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Alhambra/El Buscón

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Typically Spanish tapas bars by day, these two adjacent eateries assume a whole new identity come the weekend as DJs play a mix of everything from new...

C/Victoria 5 & 9
Free

Ángel Sierra

Bars & pubs

This battered old bar with its tiled walls, zinc bar top, overflowing sink and glasses stacked on wooden slats has become the Chueca meeting-place par...

C/Gravina 11
Tags: Bar

Areia

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Once an Irish bar, Areia has been transformed beyond recognition into a chill-out space that has all the angles covered: by day it's somewhere to get lunch...

C/Hortaleza 92

Atenas

Bars & pubs, Clubs

A super-cool terraza set in its own small park. The plentiful tables in the front bar are filled by midnight and the overflow swells on to the surrounding...

C/Segovia & C/Cuesta de la Vega
Free

Balmoral

Bars & pubs

A very surreal place, probably unique in Spain as drinking experiences go. If Balmoral Castle had a cocktail bar, it would look something like this, with...

C/Hermosilla 10

Bar Cock

Bars & pubs

A former brothel, Bar Cock is pricey and very stagey, furnished in what Spaniards think to be the style of an 'English pub' (red-velvet curtains, embossed...

C/Reina 16
Tags: Bar

Bar El 2 De

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

This is the emblematic Malasaña hang-out, packed at weekends and drowsily mellow in the afternoons, with a tiled bar and engraved mirrors, nicotine-stained...

C/Velarde 24

Bar San Lorenzo

Bars & pubs

Also known as Taurino or, more commonly, 'that bar on Salitre', the San Lorenzo has no sign. Stained-glass windows and furniture that could have been found...

C/Salitre 38

Bash

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Wednesday is firmly established as hip hop night in Madrid, and judging by the turnout these clubs get, Thursdays must see a massive drop in Madrid's...

Plaza Callao 4

Black & White

Bars & pubs, Clubs

The grubby upstairs bar is a hit with cocky latino rent boys and their older prospective patrons and plays host to some of the best cabaret shows in town....

C/Libertad 34

Café Acuarela

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

By day a quiet, mixed haven to duck into and catch your breath: curl up with a book and sample one of the teas. After sundown, sip a cocktail, sink into a...

C/Gravina 10

Café Antik

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Featuring cosy, mismatched-on-purpose furniture and bold-coloured walls, this small haunt would be unremarkable if not for one thing - silence. Just a...

C/Hortaleza 4

Café Comercial

Bars & pubs

Still the classic Madrid bar, with its original battered brown leather seats, revolving doors and marbled walls. A nod to the modern age comes in the shape...

Glorieta de Bilbao 7

Café del Nuncio

Bars & pubs

Often frequented by three golden labradors, the best pavement tables for a Sunday vermouth are at Café del Nuncio.

C/Nuncio 12
Tags: Bar

Café Isadora

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

An elegant shrine to Isadora Duncan, with a chequered floor, marble-topped tables and an eerie collection of prints of 'that scarf', alongside frequently...

C/Divino Pastor 14
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