When you are in Spain you need to go to one of many locals. This one is very nice. This is a Guinness pub, but you can drink here too spanish beer. I like Mahu - this is very light beer. And you can eat there tapas or tortilla or another great specialite de la meson.
I like the mosaic walls in spanish locals. They are really beautiful.
Dress Code: I think this is not importand.
To begin your night, If you want to go to a well known Madrid bar that foreigners AND Spanish people go, try Espana Cani. (The name means something like the worst of Spain, haha) They serve cheap sangria by the picher and if you go really early they have tapas. I?ve heard they have a good Salmorejo. The music is sort of Spanish pop. Its in Huertas so there are lots of other bars around to continue to afterwards. Its small and can get crowded but its a good place to meet people. And the feeling is very Spanish.
Dress Code: No dress code, but people who go out in Huertas don't wear sneakers (unless they are foreign) because later you may want to get into some bars and clubs that don?t allow them.
We wanted to go to a quaint place to eat some tapas and enjoy some music. Fortunately we meet an American girl who had lived in Madrid for a few years and was back for a visit. She showed us a quiet little spot just off the Plaza Mayor. The tapa bars were in caves (called "cuevas") under the buildings. We walked in a random one (because I liked the door) and found ourselves to be nearly the only patrons. Soon a table of Spaniards walked in and a musician. My friend told the musician that I loved to dance and he solicited some of the few men in the place to give me a whirl. An older man pulled me to the floor and soon my table of four girls were dancing on the floor with the local patrons. What an experience! Later, our server told me that we were the first tourists he had seen in years. Interesting!
This classical tapas bar in the center (close to Puerta del Sol) offers as speciality a delicious sweet wine and tasty shrimps.
Sonia (Charade) introduced it to me in the last VT Meeting (9th May 2003).
One of the best things to do in Madrid and all around Spain is Tapas Hopping. Just stroll from bar to bar and enjoy some of the local tapas specialities with a drink. I was lucky enough to meet some local VT friends who showed me around. So we were at various places like: Riazor, Casa Antonio, El Cuchi, Las Bravas, El Abuelo and we ended up at Cafe del Teatro Espanol.
*Photo by SirRichard*
This Mexican bar has become lately in one of my favorite in Malasaña neighborhood (the trendiest quarter in Madrid). It always amazes the number and diversity of people that can join together in this small, charming and always packed bar. The selection of Mexican beers is excellent, as well as the music (Latin rhythms), but the attribute that gives this place its unique identity is the colorful decoration; and incredible tribute to the Mexican Santeria (candles, Virgins, altars)...
Summarizing: A bar with strong personality. Exactly my type of bar. ;-)
Dress Code: Completely open. Just dress as you are.
Located in Old Madrid below Plaza Mayor, Casa Antonio had a very cozy feel. The place was full of tables packed closely together with people socializing and having a great time. We spent about an hour here getting to know each other a little better.
Casa Antonio is one of those typical old taverns of Madrid, where you can have some wines/beers and some "tapas" too.
In front of the entrance you can see a sign saying "No Coke or Soft Drinks served"...
Founded in 1880.
There are hundreds of tapas, which vary by region, such as serrano ham, olives, "calamari" (fried squid rings), cheese, tortillas and "albondigas" (Spanish meatballs). In the northern regions, including the Basque Country, it is usually 'pintxos', small pieces of bread topped with all kinds of different ingredients (fish, meat, vegetarian or a combination of the above).
Tortilla de patatas (potato omelette)
Pinchos (small sandwiches)
Aioli (garlic oil preparation used as a sauce for calamari, prawns, ...)
Albondigas (meatballs in tomato sauce)
Chorizo al vino (chorizo marinated in wine)
Calamari (fried squid rings)
Stuffed and fried mushrooms
Patatas bravas (fried potatoes in spicy tomato sauce)
Morcilla (blood sausage)
Pimientos de Padrón (small pepper / pepper type)
Cola de toro (bull's tail)
Named for the date that began the Spanish War of Independence, this square is not only a great place to take in some history but is also a popular square with locals full of lively bars, clubs and terrazas.
Here you will find cafés of all sorts, from those that allow you to bring your own food to those that serve fuller fare, such as the delightful Pizzería Maravillas which serves interesting and piping hot mini pizzas (I liked the one with whole green olives on it).
The prices are generally cheaper here than the much more tourist filled Plaza Mayor and the crowd much more mixed. The outdoor seating fills up fast so don't be shy. Grab a table, settle in, and order a Tinto Verano.
This is the only microbrewery in Madrid and is located in the heart of Plaza Santa Ana. There serve and brew a variety of ales and lager so if you can't find any beer that you do not like - well there's something wrong with you :)
On the ground floor, there is a typical bar and tapas scene.
Down in the basement cellar level you can even serve your own beer from the taps at your table. How convenient!
During the warmer months, there are outdoor seating looking out into the plaza.
On my latest trip to Madrid (February 2003), I met with VTers la beba (Glenda), SirRichard (Joaquin), agarcia (Alfredo), Ariadne555 (Maria), sonny (Juan Antonio), Petite_Prince (Daniel), Sonia, and Andrew. We spent a great night going to different tapas bars. We started here at El Cuchi just behind Plaza Mayor and enjoyed some beers and good conversation.
I went to Cave Baja this past September and it is great fun. I stopped at several tapas bars and enjoyed the local ambiance.
La Chata, with a Beautifully Tiled exterior attracts you instantly, was especially good for price and free appetizers. I only ordered wine 1.25 E. and nice free side plates of Calamari, olives, peanuts, and good conversation with an English Fluent bar man from Romania came with every glass of wine.. No loss of interaction and some fun attempts to speak Spanish with the Madrids.
It is a great street to enjoy and I did. I hope to return in 2010.
Dress Code: Wear your casual evening clothing.
El Tigre on c/Infantas (Metro: Gran Via or Chueca). The bar is tiny and you have to practically wade through tissues, toothpicks and cigarette butts on the floor to get to the bar - but it's worth it. Very cheap, especially for Madrid. This tapas bar is all that is Madrid. The people, the laid back atmosphere, the tapas, and of course the beer. This is one place I recommend if you have friends visiting from home. It is a little place to drink, eat some tapas, and get used to Spainish people, culture and language. El Tigre seemed very welcoming and open to people of any sort. The tapas are good, the beer is descent, and above all prices are very reasonable considering you are in Madird. I highly recommend to start a night or two here and then head to the clubs, you will not regret it.
Dress Code: Forget about it, see some of the pics and see how people are dressed. Very Very laid back dress code.
La Latina and Lavapiés are rapidly becoming Madrid’s most multicultural neighbourhoods, and young artists are also moving in to add to the mix, bringing trendy bars, cafés and vintage clothes stores in their wake. The Sunday morning flea market El Rastro is a classic: follow it in true Madrileño style with a tapas crawl around the local bars.
Dress Code: Casual