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Enjoy Toasts Like No Other in Madrid

Amidst pretty-faced flamenco dancers and historical landmarks, Madrid has a lot to offer to tourists. Given that the capital Spain remains to be a top notch summer destination, expect that the downtown areas would be swarming with bars and pubs.

Bars in Madrid
Bars in Madrid

Note that nightlife in Madrid can be quite distinct as compared to its neighbouring European nations. The place may have a big bar culture to boot, but the locals refrain from drinking until they drop. Most of the patrons would order a glass or two of liquor and eat tapas as they go. This is why above the drinks, tapas is a staple item on the menu of the bars.

Some of the Bars are offering Free Tapas
Some of the Bars are offering Free Tapas

Many bars are also built mostly for chilling out on weekend afternoons. Most hangout places cater to visitors who are out to enjoy music and flamenco shows. You can therefore expect that a visit at a bar in Madrid will be laidback and relaxed.

Restaurante Quevedo

About 5 minutes walk from Sta Ana, I found this simple and unpretentious bar in the corner of Calle Quevedo. The staff is very friendly and speaks very little english but ordering your beverage is easy. What I love in this restaurant is the free tapas each time you order a drink. The drinks are affordable and the crowd is friendly. Definitely a must visit in Madrid.

Restaurante Quevedo
Restaurante Quevedo

Located at Calle Quevedo Madrid, Spain

Museo Chicote

Voted in 2004 by the MTV-Campari as the Best European Bar, there’s no reason for you to miss this out. They tout a well-encompassing list of cocktails which are actually favourites of International celebs. Frank Sinatra, Orson Wells, Ava Gardner, Lara Turnerm Yul Brynner, Gary Cooper, and Ernest Hemingway are to name a few. Still, younger generations of artists are spotted in the place. So if you want to bump into Catherine Zeta Jones, Tim Robbins, and Hugh Grant, you might order a glass of cocktail from five in the afternoon to two in the morning.

Museo Chicote Madrid
Museo Chicote Madrid

Museo Chicote is located at Gran Via, near Green Line and L5.

El Tigre

The name itself suggests fierceness, and it doesn’t disappoint. Beers and wines, along with their not-so-daunting price list, made this par famous among locals and tourists. It’s constantly boosting with good crowds and amiable atmosphere. Tapas here are on the house when punters come with their friends and order a round of drinks.

El Tigre in Chueca Madrid
Sidrería El Tigre in Chueca Madrid

El Tigre also touts wide selection of meats and cheeses on the menu. For at least €1.50, nobody will be deprived of the privilege to have a glass of world-class beer and tapas.

The bar is located at 30 Calle de las Infantas and is open daily from two in the afternoon until two in the morning.

La Corolla

Tostas with avocado eaten with ice-cold beers is this bar’s claim to fame. Customers are swarming around the place most during Sunday afternoon. While it is not a most affordable bars around town (tostas is served for €10.00), every euro spent can be well worth it.

La Corolla Madrid
la Corolla – Vinos y Tapas Madrid

La Corolla is located at around La Latina.


If it’s patatas bravas that you crave, do come to Docamar.

Docamar Madrid Patatas Bravas
Docamar Madrid Patatas Bravas

This delectable cuisine is a special tapas served with spicy potato. Combat the spices with a cool drink and you are in for an unforgettable bar hopping experience. The menu is also brimming with mouth watering accompaniments to beers – from tripe to mussels, snails and seafood.

Docamar is located at Alcala, 337.


It’s dark and inviting. It’s sumptuously deep and attractive. It’s Areia.

This bar is first noted with its distinct interior, with seating situated on the floor with traditional round table and chairs. VIPs can chill at the four poster beds located at the back of the place. Beers and other cocktails with mojitos are best served here.Remember to avoid coming here past eleven at night to avoid large volume of people waiting in long queues.

Areia Madrid
Areia Madrid

Areia is located at Caller Horteleza, 96.

There’s no bar hopping better than it is in Madrid. Bars here may not be bolstered with wild crowds moving in unison with ear-whacking music, but they each have something special to offer to the customers. Come down to Madrid and enjoy toasts like no other.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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