Welcome to Madrid's most alternative neighbourhood! There is something for everyone on its streets. From the plaza Dos de Mayo, the neighbourhood's nerve centre, stem the calles Daoíz and Velarde which commemorate the uprisings of 1808. And from there, the calles San Vicente Ferrer, La Plama and the maze of narrow streets crowd together and play host to one of the areas with the most colourful and vibrant nightlife. You can still feel the atmosphere that the1980s and its movida madrileña left behind in this neighbourhood. Nowadays it is a mixture of urban cultures, but above all a mixture of music, a lot of music. At dusk, take a seat on one of the terraces on Dos de Mayo or the Plaza de San Illdefonso and enjoy a few beers and snacks. At night the area is swarming with people. All of the area's bars and pubs are exceedingly original and you'll never find two the same. But if you want to visit a legendary eighties establishment, La Vía Láctea (c/ Velarde, 18) is still open. This is a disco frequented by artists such as Alaska and Los Secretos that today is still a regular haunt for national artists.
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