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Old 19th October 2010, 11:32 AM   #1
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Esteemed foreros,

Despite my 20 or 30 work trips to Madrid in recent years I am still struggling with this dilemma.

In November after one of my routine work trips, a handful of Brit friends will fly over to join me to spend a weekend in the capital.

I think that I OK guiding a little around the streets and the sights, however I am a little unsure about what to recommend for choices of restaurants/bars. The reasons for this are quite simple - when alone - I normally just take a stroll and when I feel hungry (or thirsty) I make a stop at the nearest bar that looks busy and take a bite there. Clearly I plan to do this during the weekend however my friends will expect at least a couple of recommendations.

We will be lunching at the famous Casa Mingo one day.

My friends are not particularly wealthy so we are not looking for high end super expensive choices.

Does anyone have any killer recommendations that will make me look good? ;-)

City centre preferred, however a Metro could be taken for an excellent local choice.
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Old 19th October 2010, 02:55 PM   #2
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... just remembered..Clearly I'll be taking them to Chocolatería San Gines for the C&C tradition.
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Old 19th October 2010, 04:51 PM   #3
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Well, there's the excellent Fanegas.
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Old 19th October 2010, 05:14 PM   #4
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Well, there's the excellent Fanegas.
Excellent indeed - just be careful how you say it!

The bar La Armonía, just across the road, does some really nice tapas and gets busy at weekends. The landlady likes to practice her English.
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Old 19th October 2010, 09:25 PM   #5
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Excellent indeed - just be careful how you say it!

The bar La Armonía, just across the road, does some really nice tapas and gets busy at weekends. The landlady likes to practice her English.
Of course - your old stamping ground. Sweet!
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Old 20th October 2010, 02:36 PM   #6
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[Hola
Mis recomendaciones son en plaza santa Ana, "Viva madrid" para tomar un vermut o por la noche a partir de las 24.00. Para tomar tapas yo iría al "Casa del abuelo" y allí comer gambas a la parrilla.
Si vais de tranquis y os gusta bailar música cubana en directo " la negra tomasa" os lo recomiendo y tomar un buen mojito.

Para cenar en la Playa Mayor un buen bocadillo de calamares , de pié en la barra de los bares pequeños en los arcos de la plaza.
Y para bailar " el viajero " Lavapies.
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My recommendations are around Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, Santa Ana.
Before lunch I´ll go to "Viva Madrid" C/ de Manuel Fernández y González 7 to try a "Vermut" or at night from 12:00 good music. If you fancy some tapas "casa del abuelo" C/ Victoria, 12 "www.lacasadelabuelo.es/
" La negra tomasa "c/ Cádiz 9, (Sol ) mohito and Cuan music.
Squid Sandwich at Playa Mayor
"el Viajero"c/Plaza de la Cebada 11, ( latina) Night Club.
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Esteemed foreros,

Despite my 20 or 30 work trips to Madrid in recent years I am still struggling with this dilemma.

In November after one of my routine work trips, a handful of Brit friends will fly over to join me to spend a weekend in the capital.

I think that I OK guiding a little around the streets and the sights, however I am a little unsure about what to recommend for choices of restaurants/bars. The reasons for this are quite simple - when alone - I normally just take a stroll and when I feel hungry (or thirsty) I make a stop at the nearest bar that looks busy and take a bite there. Clearly I plan to do this during the weekend however my friends will expect at least a couple of recommendations.

We will be lunching at the famous Casa Mingo one day.

My friends are not particularly wealthy so we are not looking for high end super expensive choices.

Does anyone have any killer recommendations that will make me look good? ;-)

City centre preferred, however a Metro could be taken for an excellent local choice.
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Old 20th October 2010, 05:33 PM   #7
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And if you are looking for some tapas right in the centre, Cervecería Alemana, in plaza Santa Ana. I went for a drink there the other day and the tapas that were coming out from the kitchen looked very appetizing, and when we looked at the prizes they looked quite reasonable.

Do NOT eat in la Plaza Mayor.
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Old 21st October 2010, 11:45 AM   #8
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And if you are looking for some tapas right in the centre, Cervecería Alemana, in plaza Santa Ana. I went for a drink there the other day and the tapas that were coming out from the kitchen looked very appetizing, and when we looked at the prizes they looked quite reasonable.

Do NOT eat in la Plaza Mayor.
Also Naturbier next door is good for food and does it's own German style beer. It's also the only non-smoking bar I know of in Madrid.
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Old 21st October 2010, 01:02 PM   #9
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And if you are looking for some tapas right in the centre, Cervecería Alemana, in plaza Santa Ana. I went for a drink there the other day and the tapas that were coming out from the kitchen looked very appetizing, and when we looked at the prizes they looked quite reasonable.

