‘Vinos, finos, cervezas, refrescos y café’. The words etched on the decorative facade say everything about its slant. This bar-slash-eatery, in Las Letras, has been on the scene since 1856. Today, Argentinian mixologist Diego Cabera – of Salmón Gurú, No.22 on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 – is responsible for its ethos, combining the key tenants of a Spanish tapas joint with a rip-roaring cocktail bar out back. Its design – featuring plenty of woodwork and azulejos tiles – riffs on a classic taverna, spliced with rich, modern furnishings and nods to the speakeasy heyday. A soundtrack of Roaring Twenties tunes, tango and jazz provide the backdrop to gin-based classics like Media Combinación – sipped by the likes of Salvador Dalí and Ava Gardener here back in the day – Campari-forward twists on aperitivo and top-drawer vermouths. On the food front, contemporary tapas dishes globe trot their way to your table.
- Average price per cocktail $11
- Lunch and dinner: Weds – Sun
- +34 916 05 97 74
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Calle de Manuel Fernández y González, 7, Centro, Madrid, 28014 Madrid