Café

El Diario de Huertas

Outside El Diario de Huertas, Calle de Las Huertas, 69, Madrid, Spain
The opulent statue inside El Diario de Huertas, Calle de Las Huertas, 69, Madrid, Spain
The Pintxos at opulent El Diario de Huertas, Calle de Las Huertas, 69, Madrid, Spain
The bar at El Diario de Huertas in Calle de Las Huertas, 69, Madrid, Spain

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. This is traditional Spanish fair for a decent price in a bar that has been here since 1879 even if it has obviously gone through many renovations in that time.

The ceiling of the bar is decorated with newspapers paying homage to the name of the bar and at the entrance is a round table with a large Greek statue. Despite this opulent touch the rest of the bar is quite simple with modern and old touches mixed a little haphazardly.

Calle de Las Huertas, 69
28014 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 914 29 28 00

Terral

The sign outside the Terral bar in Calle de Santa Isabel, 14, Madrid
Outside of the Terral bar in Calle de Santa Isabel, 14, Madrid
Artwork at the Terral bar in Calle de Santa Isabel, 14, Madrid
The bar at the Terral bar in Calle de Santa Isabel, 14, 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.

They hold many events from concerts to art exhibitions which are advertised on a large chalkboard in the main bar. They play a nice collection of rock, nothing too heavy and during the summer it feels very airy and relaxed with all the windows open.

Calle de Santa Isabel, 14
28012 Madrid Madrid
Spain

Bar Automático

Outside Bar Automático, Calle de Argumosa, 17, Madird
The bar at Bar Automático. Calle de Argumosa, 17, Madird
The terrace at Bar Automático, Calle de Argumosa, 17, Madird
Bar Automático, Calle de Argumosa, 17, Madird

This is one of the better bars along the tree lined Calle de Argumosa which in itself is full of bars. Some would be put off by the smurf blue interior but with the cool paintings and Caribbean feel I rather like it. If it’s just too much for you, you can always sit out on the terrace and watch the people go by.

The food is very reasonably priced and a little different from the typical Spanish bars. For instance English speakers would usually expect to see the Mexican chilli con carne available in Spain but this is the first place I’ve seen it. It was pretty good too.

Calle de Argumosa, 17
28012 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 915 30 99 21

La Inquilina

Oustide La Inquilina, Calle Ave María, 39, Madrid
The bar at La Inquilina, Calle Ave María, 39, Madrid
The bar at La Inquilina, Calle Ave María, 39, Madrid
La Inquilina, Calle Ave María, 39, Madrid

This is a great looking bar which is pretty large for Madrid especially in Lavapiés. There is a small street terrace and three rooms. The front main room is where the long wooden bar is situated. The first of the back rooms is fairly large and a nice place to grab a table if the front bar is full. The third room is very small and a little bit dismal being more of a passage way to get to the toilets.

The walls are lined with art exhibitions so there is usually something new to see and they often play a nice mix of blues.

Calle Ave María, 39
28012 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 914 68 25 33

Zombie Bar

Zombie Bar in Malasaña, Calle del Pez, 7, Madrid
The bar at the Zombie Bar in Malasaña, Calle del Pez, 7, Madrid
Inside the Zombie Bar in Malasaña, Calle del Pez, 7, Madrid
Ronald McDonald head at the Zombie Bar in Malasaña, Calle del Pez, 7, Madrid

This bar is something unique in an area more known for bars with vintage furniture. The place looks home made by a bunch of skaters. The bar is fashioned from chipboard and you can hang your coat on the hangers made from skateboard wheels. I especially like the old arcade machine and the huge Ronald McDonald's head staring down at you.

They do pretty decent burgers and cocktails. If you want a laugh ask for the name of the free WiFi, it seems to discourage the neighbours stealing it.

