Oddly the food at Larios Cafe, one of Madrid’s South American restaurants, is the only reason not to go. Styled as a chic, New York restaurant/bar/club where the rather unglamorous and mediocre Cuban food doesn’t really match up. That said, it is cheap.
Still, you’re not really here for the food. The high-ceilinged restaurant/bar at Larios Cafe is something to be seen, dominated by a huge column of feathers encased in a glass pillar, and a montage of provocative fashion photos. No wonder this place is popular for premières, corporate events and fashion shoots. The immaculate waiting staff, dressed head-to-toe in black, are quick and helpful. The clientele is a mix of suited Madrilenos and more casual tourists, but all of them unashamedly hip.
There is live Latino music every night, except for Mondays. Saturday night is the busiest, when the city’s fashion set arrive late for the club downstairs. Get a taxi to your next port of call, since this isn’t the most salubrious section of the Gran Via.