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Cafe Central

#99 of 1,406 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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Great music, food only OK

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Pete C
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW 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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Isle of Wight
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142 reviews 142 reviews
20 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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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London
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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149 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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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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