,
Flavio 

Flavio Bastos wrote:  

Hello?

Shruti Sharma wrote:  

Dear Flavio,

I tried responding earlier but there was something the matter with my account.

Here's my response for now:

 

A weekend in Madrid, great idea.

Since you're going in January it will be relatively less crowded, or so I would assume. I was there in Oct/Nov to be honest. And, whatever time of the year, I do recommend a walk ​
​down the Paseo del Prado, pop into my fav - Museo Nacional ​
​del Prado or Reina Sofia or Real Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden) - the last one could be a beautiful and quiet specially in the afternoon. Other museums of interest could be Sorolla Museum and Palacio de Cristal - you could take your pick as per taste. If interested in architecture - Edificio de Correos might interest you. There is also the gorgeous Royal Palace. 

If you're lucky there'd be lots of buskers even then - so you could hear all sorts of music on the street itself - its amazing. ​
​Also, you could try one of the best Flamenco performances-dinner theater place​
​ - Corral de la Morreria. If you're unable to go here, do look for another flamenco performance in your vicinity - I do certainly recommend you see one.

Street Market: Try this link for days, timings as per choice (http://www.esmadrid.com/en/street-markets)
Do check with you hotel for what's going on at La Latina whilst you're there. They'd best be able to inform you of the current events etc. Its the hottest place there. Check for flee market and the most popular club/pub.

Day trip to Seville might just be a fantastic idea.
​Some nice restaurants: (I'm not sure what you meant when you said good price, but look these up, you might like them :) ​
​Viridiana
​Botin (and walk around - http://www.botin.es/Images/RUTA_DE_LA_LITERATURA_en.jpg) ​
​Cerveceria Monje
El Club Allard
Taberna la concha
Camoati ​




2nd round By Flavio Bastos
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Flavio Bastos wrote:  

Hi,

As I've said before, we are avoiding big museums (Prado or Reina Sofia). Maybe the botanical garden is a nice idea.

As per the food, I'd like to pay 25-35 per meal with wine/beer, no more. Those you sent seem a bit fancy for my taste. 

Also, I asked about bars with certain type of music, can you share?

Please feel free to organize better with my indications. You are the boss here. I want something that blows my mind.

Thanks,
Flavio

Shruti Sharma wrote:  

Hope you'll find these interesting:

Places to eat:

Bazaar (Calle Libertad 21) - http://www.grupandilana.com/es/restaurantes/bazaar - excellent value eating spot and the chef's repertoire is creative and vibrant. For dessert, Don't miss their renowned chocolatísimo, a medley of mouth-watering chocolate delights. Price for a meal shoud be between 9-15 Euros.

Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes (Calle Alcalá 42) - http://www.circulobellasartes.com/ - you'll also get to see any art exhibitions going on in the club. Lunch is great value with a set menu. No dinner is served but it makes for a great tapas stop in the evening. Prices for the set menu lunch at 12-15 Euros.

Malacatín (Calle de la Rueda 5) - http://www.malacatin.com/ - in a narrow street off the Plaza Cascorro, a stone's throw from the Rastro market, is this tiny century-old tiny taberna where you sit on benches at basic wooden trestle tables and enjoy the place's one and only main dish: cocido. The very filling set menu includes wine (usually Valdepeñas) and dessert. Only open for lunch. Reserve one day in advance. Price for the set menu lunch is about 28 Euros.

La Chata (Cava Baja 24) - a popular watering hole where the cuisine is Castilian, Galician, and northern Spanish. Eat in the small atmospheric adjoining area where prices are more reasonable than in the main downstairs restaurant.

 

Bars:

Sala el Sol (Calle de los Jardins 3) - plays great live music, usually 70s and 80s rock. Livens up post 10pm.

Honky Tonk (Calle de Covarrubias 24) - a great place to see blues or rock n' roll.

Clamores (Calle de Albuquerque 14) - generally a jazz place but world music, soul fusion, pop and rock n' roll make regular appearances.

Costello Cafe and Niteclub (Calle del Caballero de Gracia 10) - pop, rock and fusion - live music on all nights except Sundays.

Flavio Bastos wrote:  

Hi, 


Can you order this in an itinerary that makes sense? Starting friday night to sunday evening, when I'll leave to the airport.

 

Flavio

Shruti Sharma wrote:  

Have updated it under the Itinerary tab. Do have a look.