Libertad 8 Café

Bar / Café / Live Music Venue
Libertad 8 Café 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. Madrid Spain 40.4206943 -3.6973277
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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

  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Libertad 8 Café Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

Ask the staff for a copy of the café’s newsletter, which has a monthly calendar of upcoming events.

  • Crowd

    Art and music lovers, creative types, and generally congenial intellectuals, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly live music. Frequent poetry readings, art shows, workshops, and book presentations.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Live shows €5–€10. Beer and wine €3, cocktails €7–€8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays after 10pm.

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