Imagine you’re going to go to one of those beautiful, old-fashioned theaters that dates back to the 1940s and 50s — the main floor is large and there are two balconies and a lower level. Platea Madrid keeps some of the best aspects of that atmosphere — the use of lights, staging, color and the magic of transporting you to to different time and place. This is a great afternoon or night out. And it also has private event space!

Experience Platea Madrid:

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Foodies will appreciate the gourmet market at the main entrance where you can shop for fresh produce, meats and cheeses rather than a lobby.

If you have a passion for gastronomy in a casual environment, you’re in for a treat because several of the city’s top Michelin star chefs also operate at Platea Madrid, including Ramon Freixa, Marcos Moran, Paco Roncero and Pepe Solla.

Go inside and you’re on the main floor where your dining choices just begin. You’ll find several modern and stylish counters with a range of tapas cooked freshly to order: croquettes, seafood, kabobs, salads, sandwiches, omelets, cheeses and, of course, cured meats and hams — just to name a few of the options. There’s also a sweet zone.

Grab your order and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes at one of the bistro or pub tables that have replaced the red velvet seats.

The lower level offers a range of international options, including Mexican, Peruvian, Italian and Japanese stations. There’s also a wet bar.

One level up on the first balcony you’ll find Ramon Freixa’s Arriba (which means “up” or “upstairs”). This is a seated restaurant that offers a mix of traditional and seasonal options. The tables have their own view of the action.

The second balcony level is where you find El Palco (which means “box seats,” and that’s where you’ll be sitting — pretty cool). It’s also a great spot to enjoy specialty cocktails, watch the performance and check out the action on the main floor. It has a VIP space here that you can reserve — it’s roped off and gives you a lounge vibe.

El Club de Platea is on the top level. Enjoy a drink or a beer after a relaxed meal at any of the dining options at Platea.

Live music and dance performances are scheduled and change regularly on the stage — rock, jazz, string quartets, big band, DJs and more. It’s very international. (Check Platea Madrid’s schedule.)

Madrid is known for its restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Platea Madrid is 65,000 square feet with perhaps one of the most unique experiences you’ll find in Spain.

It’s certainly popular with the local crowd, but if you’re visiting Madrid for business and looking to enjoy some tapas, drinks and entertainment, Platea Madrid should be part of your plans.

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