5 hottest bars in Madrid
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Buddha del Mar
Open late for worship
If Buddha wasn’t into partying when he was alive, he sure is now. This Asian-inspired club, with its 260 Buddha statues, is seriously glitzy, attracting celebs like Beckham and Jagger. It’s one of the capital’s biggest party spots, and hosts a night club, lounge and restaurant under one roof. Incense-tinted air gives it an exotic feel as does the thousands of candles and teak wood tables. There are even large Balinese beds for the early crowd to lounge around on!
Ctra de la Coruña
Iconic Madrid bar
This drinking den (not a museum, as its name suggests) is the Spanish capital’s most famous cocktail bar. Now a favourite amongst the beautiful set, it has in its many decades of existence hosted prostitutes, the Civil War foreign press, 1950s stars like Sinatra and Hemingway and artists and creative types from around the world. It’s still extremely popular, with music provided by some of the city’s top DJ’s. Don’t miss it!
Gran Vía, 12
Tel: 91-532-6737 www.museo-chicote.com
Tel: 91 420 29 06 www.grupo-kapital.com
Seven floors to heaven
Feeling energetic? It’s time for Kapital, Madrid's mega nightclub, with its seven floors of party space. There’s something for everybody, with floors dedicated to house music, pop, disco, salsa, hip-hop, karaoke, chill-out bars and, yes, even room to breathe up top, with open-air billiards. Check out what’s happening online as the club often has theme nights, even an early evening session for teenagers. The rest should dress to impress!
Calle de Atocha, 125
Tel: +34 917 445 400 www.hoteles-silken.com/en/hotels/puerta-america-
When architects dream…
Normally it’s Barcelona which gets the architectural kudos, but this bar is something else! Located in the Hotel Puerta America (think 12 floors designed by 12 different architects), Marmo boasts a bar counter made from a single slab of white marble, whose dimensions and weight meant that it was the first part of the hotel to be installed, even before the façade. There’s also an open air terrace to take in Madrid, with drinks galore for the stylish set.
Puerta America Hotel, Avenida de América 41
Tel: 911 429 800 www.bar1917.com/en/home
1917 Blinis & Vodka
Czarist luxury and a revolutionary atmosphere
Not surprisingly, comrade, the house specialities here are blinis and vodka. Lots of them - and in large portions too! It’s a great place for a stiff drink (59 different vodkas) and a cosy chat with your sweetheart. The décor is uber-romantic, all red and black satin, with elegant jazz in the background. Go easy on the booze, the tots are very generous, or at least soak up the ethanol with a few caviar blinis! Nostrovya
Calle de la Independencia, 1