An activity can make spending a night on your own more enjoyable and Café Central is the best place in Madrid to see live jazz. The intimate little café, right in the centre of the city, just off Plaza Santa Ana, is a popular spot and welcomes both homegrown and international musicians and singers. You can buy tickets from 6pm every evening for performances that start at 9pm.
Cinephiles should not miss this beautiful 1920s cinema in Lavapiés, home to Spain’s Filmoteca, the organisation responsible for preserving old film stock. It hosts regular seasons based around the work of a particular director or actor and shows films in their original language – there are regular English-language showings. It’s a great place to catch an old classic and the price is a bargain at €2.50.
When in Spain… why not see a flamenco show? There is a lot of choice in Madrid, where many top flamenco dancers, singers and musicians come to perform. Tablaos are flamenco shows that sometimes offer a drink or tapas in with the price of the ticket. Tablao Las Tablas is an intimate space near Plaza de España that has two nightly performances (8pm and 10pm) and attracts some of the country’s finest flamenco performers.
If you’re travelling alone, a good accommodation option is staying in a hostel – even if you don’t fancy bunking up in a dorm, there are lots of cool boutique hostels in Madrid that offers single or double private rooms. A huge benefit of staying in a hostel is the social side; many have a bar or organised social activities like bar crawls and tapas tours – a great way to mingle with other travellers.
Check out one of Madrid’s rooftop bars for an evening drink with panoramic views of the city. Círculo Bellas Artes rooftop has some of the best views in the city – entrance to the rooftop is €4 and there are two bars, tables and comfy reclining beds where you can chill out while watching the sunset. Cheers!
Malasaña is hip, student-friendly and full of a good mixture of locals, travellers and foreigners who live in Madrid. Hit its bars, from old-style taverns to cool cocktail bars and you’ll feel right at home, whether you’re looking to meet people or enjoy a night on your own. There are a range of bars around Plaza del Dos de Mayo with outdoor terraces, a lovely place to have a drink in warmer weather.