For a proper night out in Madrid, start in the secluded, 10,000-square-foot garden of the Palacio de los Duques
, a tranquil oasis in the old city, for one of its signature cocktails based on Spanish painter Diego Velázquez’s baroque masterpieces. Try the “El Triunfo de Baco” (based on The Feast of Bacchus
, or simply The Drunkards
, which depicts the ancient god among scruffy boozers on a Spanish street), made with dark rum, passion fruit, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and pineapple juice; the “Venus en el Espejo” (The Rokeby Venus
), made with vodka, cranberry juice, red berries, basil, and lime cordial; or, with flavors fit for the seventeenth-century king Velázquez frequently painted, the Felipe IV, made with gin, cava, elderflower liqueur, tangerine syrup, and lime juice.
From there, if you’re in the mood for live music, head to La Coquette Blues Bar for soulful tunes or Café Central Madrid
for jazz. Another option is Medias Puri
, a raucous discoteca
fitted with a live performance space that has locals buzzing well into the daytime hours. For a classy night out, the Arts Club
in the upscale Salamanca neighborhood is the
place to see and be seen. “The night in Madrid is long, so moderation is key to keeping up,” Irurita advises.