Best Bars in Madrid

Best Bars in Madrid

Madrid, the third largest city in Western Europe, is packed with an eclectic mix of bars that offer a scene for every style. In Spain’s Capital city, alcohol flows without end. Just take a walk down the streets of this vibrant city, and it seems as if every other building is a café or bar offering tinto de verano, a wine cocktail, or Mahou, the local beer. From traditional Spanish tapas and flamenco dancing to local beers and posh cocktails, the Madrid bar scene has plenty to keep you drinking late into the night. Follow this guide to hit the best bars in Madrid, and before long you’ll become one of the “los gatos,” (cats) and live for the night much like a true Madrileño.
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1. Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco

Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco
For the most authentic Flamenco in Madrid, visit Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco. So much more than dancing, this Spanish folk art is an intricate mixture of guitar playing, singing, and of course, heart-pounding dance moves. While the Andalucia region is more known for Flamenco than Madrid, many of the art’s greatest perform here to make a raw statement about the future of their gypsy craft. Show admission includes a drink. Entry to the bar with limited views of the stage is free.
Where to find it:
Calle de Echegaray, 15, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 913690757

Working Hours:
16:30pm-12:00pm

http://cardamomo.es/en/

2. Cerveceria Alemana

Cerveceria Alemana
The oldest cerveceria in Madrid, this bar has been serving world class beer since 1904. With classic wood panels and bow-tie clad waiters, a stop here is a step back in time. This bar was even a favorite for Ernest Hemingway when he lived in Spain. Enjoy one of the widest selections of Spanish beers in the city or try other beers from around the world.
Where to find it:
Plaza de Santa Ana, 6, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 914297033

Working Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11:00am-12:30am
Fri,Sat: 11:00am-02:00am

http://www.cerveceriaalemana.com/

3. Las Cuevas de Sésamo

Las Cuevas de Sésamo
Wander down winding steps and enter a cozy cave that serves the best sangria in Madrid. The atmosphere is filled with piano music and sounds of chatter. Popular with writers and artists since the 1950’s, the walls are covered with contemporary paintings and quotations that will help get the creative juices flowing, especially after a few glasses of sangria.
Where to find it:
Calle del Príncipe, 7, 28012, Madrid, Spain

Phone: 914296524

Working Hours:
Mon,Thu,Sun: 06:00pm-02:00am
Fri,Sat: 06:00pm-02:30am

4. O' Neill's

O' Neill's
Swap travel stories with fellow English speakers in a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Madrid. Here American football and basketball games are broadcasted along with European football matches. With two floors, there’s plenty of space to cheer for one of your favorite teams with a feisty crowd of new friends.
Where to find it:
Calle del Príncipe, 12, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 915212030

Working Hours:
Mon-Wed: 04:00pm-01:00am
Thu: 04:00pm-02:00am
Fri: 04:00pm-03:30am
Sat: 01:00pm-03:30am
Sun: 01:00pm-01:00am

http://www.oneills.es

5. Mi Madre Era una Groupie

Mi Madre Era una Groupie
If the name isn’t enough to draw you in, the indie and oldie music and two levels for dancing certainly should. Beer is cheap and music is free at this hipster hangout, it is also great for people watching. Local DJs will help you discover new tunes – a much more memorable souvenir than that keychain you picked up in Puerta del Sol.
Where to find it:
Calle Santa Polonia, 5, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 911234567

Working Hours:
Thu: 10:00pm-03:00am
Fri,Sat: 10:00pm-03:30am

6. Taberna Lamiak

Taberna Lamiak
Taberna Lamiak is located on the popular Calle de la Cava Baja in the La Latina neighborhood, a street well known for tapas. During La Movida Madrileña, a counterculture movement in the late 1970’s and 80’s, this place was frequented by artists and musicians. Today it is a popular stop for tapas crawlers and known for its excellent selection of wine.
Where to find it:
Calle Cava Baja, 42, 28005, Madrid, Spain

Phone: 913655212

Working Hours:
Mon-Thu: 01:00pm-02:00am
Fri,Sat: 01:00pm-02:30am

http://www.lamiak.net

7. La Potente

La Potente
Head to the terrace at La Potente for a mid-day drink session on Sundays and listen to old Spanish music. This bar is located in the La Latina neighborhood, the oldest in Madrid, with charming narrow streets and fabulous tapas. La Potente opens earlier than most bars in the district and is an excellent location to begin a tapas crawl.
Where to find it:
Cava Baja, 42, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 913659342

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 06:00pm-02:00am

8. Anjelika Cinema Lounge Café

Anjelika Cinema Lounge Café
Enjoy a drink while you browse a selection of DVDs for rent or watch a popular film that is projected on large screens around the bar. Home to the young intellectual scene in Madrid, it’s easy to strike up conversation with the film fanatics who frequent this bar. Film screenings and cinema debates are also held here.
Where to find it:
Calle Cava Baja, 24, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 913645531

