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Plaza de Santa Ana

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Address: Plaza de Santa Ana s/n, Madrid, Spain
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Drinking, Dining, Nightlife
Description: Tapas bars and clubs line this scenic plaza, making it one of Madrid's...
Tapas bars and clubs line this scenic plaza, making it one of Madrid's most popular nightlife hotspots.
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Location of many classic Toscas, or Tapas Bars

A great place to start an evening, and a great many were started there! Fond memories from my years living in Madrid. Would return in a second.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We tried both and this was by far the nicer Plaza. Fewer hawkers, a better atmosphere and some great food.

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Edenderry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We stayed at the Santa Ana apartments, about 50 metres from the Plaza de Santa Ana. So it was the perfect location fot a bit of relaxation between our visits to the wonders of Madrid. At least once a day, we enjoyed a coffee, a drink or even a jug of Sangria at one of Plaza's many establishments. From morning... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A great place to start an evening, and a great many were started there! Fond memories from my years living in Madrid. Would return in a second.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

spent many afternoons here people watching. SO many characters knocking about all trying to impress a euro from your pockets. We had a Michael Jackson impersonator that had me crying with laughter he was so bad. Lots of beggars and watch out for the massaging people who pounce on you Fabulous place to eat and drink with friends.

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Sotogrande, Spain
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This is a lovely Spanish Square, really liked the bars around here, we went to Lateral and the staff were really friendly

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Barry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Plaza Santa Ana is a nice place to eat and drink, but there is one tapas bar/restaurant which is called Restaurant Taberna where one of the waiters is so rude, he doesn't deserve any patronage. My wife sat at a table outside the restaurant and the waiter came up and picked up the table and took it to another location... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I stayed at Room Mate Alicia on the corner of Santa Ana Plaza and the neighborhood was perfect. There is a good mix of bars and cafes and it is close to the main attractions. Atocha Station is about an 18 minute walk; the Airport bus is a 15 minute walk and the Prado Museum is 10. There is a... More 

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We went to the Plaza de Santa Ana because my wife wanted to visit some good fabric stores in the area. What I enoy seeing are the old restaurants that have tile murals on their front facade, which give them a unique look.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We stayed in a top floor apartment on the corner of the Plaza for our first visit to Madrid. As we came in April we didn't need to have the windows open, and being on the fifth floor, noise didn't bother us at all. If you were in a room nearer the ground then this could be a problem, for... More 

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Orange, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the Westin a short walk from Plaza de Santa Ana. Madrid has many beautiful and lively plazas, but this one was one of our favorites. The restaurants and bars located within and around the plaza are diverse. We particularly enjoyed Lateral, (the steak and Brie tapas are amazing and the service is quick by Spanish standards). If... More 

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Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighborhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center — side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighborhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.
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