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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

El Bonanno

Outside El Bonanno bar in La Latino, Plaza del Humilladero, 4, Madrid, Spain
Inside El Bonanno bar, Plaza del Humilladero, 4, Madrid, Spain
The bar at El Bonanno, Plaza del Humilladero, 4, Madrid, Spain
Inside El Bonanno, Plaza del Humilladero, 4, Madrid, Spain

Most of this small bar is taken up by the bar itself. This has the advantage of it always being easy to get a spot at the bar. Even if you don't there's a ledge going around the walls of the bar so there's always somewhere to put your beer.

You enter in either of the two entrances which are divided by the U-shaped bar. As you walk in you go down a set of stairs giving a good view of the whole bar. Order a small beer and you'll get a small tapas.

Plaza del Humilladero, 4
28005 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 913 66 68 86

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

La Candelita

La Candelita bar, Calle del Barquillo, 30, Madrid
The bar at La Candelita, Calle del Barquillo, 30, Madrid
Front bar at La Candelita, Calle del Barquillo, 30, Madrid
Window seats at La Candelita, Calle del Barquillo, 30, Madrid

A latin bar that serves all the best of Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. Very tropical feel without being in any way tacky. Try a Pisco Sour, they come in a bit of a small glass for my liking but they pack a punch.

The front has a long bar to the left and high tables on the right. Next to the windows are low couches with a coffee table. There are large ceiling fans throughout the bar.

At the back is a restaurant with dining tables. The only complaint I have is that like all good Latin Americans they love to keep the air conditioning on max.

Calle del Barquillo, 30
28004 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 915 23 85 53

Lamiak

Inside Lamiak bar in La Latina, Calle Cava Baja, 42, Madrid
Inside Lamiak having a drink, Calle Cava Baja, 42, Madrid

A great place with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Unpretentious with simple decoration but a lively atmosphere. Great for a few beers and tapas any day of the week.

This is one of quite a few basque tapas places in La Latina but there are a few tables and chairs in here so if your lucky you could get a seat probably during the week is your best bet.

Lamiak has a sister bar with the same name in Lavapiés.

Calle Cava Baja, 42
28005 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 913 65 52 12

Windguru

Inside Windguru, Calle Cebada, 9, Madrid
A shark on the wall at Windguru, Calle Cebada, 9, Madrid
Inside Windguru, Calle Cebada, 9, Madrid
Inside Windguru, Calle Cebada, 9, Madrid

A bar with a surfing theme. Fitting as we are 350km from the nearest beach. A young drunken crowd means this place is always fun.

You'll have to stand as there are only a few stools scattered around the bar. Everything is the surfing theme from the videos they play to the wave painted walls. The dimly lit bar is pretty small and usually pretty busy so be prepared to push a few folk out of the way to get to the bar.

Calle Cebada, 9
28005 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 629 22 88 60

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

Mercado San Antón

Outside the Mercado San Antón, Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24, Madrid, Spain
The terrace at Mercado San Antón. Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24, Madrid, Spain
The terrace at Mercado San Antón. Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24, Madrid, Spain
Tapas at Mercado San Antón Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24, Madrid, Spain

This is a newly refurbished market that was built on the success of the Mercado de San Miguel. It differs from the more famous Mercado de San Miguel because it is a new building with a clean and trendy touch as opposed to the traditional market in the city centre.

There is a terrace bar at the top which is surprisingly not too expensive considering the clientele and the area. On the second floor there are many stalls serving tapas of all types. Again the prices are not as high as you would have thought from the look of the place.

Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24
28004 Madrid Madrid
Spain
+34 913 300 730

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