Working Hours:
Mon-Wed: 06:00pm-01:00am
Thu: 06:00pm-02:00am
Fri: 04:00pm-02:30am
Sat: 01:00pm-02:30am
Sun: 01:00pm-11:00pm

http://www.angelika.es/

9. El Tigre

El Tigre
With low prices and a heaping plate of fresh tapas included with every drink, El Tigre is a great place to start a night out in Madrid. On the edge of Malasaña, a creative neighborhood that is the center of the counterculture movement in Madrid, this local watering hole has a young, hip crowd and vibrant energy. Drink up and dig your fork into the patatas bravas and croquettes.
Where to find it:
Calle de las Infantas, 30, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 915320072

Working Hours:
Tue-Thu: 11:00am-12:30am
Fri: 11:00am-12:00am
Sat: 01:00pm-02:30am

10. Casa Julio

Casa Julio
It is widely agreed upon that the best Croquetas, a traditional Spanish tapa of fried dough stuffed with cheese and meat, are found at Casa Julio. In fact, the croquetas are so good at this cozy bar that U2’s Bono makes this joint a regular stop on his visits to Madrid.
Where to find it:
Calle Madera, 37, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 915227274

Working Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11:00am-03:00pm; 06:00pm-11:00pm

11. La Tita Rivera

La Tita Rivera
La Tita Rivera is the definition of “Superguay,” the Madrileños slang term for super cool. The outdoor terrace in back is so filled with trees and plants it’s easy to forget you’re in the trendy Cheuca district near the city center. Try one of the “latitas,” traditional wine cocktails canned with a custom twist.
Where to find it:
Calle de Pérez Galdós, 4, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 915221890

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 10:30am-01:00am

http://www.latitarivera.com/en/

12. Siroco

Siroco
Part longue, part concert venue, Siroco is the place to go for live rock music in Madrid. The vibrant atmosphere will carry you to the dance floor whether you are listening to a live acoustic jam session or renowned DJ. The robust cocktail menu offers classic oldies and new concoctions that are sure to make waves.
Where to find it:
Calle de San Dimas, 5, Bajo, 28015 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 915933070

Working Hours:
Tue-Fri: 09:00pm-05:30am
Sat: 09:00pm-12:00am
Sun,Mon: Closed

http://www.siroco.es

13. La Vía Láctea

La Vía Láctea
Between 1936 and 1975, dictator Francisco Franco ruled Spain. Following his death, democracy was restored and La Movida Madrileña, vibrant artistic and ideological movement ensured. La Vía Láctea was one of the birthplaces of this movement, and has served guests for more than 30 years. With two floors and countless bars, you’re never far away from a drink or eclectic rock.
Where to find it:
Calle de Velarde, 18 28004 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 914467581

Working Hours:
Mon-Thu: 08:00pm-03:00am
Fri: 08:00pm-03:30am
Sat: 07:00pm-03:30am
Sun: 08:00pm-03:00am

14. Madrid Me Mata

Madrid Me Mata
Translation: Madrid Kills Me. Part museum, part bar, this establishement plays tribute to La Movida Madrileña, a counterculture movement in the late 1970’s and 80’s. The bar was named after a popular magazine published during this time period that helped forge a new common identity for madrileños. Grab a beer and scour the walls to learn more about this movement that pathed the way for modern nightlife in Madrid.
Where to find it:
Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 31, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Working Hours:
Mon-Tue: 09:00pm-03:00am
Fri: 08:00pm-03:30am
Sat: 07:00pm-03:30am
Sun: 09:00pm-03:00am

http://www.madridmemata.es

15. LL Bar

LL Bar
The party is always pumping at LL, a small disco in Cheuca, the gay and lesbian community of Madrid. The intimate environment and dance floors make it easy to mingle with locals and the nightly drag queen improv comedy shows keep the laughs flowing, almost more than the liquor. Entry is free.
Where to find it:
Calle de Pelayo, 11, 28004 Madrid, Spain ‎

Phone: 915233121

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 06:00pm-05:30am

16. Chapandaz

Chapandaz
The interior of this bar is themed like a cave, complete with stalagmites and dim lighting. Since 1971 patrons have been lining up for the famed “leche de pantera,” pather’s milk, a crème based drink that is served from the stalagmites. This bar is especially popular with the college crowd and is near one of Madrid’s largest universities.
Where to find it:
Calle de Fernando el Católico, 77, 28015 Madrid, Spain

Phone: 915492968

Working Hours:
Sun-Thu: 01:00pm-03:00am
Fri-Sat: 01:00pm-03:30am

http://www.chapandaz.com/

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