Party Earth Review Halfway between the heart of Chueca and the historic Calle Alcalá is Libertad 8 Café, a surprising little haven for artists tucked away on the narrow street that gives the place its name. A typical Spanish bar with its... ... read full review
Calle de la Libertad, 8
Banco de España
91 532 11 50
Malasaña / Chueca, Madrid –
Halfway between the heart of Chueca and the historic Calle Alcalá is Libertad 8 Café, a surprising little haven for artists tucked away on the narrow street that gives the place its name.
A typical Spanish bar with its cracked wood furnishings occupies the front of the café, where a few relaxed regulars can usually be found on their barstools, puffing cigarettes, sipping drinks, and chatting softly with each other and the staff.
The dim, old-fashioned room is noticeably quiet and devoid of any overhead sound system – but from behind the red curtain hung over the arched doorway in the back come the undeniable strum of an acoustic guitar, a smattering of applause, and cries of “Otra! Otra!”
Once the curtain is pulled aside, patrons will discover the heart of Libertad 8 – an intimate room where a small but appreciative audience gathers to enjoy live music from the performers on the tiny, well-lit stage.
A hangout for dissident journalists and writers during the dictatorship, Libertad 8 has stuck to its roots and remains a refuge for local artists of all sorts who come to interact with the audience via book signings, poetry readings, and folk music performances.
Art and music lovers, creative types, and generally congenial intellectuals, mid-20s to late 30s.
Nightly live music. Frequent poetry readings, art shows, workshops, and book presentations.
Live shows €5–€10. Beer and wine €3, cocktails €7–€8.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays after 10pm.