In the Café de Chinitas / said Paquiro to his brother: / ‘I am braver than you / a better bullfighter and a better gypsy’. These are verses that Federico García Lorca wrote as a tribute to the oldest Café Chantant in Spain and direct ancestor of today’s flamenco venues known in Spain as tablaos: Café de Chinitas in Málaga, which, from 1857 to 1937, opened its doors to the general public and indeed to ruffians, offering them the purest and most genuine flamenco anywhere to be found.

Madrid’s new nightlife Category: LGBT
November 3, 2016

Only some people will remember the buzzing scene in Madrid five or six years ago, when every day –from Wednesday to Sunday– there was something different to do at night in Madrid. Crowds that seemed to go on forever had the chance to catch sessions by artists like Elástico, V, Diamante, Stardust and Zombie when […]

Category: Entertainment
August 31, 2016

“Madrid me mata” (Madrid kills me). “La mítica noche Madrileña” (the legendary Madrid nightlife). “Mad City” (a reference to the crazy temperament of this wild town). “La Movida Madrileña” (the name of Madrid’s post-dictatorship no-holds-barred cultural revolution during the 70s and 80s).

Casa Patas Category: Entertainment
April 15, 2015

For people new to flamenco, Casa Patas has, over the last three decades, been a sanctuary for traditional flamenco “cante jondo”, bringing to life the legends, dreams and idols of an art that stands out in its own right as one of the capital’s major attractions. Casa Patas, located on Madrid’s iconic Calle de los […]

Plaza de Chueca Category: Others
January 28, 2014

  Chueca has long been the go-to barrio for those looking for the famous Madrid gay nightlife.  The square itself has had a recent revamp and is full of unhurried terrace bars from which to view the stylish and fabulous.

Category: Food & Drink
July 12, 2013

When summer arrives and temperatures start to climb, the bars and restaurants in Madrid take to the streets by setting up lively outdoor cafés. You will see hundreds of them as you stroll through the city, but to find the most impressive ones look up rather than at street level: some of them are located […]

Category: Entertainment, Food & Drink
January 2, 2013

At the fourth Gastrofestival, held in Madrid from 19 January to 3 February, one of the biggest attractions is liquid cuisine. Cocktails and mixed drinks have been fashionable in the city ever since Perico Chicote opened his legendary bar on Gran Vía. Here’s a tour of some cocktail bars you simply can’t afford to miss.