New Years Eve in Madrid 2009

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So you’re in Madrid for New Years Eve and need to find the perfect party to attend. Well, MAP has done a little homework  and here are some of the top party spots to ring in the New Year. These parties happen after eating the obligatory twelve grapes in Sol!

Circulo de Bellas Artes is putting on a big time bash for the New Year. This is one of the best venues in Madrid and should attract a good mix of international partygoers. Also, if you know the Madrid bar scene and want to avoid crammed, tiny smoke filled bars this might be one of the best options.  For more info go here.

Looking for a low-key lounge in the Embajadores area to ring in the year then head on over to The Monkey. The 16 euros cover includes two cocktails, and isn’t such a hefty pricetag for a night out on New Years. For all the details click here.

Does funky dance music sound like your idea of fun for New Years? Then head over to Siroco for a head-bopping good time with DJs Bon and EM. The cover is 20 euros and includes two drinks. For more info go here.

If you’re looking to put on your best threads and spend New Years like a movie star, any of these classic Madrid clubs will suit your needs: La Riviera and Joy Eslava are offering open bars for 75 euros; and the always packed Pacha has a cover of 45 euros that get you two drinks for free!

Tickets for some of these parties can be found either on entradas.com and ticketmaster.es, but www.nocheviejamadrid.com offers discounts and a complete list of all the parties around Madrid.

Happy New Year from MAPMagazine!   We hope you have a wonderful 2010!!

DMC in Madrid!

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Run DMC was one of the hottest rap and hip-hop groups of the eighties. The original group was made up of Joseph ‘DJ Run’ Simmons, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels and Jason ‘Jam Master Jay’. In 2002 Jam Master Jay was killed and the group disbanded.  On January 3rd at Sala Heineken DMC returns to the stage on his own. For tickets go here. To see them performing”Runs House” in 1988 click here.

Michael Bolton in Madrid!

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Michael Bolton will be coming to Madrid on January 16th. Yes, the well-known long-haired singer, who today has a short haircut, will be gracing Madrid with is presence. The international star and social activist who has sold over 45 million cds, won two Grammy awards, and performed in front of millions, will be playing at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and you can buy tickets here.

Hidden Gem in La Latina!

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We all know that after the Rastro on a Sunday afternoon the hip thing to do is head to La Latina for tapas, drinks, and fun. But what many people don’t tell you is that it’s sometimes difficult to find a place that a) isn’t packed and b) isn’t expensive. Well, aren’t you lucky that you found us! Because we’ve stumbled upon the perfect place to go after stocking up on goodies at the Rastro…We even debated not filling you in. Just kidding, we would never do that. Okay, ready? It’s called La Buena Mezcla, and it’s on Calle Redondilla, 9, around the corner from the jam packed Plaza de la Paja.

So what makes this place stand out? On Sundays La Buena Mezcla gives you free plates of food for ordering a glass of wine or a beer. Yes, it’s not the other way around. Order a glass of wine or beer and you get to choose between dishes like Pisto (similar to Ratatouille), warm eggplant salad, spicy yummy lentils, tortilla, and more. Of course, there are other things you can order off the menu, but the free plates are large enough to fill you up. And, if you order another glass of wine/beer, you get another plate, for free!

La Buena Mezcla is exactly what its name translates to in English. It’s a mix of everything. Walk in to the establishment and it looks like Oprah should hire one of her de-clutter bugs to help clean out the place. There are paintings, tea pots hanging from the rafters, and the feel is vintage. The music is chill and soulful, and if you go downstairs you’ll find low tables, pillows, and great bathrooms. The downstairs has more of an  Arabic feel.

We should also mention that they are known for their Mojitos, and Frutos Naturales. During the day they offer a Menu del Dia for 6 euros; the food is typical Spanish or Jordanian dishes.

Also, everyone there is super friendly. Lola is the owner of the place and she greets everyone with a smile as they walk through the door.

Now, whenever someone asks, “where should we go after the Rastro?” You’ll say, “I know this really great place. La Buena Mezcla. Have you heard of it?”

Beer = 1.50 – 3 euors
Wine = 2.50 euros
Cocktails = 7 euros
Menu del Dia = 6 euros

La Buena Mezcla
Calle Redondilla, 9
91 365 1106
Tuesday – Friday – 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday – 1 p.m. – 2:30a.m.

To go to the main Food and Tapas page click here

Madrid English Movie Roundup

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Friday, the 18th of December, marks the release of one of this years most anticipated films, Avatar, the latest work from director James Cameron. If you haven´t seen the previews, it looks like the perfect Holiday action movie to get the blood pumping.  Flying somewhat under the radar will be the release of Where the Wild things Are, Spike Jonze´s screen version of the timeless children´s book by Maurice Sendak.  Both films are great bets to garner Oscar nominations so don’t miss the chance to check them off your list.  The films will be playing at Cines Renoir and Cines Ideal.

By Coleman File