Beer, it’s always beer

By | 2 February, 2015 | 0 comments

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Although it may seem the opposite due to the fantastic D.O. wines that we have, Spain is a country that consumes more beer than wine. There is a beer culture that is constantly searching for a variety after being submitted for many years to the duopoly of Mahou and Cruzcampo. And so, in Madrid we can find many places who are dedicated to beer, such as Fábrica Maravillas, who make their own beer in the bar itself, a beer that tastes of previous times, times without preservatives and serial production.

Try the Malasaña Ale, blonde, soft and malty thanks to its rye; or FL(ipa), an IPA blonde with plenty of hop that gives it a special sourness. Its makers say that its beers are highly addictive, and you can try them all on Calle Valverde, 29, a must even for refined beer fans.

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Categories: blog, Gastronomía, Noche Madrid

The Archaeological Museum is waiting for you

By | 15 January, 2015 | 0 comments

Museo Arqueológico MadridOn the upcoming 31st of March it will be the first anniversary of the opening, after six years of works, of the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid (known as MAN), which has better access for people with reduced mobility, a more modern design of the exhibition route and more space. Inaugurated back in the 19th century during the reign of Queen Isabel II in the year 1867, it is one of Madrid’s most emblematic museums, located in the heart of the city next to Puerta del Alcalá, on the luxurious Calle Serrano, 13.

Similar in its vocation to the British Museum in London, MAN has an important collection of everyday objects of different historical periods and works of art representative of ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Classical Greece, Roman Hispania and much more. Its “Essential” section is very interesting, with a selection of 15 items of considerable value that come with the help of an audio guide that completes the explanation panels.

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Art galleries on Doctor Fourquet

By | 2 January, 2015 | 0 comments

doctor fourquetIt all began 20 years ago, when the first art gallery appeared on this discreet street in the Lavapiés district very close to the Reina Sofía Museum: Helga de Alvear. Afterwards, others arrived such as the Moisés Pérez de Albéniz Gallery, Espacio Mínimo or Casa Sin Fin, linked to the Periférica publishers. Together they have managed to take the world of art beyond the limits of the Salamanca district and, gathering on such an accessible street, they have allowed that art lovers, potential buyers or just browsers, to enter these small street museums as they please.

One gallery is Maisterravalbuena, which has just inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to the Danish photographic collective Kassen, as part of the Naked Photographer Project. With their latest artistic challenge, they have enjoyed the participation of artists that were asked to take their clothes off to carry out some sort of portrait on their naked bodies.  However, it is their clothes and not them who appear in these photographs. Each artist chose the way they would be represented, as we can in one that appears in Instagram format. It is located on Calle Doctor Fourquet, 6, and it is open until March 14th (free entrance).

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The second museum in Madrid

By | 26 December, 2014 | 0 comments

Museo San FernandoThe Prado Museum, which will be 200 years old in 2019, has often been the star that eclipses other good museums in the city, such as the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, considered by many as the second most important museum in Madrid. A few yards from our hotel by the Puerta del Sol (Calle Alcalá, 13), this institution was born in the Enlightenment era and some of the most important artists in Spanish art history learned their trade there, such as Salvador Dalí or Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

It has a permanent exhibition with works by artists such as Zurbarán, Luis Paret, Sorolla or Julio Romero de Torres, as well as paintings by more contemporary artists such as Juan Gris, the aforementioned Picasso or Rafael Canoga. It also possesses an important collection of paintings by Francisco de Goya, with no fewer than 13 of them carried out by the Aragonese master, among them the famous The Burial of the Sardine.

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What is going on in Calle Ponzano?

By | 5 December, 2014 | 0 comments

Ponzano - Sala de despieceIt is present in the leisure and gastronomy guides, everyone is talking about it and some even call it the “gastrostreet” due to the large amount of bars, restaurants and also shops. Located in the heart of the Chamberí district, Calle Ponzano stands out for its legendary tapas, the queen of Spanish gastronomy. In La Contraseña, somewhat of a worn-out novelty in the area, you can enjoy conventional meals but with a bar filled with delicious pintxos.

Write this name down too: Lambuzo. Located next to the aforementioned La Contraseña, at number 8, this is where the culinary spirit of Cadiz gathers with all of its splendour. Fried anemones, tuna, deep-fried fish and seafood, mojama in olive oil and delicious regional wines are just some of the things that you can order here.

