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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
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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


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
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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

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 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
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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

Café Manuela

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Stacked to the rafters with board games, Café Manuela has been a hive of activity since the Movida days. Its handsome art nouveau decor and conveniently...

C/San Vicente Ferrer 29
Tags: Bar

Casa Antonio

Bars & pubs

Originally founded in 1870, the much-loved Casa Antonio, which faces out on to the Plaza de la Puerta Cerrada, is one of the oldest vermut bars in Madrid.

C/Latoneros 10
Tags: Bar

Castellana 8

Bars & pubs, Clubs, Restaurants & cafés

Known as Jazzanova until recently, Castellana 8 remains a supremely smooth bar-restaurant-club, its black walls softened by clever uplighting, orange velvet...

Paseo de la Castellana 8

Cervecería Alemana

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Famous for being Ernest Hemingway's daily haunt (his table, should you be wondering, is the one in the near right-hand corner). The decor is fin-de-siècle...

Plaza Santa Ana 6

Cervecería Santa Ana

Bars & pubs

Another on this strip of beerhouses (the most exotic brew on offer here is Guinness), this one was never frequented by Hemingway and is consequently...

Plaza Santa Ana 10
Tags: Bar
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