La Catrina is a little Mexican dive bar in Malasaña. The outside gives you a taste of what you’ll expect inside. The door is adorned with a large art motif of a Mexican skull and the sign to the bar is a human heart. I've heard talk about this place being a restaurant but don’t be fooled. They might serve food but this place is a bar, through and through.
On entering the bar the theme is clear; kitsch Mexican. Some places hold back but not La Catrina, it’s like the interior decorating was done by a 6 year old from Tijuana. There are toys on every shelf possible, everything from the typical “Lucha Libre” Mexican wrestlers to Homer Simpsons figurines. La Catrina doesn't stop at toys, all sorts of Mexican memorabilia such as skulls, virgins and other religious tat can be found here.
As for the food, I've read good things about it but I've never tried it. There’s a little room in the back with tables where people generally go to eat. I've never taken a seat there either. As I mentioned earlier, for me this is just a great Mexican dive bar. A place to drink micheladas and margaritas or if you’re so inclined grab yourself a bottle of tequila.