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Do not miss the Kilometro Cero

By | 27 November, 2014 | 0 comments

Kilómetro_cero,_Madrid“Kilómetro Cero, breathes in the city centre the soul that is lost when it escapes”. These are the words of singer/songwriter Ismael Serrano, not exempt of melancholy, dedicated to this central point in Spain, called the “Kilometer Zero” because it is the starting point of all of Spain’s roads. Located in front of the Casa de Correos in the Puerta del Sol, a plaque on the floor has reminded locals and tourists of its central-city status since 1950.

Starting from this emblematic point, the visitor comes across a wide range of bars and restaurants, of which today we’ll try and set apart the best from the rest. The first thing to do is have a walk around the two liveliest streets in the area: Calle Espoz y Mina and Calle Victoria (where Hotel Victoria 4 is located). In the latter is where we can find Xabreiro, a restaurant that is not famous among the masses but it is definitely one of the most authentic ones in the area. The owner, known as Murphy to his friends, prepares impeccable paellas that you can finish off with a homemade herbal liqueur.

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Categories: Sin categoría, tourism

Flamenco in the blood

By | 14 November, 2014 | 0 comments

FlamencoThere is still a long time until the great flamenco event arrives in Madrid, the Suma Flamenco Festival, although this does not mean that you cannot enjoy this performing art in the city before, because the truth is it never stopped. Traditional tablaos like El Corral de la Morería maintain an excellent programme all year long, with daily sessions that include dinner and show at different times. You can also choose just going to the show alone, and you will get a free drink with your ticket. The show costs approximately 40 euros and the dinner has menus starting at 37 euros plus VAT.

These are shows designed for tourists. They are well organised and somewhat expensive but performing there are professional singers, dancers and guitarists. Such a place would be Cardamomo, one of the city’s classics located at Calle Echegaray. Perhaps because it was mentioned in such a prestigious newspaper like The New York Times or because of a growing demand for it, prices have gone up despite the economic recession. Entrance plus dinner costs 72 euros or just 39 if you want to see the show only.

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Categories: Arte y cultura, Noche Madrid, Ocio y eventos

The best cocktails in Madrid

By | 28 October, 2014 | 0 comments

coctel madridThere are many traditional cocktails bars in the Spanish capital, such as Cock, Del Diego or Chicote, but on this occasion we will focus on others that are just as good but still something of a secret.

One of them is 1862 Dry Bar, which opened in 2012 on the picturesque street of Calle del Pez, in Malasaña. It was created to fight against the trend of offering cocktails that make it hard to decipher which spirit it contains due to so much decoration. It is a return to the grassroots and it includes original proposals such as a different cocktail for each hour of the day.

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A charming autumn walk around Madrid

By | 14 October, 2014 | 0 comments

Otoño RetiroMadrid is a city that does not hide its charm in autumn. It is has to understand why the Spanish royal families from yesterday did not spend winter here and missed out on such attractive seasons like autumn and spring.

El Retiro is a key location in Madrid’s autumn. Created between 1630 and 1640, in the times of king Felipe IV, getting lost around its paths is a pleasure in itself, and you might even come across a squirrel or two. There you can also find the central pond, whose origin was as a stage for simulations of naval battles and nautical shows that the king took part in. Now, you can enjoy a boat ride that is more pleasant than the previous activities that took place there, with prices ranging from 5.80€ to 7.50€, depending on the day of the week it is.

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The pleasure of browsing in old bookshops

By | 2 October, 2014 | 0 comments

feria libro antiguoFrom the 2-19 of October, the 26th Antique and Used Book Fair takes place on Paseo de Recoletos, a great chance to enjoy books that are also valuable objects. It is also a way of discovering a hobby that can become addictive and that can be complemented by the many antique bookstores that exist in Madrid. The prices for these books are also much more affordable than what one may think, as long as we are not dealing with rarities.

Cuesta de Moyano is a great place to start with this activity. At number 19 you can find the stall of Francisco Javier Moncada, president of Madrid’s Second-Hand Bookseller’s Association, a lover of books and someone who is also willing to guide all aficionados. In his stall you can find first editions by Camilo José Cela from the 40s, such as La Colmena or The Family of Pascual Duarte, at prices that range from 30 to 50 euros. There are also more valuable samples, such as the complete works by Antonio Machado with leather bindings for 150 euros.

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