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Cafe Central

#113 of 1,429 things to do in Madrid
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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 - 2:30 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
Activities: Dining

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Top musical experience

If you enjoy smokey jazz clubs (without the smoke, not allowed anymore), this is the place. Been here several times over the years, and listened to everything from jazz to gospel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

If you enjoy smokey jazz clubs (without the smoke, not allowed anymore), this is the place. Been here several times over the years, and listened to everything from jazz to gospel, always top performers. In the evening the place is very often full, reservation recommended. 5 star is not for the food, but for the experience! food is ok enough... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Came across the Central Bar tonight on a tapas crawl thru the area. It was about 9pm and the music was just about to start. We foolishly didn't go straight in. Instead looked after our stomachs first. Big mistake. We finally made our way back to the bar at 10.30pm to catch the last set. Red Hand were playing. Pure... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Worst place ever!! The server will steal your money. We came here today around 7:40pm. The only male server who works outside took our check 10€ cash with 2.45€ coins which total was 12.45€. Then he came out with the 10€ cash check after 5 mins, and he said we didn't pay the 2.45€. Obviously, he took the 2.45€ and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

Astonishing value - €11 for an excellent show (Maureen Choi). The place has a fab atmosphere, although booking a table at lunchtime was an experience. I had to accompany the waiter to a quiet area of the cafe and speak to someone on the phone. All rather clandestine. I expected more of an 'evening-type' menu, but it was essentially tapas.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Feels just like a Spanish version of an old Irish Pub... Great fresh healthy food, wine and of course they have Guinness

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening, food was good (both had steak), music great, a lovely way to spend a Monday evening stopover in Madrid - but you do have to book - we phoned several days before, and only just got in. It's small and popular, so if you need space, I wouldn't recommend, but if you're happy to chill and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Great jazz from top European jazz musicians. As a musician myself I'm quite happy to pay the eur13 cover charge. It's not often you see such quality for such a low price!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I visited this place several times. It's difficult to evaluate this place, because it always depend on "WHO WERE THE PLAYER?". When I was there, I was lucky. I had a very good time. Also, the staffs of the bar were really kind and nice. This is the "place to visit" in Madrid, definately.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Central Cafe was an excellent choice for an evening of jazz in Madrid. The venue is small and cozy with good food and a great staff. Go early and get your tickets in advance of the show.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This restaurant was literally doors away from our hotel and we tried to get in here on two separate occasions, but they were booked up with a jazz band. Instead, we came here for lunch and weren't disappointed. We could imagine that it would be packed there of an evening once the jazz patrons turned up. Simple food, cooked well... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Central

Address: Plaza del Angel 10, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91 369 41 43
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Huertas
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Monday 12:30 pm - 2:30 am
Tuesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 am
Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 am
Thursday 12:30 pm - 2:30 am
Friday 12:30 pm - 3:30 am
Saturday 11:30 am - 3:30 am

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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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