Gran Via, with Torre Madrid at the end of the street. At the time of building it was the tallest of Europe
Alternative Madrid City Guide El Patio Maravillas
by the english conversation group
This guide has been prepared by the English class from Patio Maravillas, during the spring 2008. The Aim was to make an alternative guide to Madrid, and notyour typical top-10 places to visit. We wanted to give a little insight into our preferred places inthe city, which are special and not necessarily mentioned in any guidebook. This is our little proposal we hope you enjoy it.
PATIOMARAVILLAS Spring 08
Going Out In the night or in the morning
C/ Manuela Malasaña, 22
El Palentino The hippest dive bar in Madrid, packed onFriday and Saturday nights. Try to squeeze in to enjoy a cheap beer served with extra salty potato chips. You can go back for the last drink of the night when they reopen at around 7:30am and chat with the neighbors who have come in for their morning coffee.
C/Del Pez, 9
Typical Colombian food, Caribean inspired recipes. Rice with coconut, ﬁsh with coconut... Very comfortable, very good andinexpensive food, with nice music.
Cuban Place, the best mojitos in Madrid are served here. Listen to latin jazz music & dance to Cuban music.
C/ Torrecilla del Leal, 12
After dinner you only have to go out from “El Sur” (see “Eat and Drink” section) and, in the next door, yon ﬁnd this bar where you can dance and drink a mojito or a fruit cocktail till fouro’clock in the morning. “La Antigua” is the new name of a local that, before, was called “La Lupe”. If you like to dance music of the 70’s and 80’s you can show your dancing skills here on a little stage in front of all your friends. The local isn’t very big and when it’s full of people it can be a little uncomfortable, but if you wish a good party ambiance you’ll ﬁnd it here. In “La Antigua” youbreath freedom and joy; sadness and prejudices rest outdoor.
It’s a bar located in Lavapies, the walls are painted in bright green and above them you can read the prohibition to smoke joints in thirty languages. There you can get “minis” (one litre) of beer or “calimocho” (wine mixed with Coca Cola) and also soft drinks. The best you can ﬁnd there is the “pachangueo” music: Manu chao,Amparanoia, Ojos de Brujo, etc. The main problem is that at the weekend there are plenty of people so you don’t have so much space to dance, specially in the summer, when you can feel the human heat.
It is a pub where you can ﬁnd rock and punk, live music, nice people. It is in the popular district of Vallekas (south of Madrid). One of the most curious products of this bar are”metros”. They are a veryvery tall glasses, about one metre, with a faucet in the bottom. Near Hebe´s Pub there are more interesting places to visit at night.
c/ Tomás García nº 5. metro Nueva Numancia.
DiscoBar, for dancing or just enjoying music. They have DJ's and host concerts and small groups playing everything from Flamengo to Rock over Hiphop.They open at 22.30 with concerts Entrance fee 7-10 euros, beers & coctails from 4 euros.....
Altough being rather expensive, and overcrowded on weekends, Contraclub is one of the places that can save your night. Funk music, open until late on midweek, and sittuated in the city center, makes it the perfect "Plan B" for everybody.
Funk music, open until late, andsittuated in the city center, makes Contraclub the perfect "Plan B"
PATIOMARAVILLAS Spring 08
Eat & Drink
C/ Esparteros 9,
churro-sticks, high quality chocolate & old Spanish people.
can phone Juan, the owner, a very kind person, and ask him whatever you want. This is the phone: 915278340.
C/ Argumosa, 21
Cheap meals at the University.