24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid!

Posted by: MadridMan

24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 12/29/08 11:59 AM

Join me and a number of others at 8pm Saturday evening, 24 January 2009, for a night out on the town in Madrid. We'll have eating, drinking, and.... whatever!

Who'll be there there? ME and some of my Spanish friends.

Who's Welcome? Anyone living in Madrid, visiting Madrid, Message Board & Facebook members, or just anyone who'd like to come along.

What'll we do? We'll start once again at the famed El Brillante for the first couple of hours and possibly move on from there.

This is the first evening-time "Party with MadridMan" in about a year so I hope the turn-out will encourage to make the outing a more regular thing.

We have a month to plan & discuss the details but the date is set for 24 January 2009. Hope to see you there! Start discussing!

The Facebook event can be viewed by Facebook users at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=62813960968

Saludos, MadridMan cheers

Posted by: Mongo

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 12/30/08 02:55 AM

Thanks MadridMan for the post. By some cosmic coincidence, I will be in Madrid at that time. wink

My two cents would be to start somewhere around Sol to be able to quickly move from place to place sampling "the classics". Gambas at El Abuelo, bereneja at Casa Toni, orejas at...La Oreja, mussels at La Ria, La Tosta (a Steve Robinson favorite!), bunuelos at Casa Labra, esparagos at Vina P, etc, etc, etc. There are so many choices and I like to move!

MadridMan-They have a good bocadillo de calamares at Bar Sol y Mayor which would lead us to Torre de Oro in Plaza Mayor for their great bullfight photos. There is also a great Asturian taberna near Mayor (I'll post the address after arrival in January) that has cider and cabrales. Also, don't forget Chocolateria San Gines!

Just some random thoughts...
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 12/30/08 04:09 AM

Hi Mongo! Wow! That IS a cosmic coincidence that you'll be in town at that time. hehehe..

And you have some good suggestions about where to go. But places like "El Abuelo", "Casa Labra", and "Torre de Oro" are all very good - but very small places. If we have more than 5 people it'd be impossible to wedge anyone else inside if there are (and there will be) other patrons. What would we do if we had 50 people show up for the party and 40 of them had to stand outside in the January cold? Of course, we're not likely to have anywhere close to 50 people, but for that reason, among others, I mentioned "El Brillante" because they have a big space in the middle.

I remember a couple times our large groups left El Brillante in search of other places and found it nearly impossible to get all of us inside because the places were already too crowded. I can already guess/calculate we'll have a minimum 10 persons. You know how small "Torre de Oro" is on the Plaza Mayor. If you put 10 people in there the bar is full. Add 8-10 patrons there upon our arrival and we have a problem. To "tapear" is something best done in groups of 2 to 5 maximum.

(and now Mongo groans.... wink "Oh god. What have I committed myself to?")

Saludos, MadridMan
Posted by: La Sorpresa

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 12/31/08 12:38 PM

Be sure to take pictures and, grinmost importantly, tell us what you EAT!
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 12/31/08 12:45 PM

Hehehe.. You can be SURE of that, sparkalina. thumbsup Wish you could be there!!!

Saludos, MadridMan
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/03/09 11:02 AM

So far we have about 4 message board members and 1 non-message board member intending to attend.

Anyone else? Remember, NON-message board members are allowed to attend as well.

Saludos, MadridMan
Posted by: replay

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/03/09 06:15 PM

Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/04/09 05:24 AM

I'll be there for sure !

Steve
Posted by: Silver Traveler

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/04/09 04:46 PM

Maybe one in March, say the 14th maybe, as well!!
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/05/09 03:04 AM

Does anyone have suggestions for bars with space and, preferably, not too loud so we can talk without shouting? Sitting down is always nice too, but I know this is a rarity for bars in Spain.

El Brillante (next to Atocha) is always a popular choice for me because the space is large, there's no music so you can talk easily, and the tapas and drinks are cheap.

