Raise a Glass at Some of Madrid's Best Bars

While not everyone knows your name when you walk into a Madrid bar, the city’s watering holes have a friendly, intimate appeal that suggests they might. So whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxed and civilized drink with good conversation, warm up before hitting a raging dance club, sample a few quality Spanish wines or simply tuck into some of that Madrid nightlife you’ve been hearing so much about, Madrid’s bars are great places to get more familiar with this friendly city. As locals tend to entertain their friends in cafes and bars instead of their homes, here you’ll see lots of groups and couples out and about having a good time at all hours. While cocktails in this city typically follow standard international prices, local wines and beers are practically as cheap as bottled water. Consider that just one more reason to embark on a Madrid bar crawl! Then at the end of the night, taxis are easily hailed from street corners throughout the city. 

Castellana Ocho
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This super smooth bar, restaurant and club (previously known as Jazzanova) has to be one of the slickest places to listen to some mellow jazz sounds in Madrid. With uplit black walls, burnt-umber velvet cushions to lounge on and excellent...  Read More

Vinoteca Barbechera


Located in the quaint Plaza de Santa Ana, this relatively inexpensive, yet sophisticated wine bar is the perfect place to sample over 300 different Spanish wines over gourmet tapas. Try the foie gras or any of their fresh cheeses along with your...  Read More



Yet another haunt of the indefatigable Hemingway, Chicote is now a favorite with Madrid's beautiful people and the huge local gay scene. One of the city's finest cocktail bars, it sports a 1940s and '50s Spanish d�cor, and attracts great...  Read More



This former theater is now a trendy bar, café and restaurant. Teatriz, formerly El Teatro Beatriz, combines avant-garde design and traditional architecture to create an artsy and eclectic ambience. The site houses two bars, one cozy and snug...  Read More



Located near the Royal Palace, "The Old King of Wines" bar opened in 1909 and has not changed much since. Inside are interesting photographs of Madrid at the turn of the century. Venture beyond standard tapas to sweet vermouth from the barrel,...  Read More



1917 Blinis & Vodka is a good place to go for a stiff drink and intimate conversation with your love interest. At the small but rather romantic restaurant and bar you'll find a classy red and black interior, dim lights and good jazz classics...  Read More

Chueca & Malasaña
La Vía Láctea


A legend born of Madrid's cultural revolution from the 1970s and 1980s, La V�a L�ctea has been playing rock and roll and punk ever since and still serves up a hip nightlife scene for the local twentysomethings. With the DJ on the...  Read More



The Roof is a cool, upscale rooftop bar with the best views in the city and is perfect for enjoying a cocktail or two in a chill out atmosphere. International DJs are also occasionally featured at The Roof. If you want the best seat in the...  Read More

Chueca & Malasaña


Areia Colonial Chillout manages to combine the personality of a fun Caribbean beach bar, a seductive Moroccan tent and a laid-back Madrid lounge. In short, it's an excellent place to drink and mingle in central Madrid. During the day you can...  Read More

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If you fancy a good cocktail, then Guau is your destination. With a New York Art Deco style setting and jazz music in the background, this classic cocktail bar offers up all the cocktails and mixed drinks you know and love like the gin and...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah