Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

Viva Madrid
Open both during the day and at night, it's worth arriving at this beautifully decorated bar early in order to secure a table from which to admire its tiled décor, romantic prints and vaulted ceiling.
Villa Magna
Both painfully chic and wonderfully cosmopolitan, the Villa Magna is one of the 'Leading Hotels of the World,' and its luxury facilities prove why...
URSO Hotel & Spa
Luxurious boutique hotel URSO Hotel & Spa offers a decadent urban spa, a creative dining concept and elegant guestrooms in central Madrid.
The Roof at Me
Panoramic vistas around urban Madrid and an elite and trendy crowd make this an ideal hang-out for an hedonist.
The Principal Madrid
With a rooftop terrace complete with swaying olive trees and luxurious interiors, The Principal Madrid is a luxurious hotel on Madrid’s Gran Via.
Thai Gardens
This is as authentic a Thai as you'll get in Madrid, and it has both its lush garden and the excellent service to commend it.
Teatriz
Designed by Philippe Starck, both the restaurant and its toilets are a feat in design. The bar is popular for pre- and post-dinner drinks and the food (Italian/Mediterranean) is surprisingly good value for the location.
Susan Club
New to the scene in central Madrid, Susan Club draws a mixed and sociable crowd who are incredibly animated, particularly after a few of the club's special G&Ts.
Suite
Grab one of the cream-coloured leather armchairs or sofas by the front window, and watch the mainly hetero crowd shout above the trance, funk or house music that seems to get louder and harder as the night wears on...
Restaurante El Padre
Restaurante El Padre offers international dishes and an impressively sized and selected drinks menu in Madrid’s Salamanca District.
Palacio Gaviria
Baroque grandeur is not normally a design ethos associated with clubs, but that makes a night at Palacio Gaviria all the more interesting. Come on Wednesdays for tango night or weekends for more mainstream music.
OTTO Madrid
At once a lounge, terrace, bar and restaurant, OTTO Madrid is a chic place to refuel in the Spanish capital’s fashionable Salamanca district.
Olsen
Ojala
Ojala is all about fun: those who eat downstairs will find themselves perched on cushions in a large sandpit. The waiters are hunky, customers write in chalk on the bathroom walls and everyone tucks into tasty tapas to a clubby soundtrack.
Nina
This restaurant is definitely more Manhattan than Malasaña - though the street it is on is gradually becoming more up-market. The venue attracts a relaxed and affluent crowd who come to enjoy the large selection of Mediterranean dishes on offer.
Nilo
The decor is fun (think animal prints kitsch chandeliers and bowls of champagne) and the Spanish/Mediterranean menu is surprisingly good value; go here to avoid the stuffy atmosphere of some of the more business-dominated establishments.
Mui Bar
Traditional Spanish dishes with a modern twist, this New York speakeasy inspired bar is reinventing the Madrid tapas experience. 
ME Melia
The Meliá both aims for glamour and achieves it. Even the most demanding of guests will be satisfied; the entertainment, service and location are all unbeatable.
Matilda
The most feminine restaurant in Madrid, Matilda is decorated with Robert Garver photos and fresh aromatic flowers on every table. A fusion menu has spicy Cajun sirloin steak (solomillo) and an exquisite coconut shrimp dish.
Madrilia
Madrilia provides high-quality Italian cuisine suitable for either a light lunch or a romantic dinner. Any of the pasta from the mains are recommended, with the chef particularly noted for the magret duck tagliatelle with vegetables.
Luna Mulata
A sophisticated, multi-use space. Head chef Inés Montiel has gone for fresh and imaginative creations, such as pineapple shrimp rolls or duck magret with mango.
Le Dragon
A menu crammed with traditional Chinese favourites prepared in a lighter way, and beautiful interior design adherent to feng shui. A beautiful place worthy of the attention of Salamanca's beautiful people.
Le Cabrera Cocktail & Gastrobar
Le Cabrera Cocktail & Gastrobar is a sleek and trendy joint in Madrid specialising in cocktails and tapas, with an extensive selection of spirits on offer.
Lateral
Don't think that Lateral's location right next to the super-cool Mercado de Fuencarral shopping mall means it isn't worthy of its success: on the contrary, this tapas bar, which is one of four, is well worth the visit.
Las Carboneras
Las Carboneras is run by three dancers who aim to showcase young, up-and-coming performers, fusing avant-garde style with the best of today's flamenco.
La Vieja Estacion
Head south to reach this beautiful summer-only venue. With 10 bars, a restaurant, salsa rooms and open-air dance floor, you'll never want to leave.
La Musa
The first of Madrid's restaurants to make bare, red-brick decor a vanguard fashion statement, replacing the wine tavern classics. Try the charcoal-flavoured partridge with crispy pig's ears.
La Bardemcilla
This quaint tapas bar is plastered with photos of the film family who run it: the Bardems, of Javier Bardem and Ma Bardem fame.
Kapital
If size was the only criterion, then Kapital would win Madrid's club wars. Quantity is not quite matched by quality, but despite being commercial, it's enormous fun.
Isolée
This super-stylish multi-tasking space is at once a cafe delicatessen and shop - from cutting edge fashion to CDs and magazines. Plastic at-the-ready!
Iroco
There's nothing particularly marking out this restaurant from the rest; nonetheless, it has become the place to be seen, and is therefore popular.
Hotel Urban
This über-modern hotel is particularly popular with those who appreciate art as it houses an amazing private collection generously spread around deluxe rooms and corridors, adding a spiritual element to the overnight experience.
Hotel Unico
Set back from Madrid’s “Golden Mile”, the Hotel Unico is a luxurious, serene hotel with its own gardens and a decadent two-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Hotel Quatro
Designed by one of Madrid's best, Tomás Alía, the Quo is not only central and reasonably priced, but also very stylish. The seating arrangements in the hotel's restaurant could even mean you meet some of the other guests.
Hotel de las Letras
With its literary theme and well-preserved history, this Madrid hotel has a lot to offer. From DJ sessions to the more intimate attic bar, there is something for everyone's taste - even a library.
Hakkasan
Geografic Club
Geografic is a rare find in a Barrio lacking in decent bars; it is therefore packed, helped by the delicious tapas and, for later, chocolate brownies...
El Tempranillo
A favourite of the locals as well as the odd celeb, keep an eye out for the reaction of your fellow customers to work out whether a star has just walked in. A very Spanish, rustic interior.
El Parnasillo
Take a red velvet banquette, order from the well-trained staff and see if you can take part in some of the highbrow conversation that made this café so famous during the cultural revolution.
El Jardin Secreto
Candle-lit tables and French windows provide a welcome and romantic escape from the busy Gran Via strip. An exotic, ever-changing menu includes the lunch menu inspired by the film 'Like Water for Chocolate'.

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