Party Earth Review With its prime location on the corner of Plaza de Santa Ana and its façade of bamboo shutters and dried grass awnings, it’s hard to miss Mauna Loa, the only place in town that offers a truly Hawaiian experience and fabulous tropical drinks. Although patrons are greeted in the bar by the sounds of exotic birds and an elaborate ... more
Plaza de Santa Ana, 13
Party Earth Review Most of the historical center of Madrid was built on a high plateau amid a network of lush green gardens and parks – and situated on a corner in the southern part of that plateau, far away from the city’s constant swarm of tourists, is a little café called El Ventorrillo. Although the small, indoor bar is rather nondescript ... more
Calle de Bailén, 14
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 cracked wood furnishings occupies the front of the café, where a few relaxed regulars can usually be found ... more
Calle de la Libertad, 8
Party Earth Review Chocolatería San Ginés has been a staple of Madrid’s nightlife scene for over a hundred years, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their most famous concoction – churros con chocolate, a delightful dessert of fried dough served with a large teacup of thick, melted chocolate for dipping. The Chocolatería is one of the ... more
Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5
Party Earth Review A spirited and cheery hangout, Café del Soul is a narrow bar and eatery where easygoing patrons of all ages enjoy a chill vibe and a hearty selection of both tapas and cocktails. Warm, coral-colored adobe walls and groovy electronic dance music add to the mellow vibe, while the Gaudí-inspired tables and booths in the back ... more
Calle de Espoz y Mina, 14
Restaurant / Tapas Bar
Party Earth Review Tapas have dominated Madrid’s gastronomic scene since before it became the capital in the sixteenth century, but La Musa has taken that tradition and run with it. Part of a small population of restaurants seeking to reinvent age-old dishes, the venue fuses traditional Spanish tapas with international flavors. Not surprisingly ... more
Calle de Manuela Malasaña, 18
Party Earth Review A massive covered market that’s been doling out fabulously fresh fare since 1916, the Mercado de San Miguel attracts a wide variety of Madrileños and tourists daily, from local homemakers hunting sliced ham to statuesque Spanish ladies relaxing over oysters and champagne. Built almost entirely of exposed iron beams and ... more
Plaza San Miguel 1
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of the historical neighborhood of La Latina, El Viajero is a three-story bar and restaurant that attracts a predominantly stylish young crowd. The first two floors, each with its own full-service bar, provide ample space for the sea of attractive patrons that mingle to a background of playful conversation ... more
Plaza de la Cebada, 11
Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Situated on the top floor of an old building is Casa Granada, a former apartment converted into a laid-back bar where a diverse clientele gathers for drinks, tapas, and a pleasant view of Madrid. Once patrons locate the side street and the discreet sign next to the door of this unassuming residential building, they need ... more
Calle del Doctor Cortezo, 17
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
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
Party Earth Review Owned and operated by the same guy who runs Dubliners right next door, O’Connell St. is essentially a carbon-copy of its neighbor, touting a pot-o’-gold-worthy cluster of budget-friendly booze and a regular crowd of raucous expats. Anyone who hit Dubliners first will have a bit of déjà vu once they pop the few steps down ... more
Calle de Espoz y Mina, 7
Restaurants in Madrid may be the most varied in all of Spain! Whether hungry denizens crave Andalusian classics like gazpacho, the majesty of Valencia paella, the Basque region’s signature take on cod, or Madrid’s own 1001 ways to make pork stew, it’s very hard to go hungry in this town or even eat the same dish twice.
Even though Madrid is miles from the ocean, cool seafood restaurants abound with fresh catches of the day that are trucked in like clockwork.
For those in need of light American cuisine, fun budget cafeterias serving items like fried eggs and simple salads are rarely far away, and all Madrid restaurants offer a prix fixe menu that is often a very economical way to fill up before or after exploring the city. Keep in mind that the menú turístico, often offered at lunch, can be quite large, but those with hearty appetites will find it a great value.
Trendy international eateries, while not as prevalent as many other European capitals, are also plentiful, with heavy emphasis on Latin American, North African, Middle Eastern, and Asian restaurants.