Discover the Villa Magna
It is true that Madrid really is the city that never sleeps. It is a nightlife by nature and it is the mixture of class and scoundrel that is to blame.
The greatest flamenco artists of the past and the present have danced in the city’s tablaos, and more than one Hollywood star has climbed up on the stage to try and copy them. Casa Patas is one of the best known and it also organises courses in its foundation (Cañizares, 10. Tel. 91 369 04 96). The Corral de la Morería (Morería, 17. Tel. 91 365 84 46), the Café de Chinitas (Torija, 7. Tel. 91 547 15 02) and Las Carboneras (Conde de Miranda, 1. Tel. 91 542 86 77) are other great temples of flamenco. Some also have restaurants and offer a combination of dinner and a show.
National and international productions, lectures and even pop concerts are held within the walls of the Royal Theatre, a Neo-classic opera house which has been restored over the years; the last refurbishment took place in 1997 (Plaza Isabel II. www.teatro-real.com). The National Auditorium is home to the great symphonic orchestras as well as solo artists and chamber orchestras from all over the world (Príncipe de Vergara, 146. www.auditorionacional.mcu.es). The género chico (short plays set to music), a uniquely Spanish invention, is located in the Teatro de la Zarzuela (Jovellanos, 4. http://teatrodelazarzuela.mcu.es).
If Madrid has become the cocktail capital of the world, it is partly thanks to the boom of the gin and tonic, of which there are so many combinations it can make your head spin! But before the arrival of this new craze there were already established bars in the city such as the stylish Le Cock (de la Reina, 16), its neighbour Del Diego, famous for its gin fizz (de la Reina, 16), and the classic Milford (Juan Bravo, 7), with its exquisite service and inviting armchairs. Among the new arrivals, it is worth experiencing the creations of Diego Cabrera, owner of Le Cabrera (Bárbara de Braganza, 2).
Madrid is Entertainment
On Sundays the city comes to a standstill due to the matches of Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. The supporters flock en masse to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium (Concha Espina, 1), home of Real Madrid, the team that have won the most competitions in Europe. But as far as their supporters go, the two clubs are drawn. From the stand of the Caja Mágica, designed by Dominique Perrault, you can enjoy the top quality tennis of the players who compete in the prestigious Madrid Open which takes place in May (Camino de Perales, s/n). The audiences of the grand musicals are also marvelled by the shows on the Gran Vía. Madrid is also a city with a long theatrical tradition.