The Café Berlin Club in Madrid has been a live music venue loved by many since the 50s, when it opened as a haven for fans of jazz music at a time when older generations preferred classical music and younger generations were more into rock and folk. It has continued this legacy for almost seventy years, embracing local and up and coming artists and providing a venue where fans of less appreciated genres can meet up and enjoy their favourite tunes together.
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Today it is still known for live music, from DJ performances from local and international artists, to small artists and live bands. Whether you show up on a DJ night or a live music night, the variety of sounds is amazing: soul and funk, jazz and swing, flamenco, house, Latin, R&B... Basically everything but mainstream top 40s music is going to be playing at this fantastic nightclub for indie music.
In 2016 the venue was remodelled, casting off its old-fashioned furnishings and slightly stuffy interior for fresh decor that still embraces comfort and cosiness, but with a bit of a more modern, fresh, and open twist. Some of their traditional 70s features have been retained, successfully marrying the new Café Berlin nightclub with its history. They have also really opened up the dance floor, giving guests plenty of room to rock out, or to get up close to the stage when their favourite artists are performing.
What is more, they offer a variety of other performances to excite the senses. Theatrical shows, stand-up comedy nights, cabaret, dancing, and much more have been seen inside this unique Madrid club.
Headliners are typically on around 11pm, but they can be on as early as 9, depending on the night and what the line up is looking like. Besides, even some of the smaller bands and DJs can be absolutely amazing, so make sure to see what events they have on the night you will be attending.
The two full bars at the Café Berlin nightclub serve a wide range of cocktails, from all the classics to a range of their own speciality blends, all mixed by their expert bartender and mixologist. They also provide plenty of different flavours and vintages of wines, as well as full bottles of all the big name brands of hard liquors, and bundles are available for groups if needed.
It only accommodates 250-300 people, making it a bit of a tight squeeze when there is a great night going on, or as it gets later and busier. Although they open almost every single night, many people become regulars, always eager to see the new, fresh performances. And with some of the best indie and small acts in Madrid, it isn't surprising that visitors are also excited to show up and have some drinks, dance, and enjoy the show.
For the above reasons it is definitely recommended to reserve a table, so that you can make sure you will get in. If you get on the guest list, even better. And do not worry too much about dress code. Smart casual is a great look for this artsy little club.