By day, Paseo de la Castellana and AZCA are places of public buildings, embassies, offices of financial institutions and the earliest skyscrapers of Madrid. By night, however, they pump up the volume and turn the neon signs on.
Want to have a great time at night in Castellana? OK, take the tube to Nuevos Ministerios, Santiago Bernabéu, Cuzco, Plaza de Castilla or Chamartín, or take one of the many local buses (EMT) that go from central Madrid and other parts of the Spanish capital. This way, you’ll reach the Castellana district.
Running parallel to Paseo de La Castellana between Plaza de Lima and Plaza de Cuzco, Avenida de Brasil and Calle Orense are lined with nightclubs – La Nuit is one of them – playing music that runs the gamut from techno to house and pop. These venues are popular with stylish youngsters, while more alternative ones, like the Moby Dick Club, offer indie, rock and soul sounds.
The ground floors of office towers in the financial district – gathering as many as 20,000 people by day –, such as the BBVA building, Torre Europa or Torre Picasso, saw the opening of many a Latin music club in the last decades. A few of them are still active.
Since this is a business area, in Castellana and AZCA you can find after work pubs with a modern atmosphere and not expensive at all, as well as more glamorous options. The Real Café Bernabéu, part of the Real Madrid Football Club stadium, has a dining room overlooking the field. It’s a place to stop after work and have a refreshing drink. The Metropol piano bar at the NH Eurobuilding stages live performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6 to 9pm., while the Marmara, a classic nightclub also in the NH hotel, dedicates Tuesday evening to flamenco and Wednesday, to unplugged sessions.
On this district’s circuit there’re also beer houses, Irish pubs or restaurants with a contemporary, New York-style décor. Taxi a Manhattan, in Nuevos Ministerios, is quite popular, boasting a glass terrace that makes the place pleasant in cold weather.
Cuatro Torres at night
For the best rooftop nights, go high above the city to one of the four skyscrapers that are part of the business area expansion known as ‘Cuatro Torres’, which has been growing since 2009. Espacio 33, on top of Torre Espacio, and the scenic Volvoreta Restaurant at the Eurostars Madrid Tower, in Torre PwC, are great for dinners or exclusive parties a little closer to the starry sky of Madrid.
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