We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cafe Central

#15 of 862 Nightlife in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Plaza del Angel 10, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91 369 41 43
Improve this listing
12:30 pm - 2:30 am
Open now
See all 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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 140 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 75
  • 45
    Very good
  • 8
  • 5
  • 7
Great atmosphere

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Doug H
Poole, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

140 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Poole, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
163 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Doug H
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank 700Gary
South Petherton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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]

Thank steve1208080
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
66 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 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.

1 Thank Lesley S
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
112 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 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.

1 Thank ValerieWu
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Arif L
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
82 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

This is such a find. Live music bar, in Plaza Angel. Cover charge of €13 bought us an entire evening of excellent music. Last night was fusion swing with gypsy jazz. Tonight is all blues. With different musicians on every night of the week, there will surely be something for everyone.

Thank joyce018
Level Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

Thank DDR D
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Stephen E
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Lo Z

Travelers who viewed Cafe Central also viewed

Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid
Madrid, Community of Madrid

Been to Cafe Central? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cafe Central and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Wakefield, United Kingdom

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Cafe Central staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Huertas

Neighborhood Profile
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.
Explore this neighborhood