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Cafe Central

#11 of 872 Nightlife in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Huertas
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Address: Plaza del Angel 10, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91 369 41 43
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12:30 pm - 3:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Mon - Thu 12:30 pm - 2:30 am
Fri 12:30 pm - 3:30 am
Sat 11:30 am - 3:30 am

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Good quality price right in the center

I've now been there a few times and am happy with this place. Starter + mains + dessert or coffee + a drink for 16 euros. Needless to say it can be very busy and booking is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
DanielfromFrance
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've now been there a few times and am happy with this place. Starter + mains + dessert or coffee + a drink for 16 euros. Needless to say it can be very busy and booking is advised. What I like is that the starters and mains have some originality - I once had a superb tuna tartare with papaya,... More 

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1 Thank DanielfromFrance
Berkeley, California, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Cooler than cool, and hotter than hot, the Central has the best live jazz going. We heard a straight ahead bebop group a few years ago, and Nostalgia Cubana in 2015. Think Miles and Dizzy at the Blue Note, circa 1955. The food is good, the drinks are cheap, but this place is all about exquisite and ecstatic music. If... More 

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Thank JohnSchnick
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

One of my favourite stops in Madrid, full of character, good prices, friendly staff. Live jazz every night, but you must book in advance.

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Thank Maria B
Crawley, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

This is one of the premier jazz venues in Madrid with live music every night running from 9-11. We arrived at 8.30 and found it wasn't too busy but lots of the tables had been pre-booked and people arrived in time for the performance. We had a choice of table or bar and chose the bar with a good view... More 

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Thank Philip C
Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Bought E20 ticket earlier in the evening to ensure entrance for the evening music. The Javier Ruibal quartet played accomplished Spanish ballads and attracted a television crew and a really full bar. The beer at E2.70 was accompanied by 2 dozen olives and although they were serving food throughout you would have been lucky to find room to eat it.... More 

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Thank Doug H
Canberra, Australia
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

My partner and I went here for lunch, as the 15 Euro menu of the day looked reasonable despite being on the high end for these kinds of lunches in Madrid. Given that we'd experienced highly questionable service and food quality at the lower price point, we wanted to see if things improved if you paid more. We were seated... More 

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Thank 700Gary
South Petherton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

we ate here perfectly adequately from a short menu before the jazz started at 9pm and found ourselves entertained by musicians of the highest standard for a modest cover charge [11 euros each]

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I wanted to go to the Jazz club here which is 13 euros a person, but it was very late and we had had a very long day so we just sat upstairs and had a drink. You could still here the music coming from downstairs so it still made it a nice experience.

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2 Thank Lesley S
Madrid, Spain
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126 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Very authentic place to stop by for a drink or snack. In Spain it is the law that all beverages you order are brought to the client well sealed and must be opened in front of the client. Make sure this simple rule is applied it may spare you unwanted surprises.

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1 Thank ValerieWu
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Cafe Central hosts weekly Jazz musicians in an intimate and casual setting. We were so impressed by our first visit, that we visited again just before we left as a new band was playing. It's important to book in advance. However, they reserve some spaces for non-reserved guests which are allocated on a first come basis. Most times performances begin... More 

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Huertas
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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