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Things we love:

- Madrileño bartenders aren’t sticklers for the rules when it comes to serving size – serves are epic.

- Botellón – that’s drinking in public plazas for those who don’t know. Not strictly legal, but we like it, as does everybody else. Summer party vibes.

- Bar hopping like the locals. The game seems to be how many bars can you hit in one night out.

- Tinto de verano is THE best summer drink. Think sangria but fresher and tastier.

Things we wish we’d known:

- When it comes to traditional Spanish places, the amount of napkins on the floor is a great measuring tool: the dirtier the floor, the better the place.

- Leave the high heels at home. There’s a whole lotta cobblestone in this town.

- Spaniards take bank holidays seriously, and by seriously we mean they shut up shop and party hard. Stock up on essentials and find yourself a fiesta.

Best bars in Madrid
Best bars in Madrid
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1862 Dry Bar
1862 Dry Bar

For those who’ve had enough Gin & Tonics there’s 1862, a bar for the cocktail connoisseurs. You won’t find Mojitos here, or any other sort of girly, fruity drink for that matter, but that’s not what you came here for Read More

Azotea del Circulo de Bellas Artes
Azotea del Circulo de Bellas Artes

Most definitely a place that should be part of any Madrid visit. Located at the top of a beautiful Art Deco gallery in one of the prettiest areas in the city, this rooftop terrace offers some of the best views Read More

Bar Cock
Bar Cock

If it was good enough for Spanish royalty in its heyday, then we can totally roll with it. Plus, George Clooney drinks here when he’ s in town, nuff said – right? Located just a block away from Gran Via, Le Read More

Bristol Bar
Bristol Bar

You’ll find this quaint British (big-up!) inspired bar in one of the largest Madrileño business and shopping districts, not far away from the ‘Colon’ metro station. The classic décor gives the place an air of sophistication, and with the plush Read More

Casa Mingo
Casa Mingo

If you happen to be in the neighbourhood and looking for an elegant and sophisticated place for a romantic evening, do a huge U-turn because this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for an authentic Read More

Del Diego
Del Diego

This is the classy gent of the Madrid bar scene. Well-respected by all, a bit old fashioned and certainly traditional, it has earned its stripes. It may not be breaking any new trends, but this is an all-round classic, and Read More

Estado Puro
Estado Puro

If you’re in the Retiro area, perhaps on a Museum crawl or doing the tourist thang, punctuate the culture with a quick pit-stop; this is the ideal place to drink some wine, grab a bite and gather the strength to Read More

Fabrica Maravillas
Fabrica Maravillas

This sexy little microbrewery is the new cool kid in town and unlike most beer places it’s surprisingly popular with the chicas (thank us later). Hot young locals and tourists gather here and we can see why. The space is bright, Read More

Gau & Café
Gau & Café

This is not the kind of place you’d expect to find in Lavapiés which is known for being an ethnic melting pot with a bohemian atmosphere and an eclectic mix of cuisines. This rooftop terrace sits on top of the ruins Read More

Gin Club (Mercado de la Reina)
Gin Club (Mercado de la Reina)

This is a good place to hole up when it’s super hot or super cold or actually any time you just fancy dousing yourself in mother’s ruin. This was one of the pioneers of the gin boom in Madrid. Located right Read More

Glass Bar at the Urban Hotel
Glass Bar at the Urban Hotel

Located conveniently centrally, this is a great bar to have under your belt. Take us on a date here and we’d totally get our knickers off later. It’s super stylish with lots of swank. Think hard, glossy surfaces, lots of Read More

Gymage Terraza Lounge
Gymage Terraza Lounge

This unusual rooftop is located on top of a gym in down-town Madrid, and unless you know it’s there you’ll never find it. Unfortunately, all the locals seem to have discovered this hidden gem already and it can get jam-packed Read More

Kikekeller
Kikekeller

Furniture shop by day and cool clandestine bar by night, Kikekeller’s party alter ego is just as unexpected as it is great. It may look like any normal furniture boutique, but from Thursday to Saturday, you can walk through the door Read More

La Ardosa
La Ardosa

La Ardosa has been around for over a century, and it’s famous for its Vermouth on tap (respect) and Czech beer. This traditional Spanish tavern is the kind of joint where the number of used napkins on the floor can Read More

La Bicicleta Café
La Bicicleta Café

These days, the ultimate hipster accessory is the fixie, so it was only a matter of time before bars sprung up to cater to these thirsty riders. Located in the heart of Malasaña, La Bicicleta Café was the first to crop Read More

La Terraza de San Anton
La Terraza de San Anton

One of my favorite spots to visit after a hard but much deserved Sunday shopping session. Located in Chueca, at the top of San Anton market, you can peruse and make your way up through the three storeys filled with Read More

Luzi Bombón
Luzi Bombón

From the moment you walk into this place you’ll know you’re in safe hands of the professional sort. Even though it’s more of a restaurant than a drinking establishment, there’s no problem just rocking up for a cocktail or two Read More

Martinez
Martinez

Named after the popular classic, the Martínez can both make and serve classics without breaking a sweat. However, if you’re looking to try something new there is definitely more fun to be had exploring their list of original drinks: they Read More

Mür Café
Mür Café

Part café, part bar, anywhere that serves us cake by day and cocktails by night has our vote. And hey, who says you can’t have carrot cake with your Gin Fizz? We did. Inspired by all things British, the basement level Read More

Platea Madrid
Platea Madrid

What’s better than a bar? Answer: three bars under one roof, alongside a tons of gourmet food counters in the fanciest food court Madrid has ever seen. Forget the mall, this former grand old cinema boasts six Michelin stars. This is a Read More

Ramses
Ramses

A gastronomic space composed of a bistro, a fine dining restaurant and a bar. Glam up if you want to play here; sugar-daddies, jet setters and go-getters frequent this place and you don’t want to look clueless by turning up Read More

Taberna Almendro 13
Taberna Almendro 13

If you’re looking for an authentic Spanish tapas bar in La Latina then this is your man. Stroll down Almendro Street and hit Taberna Almendro. With heaps of character this place is covered in traditional Spanish wall tiles. Sit at one Read More

The Balcony
The Balcony

Hello Hawaii! A swanky lounge area, a buzzing bar, some seriously decent tiki cocktails, this is definitely the most fun you can have in Madrid without taking your clothes off… unless you want to hit the pool of course. Be greeted Read More

The Gin Room
The Gin Room

Madrid is having a bit of a gin moment. Gin bars are popping up all over the place and everyone is suddenly knocking back that oh-so-English spirit. But hell, we’re English and we’re running with it. The Gin Room is the Read More