Madrid Date Spots by Neighborhood

We’ve compiled fun and unique date ideas for you to try out throughout Madrid’s neighborhoods. There are plenty of romantic venues to choose from and with a little planning, you can make your next date truly stand out from the rest. To book accommodation in any neighborhood click here.

Atocha: Some of the classiest restaurants can be found in this neighborhood. From Samarkanda, which is located on a terrace inside of the Atocha train station, to the more modern Midnight Rose.

Charmartin: Schedule a tour of the Santiago Bernabéu, or better yet-treat your date to a once in a lifetime experience of seeing a game at this amazing stadium. Then make some magic of your own at the Houdini Sala de Magia, possibly the only place dedicated to magic in all of Europe.

Chueca: They say oysters are great aphrodisiacs, right? Bottoms up! Ribeiro Do Miño has built a reputation as one of the best restaurants for seafood in Madrid. Then continue your date by dancing the night away at the Velvet Room.

Huertas: If you’re looking for a place to catch a live show, head to Huertas. For  jazz, check out Café Populart.  If you like anything other than jazz head to La Boca del Lobo.

Lavapiés: There is no better way to start a night then with the sunset in the background and a tasty drink in hand. We recommend the rooftop bar at  Gaudeamus Café. Grab a table just before sunset to enjoy the spectacular view from the top.

La Latina– Sunday can be a great day for a date, especially in La Latina. Break from the usual dinner and bar theme and meet during the day to walk through the most famous market in Madrid, el Rastro.

Malasaña: Start playing games- board games that is. At Café Manuela. you’ll find stylish drinks, a wide variety of board games, and classy 1920’s decor.

Retiro: Feeling like something a bit more down to earth? Go with a classic option and enjoy a picnic in Retiro Park. You can pick up some sandwiches at nearby Harina bakery where they make fresh bread throughout the day.

Salamanca: Begin your date by having a glass of wine, or two. La Vinia offers thousands of different types of wines to suit all tastes and budgets. Also make sure to check out when they have scheduled wine tastings.

Sol: Take your date to one of the most talked about food venues in Madrid, Mercado de San Miguel. This market was a local favorite during the early 1920’s and was later left abandoned for many years. After much renovation, this market offers everything from local produce to all types of tapas served along with beer, cocktails and wine.

By Alondra Palomino

February Concerts in Madrid

February is always an interesting month on the concert calendar, not quite out of winter yet, but people are over their post holiday doldrums and ready to start rocking again. So while the spring tour season hasn’t quite kicked-off yet, there are still enough globetrotting world tours making their rounds to fill the calendar. Here is your February 2011 preview of the live music coming to Madrid this month:

Deer Tick 2/1 – Moby Dick: Deer Tick = FUN! These guys put on a great show with lots of energy and rival rock songs that lend themselves to live performances.

Love of Lesbian 2/2-2/5 – Joy: This is one of the more popular and broad reaching Spanish rock groups around, performing in both English and Spanish, offering a a change of pace while in Spain. So check out one of their 4 (!!!) consecutive shows playing at Joy this month in Madrid.

Madison Cano 2/3 – Costello Club:  The irresistibly sumptuous vocal talents of Madison Cano will be resonating around one of Madrid’s coolest music venues this week, Costello Club. Madison and her group will be performing a number of their original tracks that never fail to be catchy, fresh and emotional leaving the audiences begging for otra after otra. Madison Cano’s musical style whips together folk, indie, pop and rock with engaging lyrics and vocals so strong that they’ll have you pinned against the wall. Absolutely brilliant live and, partnered with Costello Club as the venue, this gig should be one for the history books so make sure you don’t miss out.

Band of Horses 2/8 – Sala Heineken:  Band of Horses is one of the best indie bands to come around in the past few years and have succeeded in gaining popularity due to their easy to like sound. Trust me, it is nearly impossible to not like their music.

Junip 2/10 – Teatro Lara:  This Swedish trio stretches across about as many global musical influences as one band can possibly do. Led by the classical guitar and voice of José González, the group puts out an amazing sound that you would be hard pressed not to like.

Wire 2/17 – Moby Dick: Punk to post-punk, to still going strong. The group formed in the mid-70s and has been associated with many different musical movements, but still manages to come-up something fresh every time they get together. Join them for their latest reunion tour in support of their newest, and appropriately mature-sounding release, Red Barked Tree.

Fatboy Slim 2/19 – Fabrik: One of the world’s most recognizable DJ acts will be headlining one of Madrid’s famous all night party venues, this promises to be an electronic music fan’s dream come true.

The Joy Formidable 2/22 – Moby Dick: A new Wales-based indie rock trio that is fresh off the release of its debut album, A Balloon Called Moaning, and well worth checking out.

Your February ConcertMAP has been short and sweet, so if you can’t find something coming this month check out our 2011 preview to see what’s coming down the pipe for the rest of the year.