Reviewed by Shylean J.
"Ryad Café is one of the best places to smoke shisha in Madrid. It is hidden in some windy backstreets and from the entrance it doesn’t look like there ..." more
Travesía de Trujillos, 2
Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review Central Madrid is well known for its cueva bars (cave bars) – subterranean dens with arched ceilings and dim lighting where Spaniards have gathered for centuries to share drinks and noisy conversation. One such bar is Las Cuevas de Sésamo, particularly famous for being one of the best places to savor the traditional fruity ... more
Calle del Príncipe, 7
Party Earth Review A swanky Japanese restaurant by day, Shoko transforms by night into a sexy dance club that offers a unique and upper scale alternative in the otherwise rustic and old-fashioned neighborhood of La Latina. Patrons are introduced to the beautiful space first through an open-air arboretum whose centerpiece is a grand ... more
Calle de Toledo, 86
Reviewed by Jake S.
"I'm going to start out by speaking only to the fellas, if you want to impress a girl, bring her here. One she'll be impressed by the atmosphere and th ..." more
14 Plaza de Santa Ana
Party Earth Review It has often been said that Madrid, which is located right smack in the middle of the country, would be the perfect city if only it had a beach. Enter Ojalá ("I wish"), a hip bar and restaurant that has provided a partial solution to this fatal flaw by throwing a generous six inches of sand on the basement room floor. While ... more
Calle de San Andrés, 1
Party Earth Review Situated right in the center of Gran Vía, De Las Letras Hotel and Restaurante is a four-star hotel with a lovely modern lounge where projected lights cast a soft blue glow and ambient music creates a hip environment for the stylish guests. The real treat at Las Letras, however, is El Ático, a rooftop terrace accessible ... more
Calle Gran Vía, 11
Reviewed by Shylean J.
"My take: The friendliest hookah lounge in all of Madrid! Seriously, it's true...the staff is so friendly and it is definitely one of my favorite spot ..." more
Calle de Coloreros, 4
Party Earth Review Located on a small street in one of Madrid’s business districts is Fortuny, a lavish mansion-style chalet whose elegant Mediterranean restaurant and upscale lounge and club cater to the city’s elite. Just past the luxury cars and discerning doormen on the street is a beautiful inner courtyard covered in a canopy of lush ... more
Calle de Fortuny, 34
Given the diversity of Madrid’s nightlife, it’s hardly a secret that lounges in Madrid have enough variety to suit anyone’s tastes. City denizens are known for staying out late, and since many don’t hit the clubs until well after midnight, Madrid lounges are where they often start the night.
Central Madrid is well known for its cueva bars (cave bars) – subterranean lounges with arched ceilings and dim lighting where Spaniards have gathered for centuries to share drinks and noisy conversation. One such Madrid lounge is Las Cuevas de Sésamo in Sol (El Centro), particularly famous for being one of the best places to savor the traditional fruity red wine concoction known as sangria.
But Sol isn’t only about cave drinking, as many swanky hotels in El Centro are home to great lounges, several of which sit prominently on the rooftops rather than buried beneath the street. De Las Letras Hotel and Restaurante is one such cool rooftop lounge, and definitely worth a visit, but not without venturing first to the equally chichi lounges in La Latina / Lavapiés or Nuevos Ministerios, or the amazing Ojalá lounge in Malasaña / Chueca that brings the beach to landlocked Madrid by covering its basement with several inches of sand.
It doesn’t matter where they find themselves, visitors and locals alike need not venture far before a Madrid lounge will unveil itself and show them how to chill out in true Spanish form.