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Cafe Central

#82 of 1,382 things to do in Madrid
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Address: Plaza del Angel 10, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91 369 41 43
12:30 pm - 2:30 am
Closed now
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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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Great evening

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Isle of Wight
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Isle of Wight
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134 reviews 134 reviews
18 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
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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Community of Madrid, Spain
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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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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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Luton, United Kingdom
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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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Abu Dhabi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

If you are a music lover a visit to Cafe Central is a must do. We were looking for good jazz music and we were not disappointed. The venue is not very large, so be prepared to be seated in close quarters. You should call for a reservation and arrive at least 45 to 30 minutes before the 9 PM... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Located by the Plaza del Angel is the Café Central which is well known for hosting live jazz bands. Unfortunately, we only made it for afternoon drinks. It was full but had a very nice vibe to it and very eclectic customers of all ages.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

We are staying around the block from Cafe Central when we were walking back to our apartment from a day of shopping I stopped in to ask, in my broken Spanish,what time the music started. The waiter I spoke with advised me not to come. I asked why and he explained that tonight's songs would all be sung in Spanish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Jazz shows frequently throughout the week. Make a reservation ahead of time if you want a table, or to even get in the door as the queue starts early. Loved the evening listening to the Ben Sidran Quartet. I hear there have some recent law changes that might close this classic location - I hope the rumors aren't true. Call... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Again I have done the research of where to go in the evening in Madrid before we went and found this jazz bar. One night we got there about 10pm thinking it was the right time but the performance had already started and it was full, they stopped more people from going in. So we decided to go back another... 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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