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Bar Museo Chicote, Madrid

Bar Museo Chicote, Madrid

When looking at your list of places to visit in Madrid, don't be misled by Museo Chicote on Gran Vía – it's not a museum, but rather Madrid's classic cocktail bar. During the Spanish Civil War, Chicote was a favorite meeting place for the foreign press, with Hemingway as one of its most regular patrons. The bar has kept its authentic 1930s style but has added modern lighting, modern acoustics, a dance floor, and some of the top Spanish DJs to entertain you into the small hours.

The walls are festooned with the great and famous who have (perhaps) sipped refreshing cocktails in the heat of the Spanish summer nights. Here you can see – apart from the famous Ernest – photos of Dalí, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra, and Orson Welles, among others. If Ava Gardener ever frequented the place, you would have a hard time proving she didn't – a well-positioned photo suggests that she did; but in these days of airbrushing software, who really knows?

There's no doubt the bar is aimed at tourists, but even so, it's a civilized and calm place to stop in for a preprandial cocktail. You won't find a lot of hipster-inspired drinks, but you also won't find any artificial juices, mixers, extracts, or additives. Each classic cocktail is crafted by hand with extreme, almost obsessive care, and served just at the right temperature.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1pm–3am; Sun: 1pm–1am; Kitchen: 1–4pm / 8–11pm

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Sight Name: Bar Museo Chicote
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Disco/Nightclub
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