This 1904 beer hall was such a favourite of Hemingway’s that he had his own table in prime position – in the window overlooking the beautiful Plaza Santa Ana. Today, there is a photograph of the writer hanging above his old favoured seat, so you can sit at the same table where Hemingway enjoyed a beer.
Plaza Sta. Ana, 6, Madrid, Spain +34 914 29 70 33
Little has changed in this sherry bar since the days of the Civil War, when Hemingway would pop by to hear the latest news from the Republican soldiers who frequented the bar. The rules established at that time, such as no tipping (Republicans saw themselves all as equal workers) and no photographs (in case you were a Fascist spy), remain in place to this day. Tabs are still written in chalk on the bar and the sherry is stored in huge, wooden barrels.
Calle Echegaray, 7, Madrid, Spain +34 914 29 73 13
Hemingway frequented this cocktail bar, supposedly Spain’s first, throughout the 1930s when it was a popular haunt with foreign journalists. Later, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardener would mix with the most famous bullfighters of the day in the cosy booths of this Madrid institution.
Gran Vía, 12, Madrid, Spain +34 915 32 67 37
This former slaughterhouse is today a thriving arts and cultural centre, but back when a young Hemingway visited Madrid he liked to hang out at the slaughterhouse in the early mornings. He would watch the apprentice bullfighters practise killing and the old women who would stand in line to drink the blood, which supposedly had nutritious qualities.
Paseo de la Chopera, 14, Madrid, Spain +34 915 17 73 09