If you happen to ask about a secret restaurant or a secret terrace, Madrid locals will take you to Casa Granada. You have to press the buzzer, wait to be buzzed in and then take an old elevator inside a residential building to the sixth floor to reach the boisterous atmosphere and slim terrace with a view of Tirso de Molina. As an American, it feels like a dead ringer for a 1920s speakeasy, but on the roof and with a view instead of in a basement.
A friend recently said he heard about a more upscale secret terrace in Callao, so of course I was determined to get to the bottom of it! After some sleuthing, I turned up the terrace at Vincci Capitol. It reminds me of The Roof with its sweeping views of Madrid’s rooftops, the cocktail menu and lounge chairs. It isn’t as fancy as The Roof and there’s no music, but it’s calm up there and perfect for sipping a quiet, relaxed cocktail with a great view of Madrid.
In theory the terrace is supposed to be for hotel guests only, but people in the know (and that now includes you, my friend!) are welcome to order drinks or food on the 1st floor and then have them brought to you on the terrace, where you’re welcome to lounge and soak in the view for as long as you want.