Do NOT eat in la Plaza Mayor.
I like that one too, it's very 'classic' inside, and has been around for ever - Hemmingway liked it apparently...

Don't forget my fave the Taberna Miranda! Also the newly rennovated Mercado de San Miguel seems popular these days, it's a bit 'barcelona' style now with bars and tapas and croquetta stands etc, but visitors seem to love it!
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Casa Mingo on Florida Blanca for an inormal lunch - thec will seat 30 if you book
Cider is good (Principe Pio on the Metro)
Chicken, chorizo and cabrales likewise

Casa Luis near Diego de Leon Metro (I think) one of the finest Menu del Dias I've ever had

Masceiras on Huertas (not the one round the corner off Huertas) was great

Fanegas(!) is great (with a pre jarra(s) at Bar Armonia) but it is small and busy - worth booking

Taberna Miranda great too
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Old 21st October 2010, 02:16 PM   #11
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Dont forget the empry (Estrella/BCN) bar with massive tapas n no customers!!
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Old 21st October 2010, 04:20 PM   #12
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Dont forget the empry (Estrella/BCN) bar with massive tapas n no customers!!
Where's that then?

Luis can be Googled under Marisquería Luis. Up Calle de Alonso Heredía, I believe, on the left hand side. Lovely tortilla with a caña, if I remember correctly whilst waiting for a knight to arrive.
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[QUOTE=eldeano;92933]Where's that then?

Come up huertas from the prado
Past the top of Santa ana
There's another small square
On the left is a jazz. Bar and Hostal persal
The bar is about there on the left round about the end of
Calle Venusian
Was in it with ken and swanny et al last time there was a gme
I say bcn cos it serves estrella but who knows really
Every round was a big bowl of crisps n Serrano n chorizo/fuet
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Calle venusian should have been Calle benidorm
Predictive text eh?
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Old 21st October 2010, 04:56 PM   #15
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Come up huertas from the prado
Past the top of Santa ana
There's another small square
On the left is a jazz. Bar and Hostal persal
The bar is about there on the left round about the end of
Calle Venusian
Was in it with ken and swanny et al last time there was a gme
I say bcn cos it serves estrella but who knows really
Every round was a big bowl of crisps n Serrano n chorizo/fuet
Glad you cleared that up! I was looking for Calle Estrella!
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Old 21st October 2010, 07:56 PM   #16
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Dont forget the empry (Estrella/BCN) bar with massive tapas n no customers!!
It was after 3am......!

Oh and it was San Miguel not Estrella (unless SM is called Estrella - but surely that would be confusing due to cinco estrallas)

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I like that one too, it's very 'classic' inside, and has been around for ever - Hemmingway liked it apparently...

Don't forget my fave the Taberna Miranda! Also the newly rennovated Mercado de San Miguel seems popular these days, it's a bit 'barcelona' style now with bars and tapas and croquetta stands etc, but visitors seem to love it!
Must admit that I was thinking Miranda - I've been back twice since and ordered the risotto con setas both times.

Not been in the Mercado - good choice for visitors - thanks.
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Old 22nd October 2010, 11:29 AM   #18
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Must admit that I was thinking Miranda - I've been back twice since and ordered the risotto con setas both times.
Yes, a lovely risotto. Plus the delicious huevos rotos con bacalao and champiñones rellenos.
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Oh and it was San Miguel not Estrella (unless SM is called Estrella - but surely that would be confusing due to cinco estrallas)
You're probably right it all got abit blurry after the "helper" unplugged the harp player at the blues bar at the after party party...It was after 3am......!
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Old 23rd October 2010, 11:17 PM   #20
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I agree about the drifting about bit...I love that way of travelling. You never know what you come across. So Ken go with the flow. But in order to fill you books up with places to head for then I will add this place too. It is near Opera it is called Taberna Real Plaza Isabel II. Website here.
We do not get much in the way of foreign food here in the sticks of Galicia so we also went to the Thai restaurant at Bangkok Thai Restaurant on the Calle del Arenal, 15. (No website). I found it through streetview.
I liked the Market at the Mercado de San Miguel, but we would never eat there. We, like a lot of other tourist had our DSLR out snapping away. So if you do not want your photo taken then stay away. Yes I sort of felt guilty afterwards. The Calle Cava de San Miguel and all the bars along it, are far more worth your while.
I was going to suggest another bar but I cannot find the details at present, hopefully I will find it later.
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