Calle del Pez, 7
28004 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 910 11 19 52

Lolina Vintage Café

Outside Lolina Vintage Café, Calle del Espíritu Santo, 9, Madrid
Inside Lolina Vintage Café Calle del Espíritu Santo, 9, Madrid
The bar at Lolina Vintage Café Calle del Espíritu Santo, 9, Madrid
Downstairs at Lolina Vintage Café Calle del Espíritu Santo, 9, Madrid

Walking into Lolina feels like being transported to a 70s sitcom. The vintage style is laid on thick. The patterned wallpaper alone is worth the visit. I recommend going to the bar yourself to get a drink otherwise you’ll be waiting forever. The tables and chairs do get a bit crowded so you’ll find yourself squeezing passed people to get to the bar at the back.

During the summer they have large windows that open out onto the street. The winter can get a little cold but downstairs there are a few seats on the same vintage theme. Things are a little less crowded down there so if you want some intimacy it’s the place to head.

Regarding the food I’m a bit more into ribs and wings than quiche and cake but what they do have they do well and it’s not too pricy. They also have free wifi but only during the week.

Calle del Espíritu Santo, 9
28004 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 667 20 11 69

La Tita Rivera

Cheesy sign for La Tita Rivera Calle de Pérez Galdós, 4, Madrid, Spain
The bar at La Tita Rivera Calle de Pérez Galdós, 4, Madrid, Spain
The terrace at La Tita Rivera Calle de Pérez Galdós, 4, Madrid, Spain
The terrace at La Tita Rivera Calle de Pérez Galdós, 4, Madrid, Spain

Don't be fooled by the cheesy sign outside. This is definitely not a German themed beer garden. It's a modern clean bar come restaurant. The best part is the terrace at the back. A wooden decked oasis in the heart of Madrid.

La Tita Rivera has a couple of beers on tap even a darker one which is rare in this town. They serve pretty decent food even if it's a tad over priced for the portions.

Calle de Pérez Galdós, 4
28004 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 915 22 18 90

Picnic

Outside the Picnic bar, Calle Minas, 1, Madrid
Upstairs in the Picnic bar, Calle Minas, 1, Madrid
Bar taps in the Picnic bar, Calle Minas, 1, Madrid
Downstairs in the Picnic bar, Calle Minas, 1, Madrid
Neon sign inn the Picnic bar, Calle Minas, 1, Madrid
Decorations in the Picnic bar, Calle Minas, 1, Madrid

A comfortable relaxed bar with friendly staff. The top bar has a few tables and chairs next to the windows but is largely taken up by the bar. The decoration is a little kitsch but in a good way. For instance, the beer taps are pretty cool.

The bottom bar actually has a bar but I've always had to go upstairs for a beer. There are a few tables and couches down here and it's the best place to come if you want a little privacy. Very occasionally they'll also have live music.

Calle Minas, 1
28004 Madrid Madrid
Spain

El 2D

View of El 2D from Plaza Dos de Mayo, Calle Velarde, 24, Madrid
Inside El 2D, Calle Velarde, 24, Madrid
Inside El 2D, Calle Velarde, 24, Madrid
The terrace of 2D, Calle Velarde, 24, Madrid

This is an old bar located on Plaza Dos de Mayo. With its smoke stained walls and old fixtures this place hasn’t really changed since the 70s. The real beauty of this bar is not actually inside. The terrace on Dos de Mayo is a prime spot to pass an afternoon drinking tinto de veranos on a hot summer’s day.

Calle Velarde, 24
28015 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 914 48 64 72

La Realidad

Bar La Realidad, Malasaña, Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 51, Madird
The bar at La Realidad, Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 51, Madird
The bar at La Realidad, Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 51, Madird
Seats at the window, at La Realidad, Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 51, Madird

A young hip crowd and relaxed atmosphere. La Realidad specialises in Gin tonic which is a bit of a fad in Madrid. With every bar trying to out do it's neighbour this place holds it's own. One of the things I like most about this bar is that it is constantly changing. The wallpaper alone always seems to be filled with new graffiti or the latest art.

The front has a U-shaped bar dividing the front room in two. Hanging off the bar itself are little books of "micro-poetry". The decoration is interesting in that every seat or chair is different. For instance the back bar is filled with tiny seats. Who knows, maybe there was a local nursery school closing and La Realidad got the tables and chairs cheap.

Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 51
28004 Madrid Madrid
Spain

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