All Bars in Madrid
This is a hip bar on the very top of Lavapiés. As the owners advertise it is a mix of many things: a bar, an ecological restaurant and an area of “free” art. In fact its walls are lined with art of various types from a Reservoir Dogs mural to a huge portrait of an old man.
As the “tx” in the name suggests this is a Basque tapas bar specialising in that region’s “pintxos”. The place is standing room only and even then you’ll have to fight to get a place at the bar.
A very rustic old fashioned Spanish bar that has been around forever. A little bit touristy but they do good cider and food from Galicia. It’s a good place to stop off when making the journey from La Latina to Malasaña.
This is a tapas bar with a large selection of tapas but not your fancy pants kind that you’ll find in some of the more modern Basque bars.
A small bar that is absolutely reaming to the brim with tat, but nonetheless good. Already the entrance beckons you with blue and green neon lights but when you enter: lamps, chandeliers, disco balls, pictures, photos and mirrors every inch of this bar is filled with something.
A nice little tapas bar with extremely bizarre furnishings. From the street lamp post in the middle of the bar, to the skeleton mural and the bull fighting paraphernalia, everything is a little out of place but at the same time; we are in Spain.
Normally I wouldn’t dream of recommending a Karaoke bar but I was convinced to go in and I have to say it’s worth a mention. It was set up in the 80’s and I don’t think it has changed one bit. When you first walk in you spot a vintage sofa that’s dressed up like the back of a 50’s Chevrolet.
Looking for an oasis in the middle of the city? The Arabic decoration, cushions and low couches makes this is a great place to chill out and relax. They used to even put sand on the ground but I’m kind of glad they stopped.
This is a great little Mexican bar at the top of Lavapiés. Strangely, in Lavapiés it is pretty hard to find a good place for Mexican food. (There are probably 100 Indian places though).
Named after the pro-soviet American dancer Isadora Duncan, this bar is a little more sophisticated than most in Malasaña. It is an old fashioned bar that still seems relevant and modern today.