Saludos, MadridMan
Posted by: Valenciano_en_Madrid

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/05/09 01:02 PM

Hi! Happy new year to everyone!

I will be pleased to attend this fiesta. It will be very nice to meet you again my friends.

See you soon.
Posted by: Mongo

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/08/09 12:36 AM

I was perusing some old posts and came across one by Steve Robinson about La Tosta on c/Victoria. La Tosta It seems he was there with 12 people and was accommodated nicely.

Any opinions Steve? I am a big fan of La Tosta!
Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/08/09 06:13 AM

Yes , I was there celebrating the birthday of a friend from the British Embassy .. We were downstairs and had a big table .. So much food ! Some say the best Sangria in Madrid .. And the staff were wonderful !

By the way , looking forward to seeingyou Damian ! It's been a long time ! Steve
Posted by: Valenciano_en_Madrid

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/08/09 05:19 PM

Hi Steve! How are you?
Yes, I didn't post for a long time. I've been very sad lately, my mom died last October at the age of 66, it was cancer. So sad.

Ok, let's have some fun next 24th.

See you guys
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/12/09 06:02 AM

Hi everyone! I've also posted the "event" on Facebook for those people whom are "Friends" but not message board members. Some are both.

The Facebook event can be viewed by Facebook users at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=62813960968
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/16/09 03:12 PM

It's coming up fast! One week from tomorrow night will be the next installment of "Party with MadridMan in Madrid". cheers

Whether you come for 2 hours or 30 minutes, I can guarantee you some lively discussion, meeting new people - including a good number of Spaniards - cheap-and-good food and beer/wine at our meeting point at El Brillante. I know this place isn't popular with many people but the smaller venues are usually too crowded and/or noisy for our getting-to-know-you sessions. We might move on to those other places later, though.

Other Parties - with photos included in most threads:



Saludos, MadridMan cheers
Posted by: jazz

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/16/09 04:04 PM

We meet, wiht beers and wine.

See you next week
Posted by: pedmar

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/17/09 01:23 PM

ohh man i dont have anything for January, booked solid here at work. too bad, it seems no luck in meeting you guys. never say die thus, will keep trying. Have a good time and report back on the get together ::)
Posted by: jazz

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/17/09 03:30 PM

Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/18/09 02:56 PM

Posted by: billy the man

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/20/09 02:44 AM

to everybody who is attending the MadridMan party, im so sorry i cannot be with you on saturday, and i hope you all have a great time and meet some great people, enjoy food and wine and beer good company what more could you ask, i hope the weather is kind and you can sit on the terrace soaking up the atmosphere, at around 8.30pm i shall be in Manchester and i shall raise a glass to you all thinking of your great night
HAVE A FANTASTIC EVENING EVERYBODY thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
I hope to make a get together someday
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/20/09 03:30 AM

Too bad you can't make it, billy the man. We'll have a toast (or several) in your honor. And I don't expect El Brillante even has their terraza arranged outside because it's too cold - and they're not the "type" wink to place those energy-wasting gas-heater lamps around for their clients, either.

Hope you can make it to the next one, billy the man. Or, at least, give me a heads-up the next time you do come to Madrid and maybe we can arrange one around you as we've done this time for member Mongo's visit.

Saludos, MadridMan
Posted by: aussieflyer

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/22/09 04:34 PM

Greetings MadridMan and fellow contributors / attendees. May I suggest that as Australia Day falls on the 26th January. You may consider it appropriate to drink a toast, " to the land downunder "
Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/22/09 10:02 PM

Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/23/09 03:07 PM

Tomorrow night's the big night! See some of you there at 8pm! Looking forward to the gathering, chatting, meeting new people, and, of course, eating CALAMARES!!! Mmmm.... Cheers, everbody!

Saludos, MadridMan cheers
Posted by: jazz

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/23/09 04:45 PM

Tomorrow a good dinner. !!!FANTASTIC!!!8 pm El brillante(Atocha)
Posted by: SRedw

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/23/09 07:56 PM

I will be there a little after 8pm. I work until 7:30pm. Can't wait to meet new people.

Shawn
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/24/09 05:56 AM

Hi Shawn and jazz! Looking forward to seeing you both. We'll surely be there until 10pm (at least) so come when you can.

Saludos, MadridMan
Posted by: la historiadora

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/24/09 09:20 AM

Have a wonderful time tonight everyone! I wish I could be there. I had so much fun meeting people from the board during my trip to Madrid in July. Salud! Cheers! grin
Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/24/09 09:56 AM

Posted by: Yankaluz

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/24/09 01:34 PM

I'm SO envious!!!

All I can say right now is Buen provecho!
Posted by: la historiadora

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/24/09 06:04 PM

Thanks Steve! It's hard to believe that was already six months ago. Sigh! I don't think I'll be back this year, unfortunately, but you never know. I wasn't planning on it in 2008 and I made it over there! Hope you all had a great time tonight.
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/24/09 08:20 PM

Posted by: laduque

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/24/09 09:15 PM

Wow! Sounds like a great time was had by all! Wish I could've been to this one...Will have to wait till next Christmas in lieu of our annual summer jaunt.

MM, please post photos! Miss you guys....Steve Robinson, la historiadora, MM, esperanza...can't wait to see you all again one day!

Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/25/09 11:49 AM

Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/25/09 11:53 AM

Posted by: sallyanne

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/26/09 08:44 AM

I am sorry i missed it - i was at home in bed being ill!!!
Posted by: Valenciano_en_Madrid

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/26/09 11:46 AM

Hi!!!
I had a great time with the MM members and friends. A huge group of people of many different nacionalities, really friendly people.
Thank you all, guys and girls (I hope more girls will join us next time, there were lots of gorgeus men available, hahaha).
See you soon.
Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/26/09 02:16 PM

Yeah we need more women .... ( Not for me hahahaha! ) But to make the balance . Steve
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/26/09 02:34 PM

I too hope more women will join in the next time. We were supposed to have 2 more (who RSVP's) but they didn't show up.

But there were several very-well-dressed guys there, excluding myself, that is.

steve robinson, have those photos uploaded, do you? Have a good trip tomorrow!

Saludos, MadridMan
Posted by: jazz

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/26/09 03:02 PM

Posted by: MadridMan

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/27/09 04:13 PM

Posted by: gazpacho

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/28/09 11:12 PM

Lest I'm mistaken, I see a couple of Philippina girls in the background. God bless them, they sure like getting their pictures taken.

Last time I was there, I noticed there is still a large community of Philippinos in Madrid.
Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/29/09 11:42 AM

Posted by: gazpacho

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/29/09 12:34 PM

Yes Steve,

I married my Philippina wife in Torrejon de Ardoz and am quite familiar with the Philippino community in Madrid. It makes me happy every time I return to Spain to still see it. When I visited in 1999, I attended the independence day party, June 12, I believe. And we always visit friends that we remember from 1977-1980. Some married to Spaniards, some still plodding along on their own. The only downside to the Spanish/Philippino ralationship is the tragic stories I hear from them when they become entangled in the Spanish justice system.

I maintain a close relation with the Philippino community here in Michigan, and one of the priest of my church is a good friend and a Philippino. They are a delightful people, no matter where you contact them in this world.

I just find it amusing to see a couple of Philippinas in a MadridMan eek (oops...almost did the small 'm' thing) gathering. Speaking from personal experience, anyone would be quite fortunate to marry one.
Posted by: steve robinson

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 01/29/09 05:22 PM

Posted by: Mongo

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 02/08/09 04:26 PM

Some would say the pixels are an improvement, but permission is granted.
Posted by: pedmar

Re: 24 Jan.'09: Party with MadridMan in Madrid! - 02/17/09 06:26 PM

wow sorry i missed it, it looks fantastic those photos. darn it, well as the saying goes, it will be next time ::)