Pajaritos Mojados is not a very big venue, but it has a warm atmosphere where you can enjoy nachos, hummus served with sweet potato, drinks, homemade tapas, wines and vegan ales. The first thing that catches the eye upon entering the place is its ambiance; the dim light and low music invites patrons to enjoy succulent meats complemented with wines and other spirits.
Calle Humilladero, 3, Madrid, Spain, +34 912 218 889
Descending a few steps into this little tapas bar, customers are greeted with a warm, comfortable setting of tables for two or four customers at the Majareta bar. The huevos noches with black sausage chips is a particularly well-loved tapas dish here. Marjareta is a good choice for a light snack and drink whilst exploring the wonders of the La Latina neighborhood. The decoration features beautiful art, reminiscent of the white towns of southern Spain.
Calle Del Almendro 18, Madrid, Spain, +34 619 24 34 99
Debonair La Latina
Debonair La Latina is a bar located in front of the Basilica of San Francisco, the meeting point for the ‘pure and fun’ neighborhood of La Latina. There are two different aspects to this venue; the Debonair restaurant, with a terrace and excellent views of the Basilica during lunches and dinners, and the Debonair bar, where customers enjoy their tapas, wine and cocktail menu. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant and head to the bar to finish your evening in this lively neighborhood.
Carrera de San Francisco, 15, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 68 68 45
Visit this gin bar for tasty seafood tapas and drinks in sunny La Latina. Mar & Ola offer a wide range of delectable tapas at a reasonable price. Try the razor clams and steak strips, which come in generous portion sizes. Before you know it, you’ll be drinking one of their delicious cocktails and chatting to their friendly staff.
Calle Almendro, 25, Madrid, Spain, +34 910 11 69 66
In the neighborhood of La Latina, the Taberna Aranda has a clean, bright, and modern look and is decorated with Marilyn Monroe themed wallpaper. The front room has a bar and high tables, while the back room features tables and chairs perfect for a sit down meal.
Calle Almendro 22, Madrid, Spain, +34 912 59 62 50
La Forja Cerveceria
If are you desperate to sit down for a beer and have some tapas in the afternoon, then go to La Forja Cerveceria where the service is just as good as the food. Prices are cheap for the quality and quantity they serve. The beef burgers are particularly delicious at the bar, and a main delicacy known internationally in Spanish cuisine, the jamon (ham) is also a popular choice.
Calle Toledo, 51, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 66 32 79
Taberna Lamiak, on La Latina’s most popular street, La Cava Baja, boasts brick walls, tiny stools, a great wine list and delicious food. They serve some of the tastiest tostas (open sandwiches) and pintxos in the city, and they cost less than two euros each. Try highly recommended tapas dishes, such as the goat’s cheese with caramelized onions and tomato, duck and raisin empanada, pork tenderloin with onions cooked in a port wine sauce, and the Iberian-cured ham with tomato. There are also plenty of vegetarian options here too, such as roasted vegetables, smoked salmon, cod and hummus.
Calle Cava Baja, 42, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 65 52 12
Marula Café, near Plaza de la Paja, features live DJs mixing tunes until dawn. In summer, the crowd spills out onto the street in this rather secret corner of old Madrid under the viaduct. If you can get a street-side table here, hang on to it.
Calle Caños Viejos, 3, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 66 15 96
La Taberna Chica
La Taberna Chica has raised the bar when it comes to cocktail making. It is a great place to order both natural and fruit cocktails and to enjoy good music in a pleasant atmosphere. Most visitors who come to this narrow little bar are after one thing – the famous Santa Teresa rum that comes served in an extra-large mug. The music is very relaxed in the lounge, which makes it an ideal pit stop if you’re hoping for conversation.
Costanilla de San Pedro, 7, Madrid, Spain, +34 683 26 91 14
Barrio Alto is a great bar for a snack and a few beers or after-dinner cocktails. The music covers a wide range of genres and is played at just the right volume so you can easily make conversation. It’s hidden away down a side street, so although it’s always busy, it’s not quite as teeming with people as some of the other bars in La Latina, which can be a bit much at weekends. The bar serves typical cafe-style food, like paninis, but what you really go here for are the gin and tonics.
Calle Humilladero, 16, Madrid, Spain, +34 691 77 08 72