The Best Bars In The Puerta Del Sol Area Of Madrid, Spain

La Casa del Abuelo
La Casa del Abuelo | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
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Puerta del Sol is one of the liveliest, most visited areas in Madrid, so it is only natural that some of the best bars in the city are located here. From tapas bars to cocktail bars, here we explore some of the best options for a drink in Puerta del Sol.

1. Vi Cool

Restaurant, Spanish

Seconds away from Puerta del Sol, Vi Cool is one of the best bars in Madrid’s city center. They serve elegant tapas that have been created by Sergi Arola, a top Michelin-starred Catalan chef, and his wife. Their patatas bravas are especially tasty, and their homemade cocas (a Catalan pastry that can be made sweet or savory) are to die for. It really is a ‘cool’ place to go, and tourists and locals alike enjoy the atmosphere of this quirky yet elegant place.

2. Malaspina

Bar

Malaspina

One of the best bars in Puerta del Sol is Malaspina, a great place to go for an informal drink and some delicious tapas. The atmosphere is authentic and the food is on point. They also have a good selection of wines, and diners who like red wine should try their Ribera del Duero. The sangria is tasty too, and comes in a jug, perfect for sharing. The value is great for the quality of the food and for the location of the tavern, which is unbeatable.

Calle de Cádiz 9, Madrid, Spain +34 915 23 40 24

3. Bar Cock

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Cocktails

Although this bar is very much on the outskirts of Puerta del Sol, it is one of the best establishments in that area. Inspired by English gentlemen’s clubs, the decor at Bar Cock is decadent and lush. Visitors can try some of their delicious cocktails, cava, beer or champagne while admiring the beautiful and exclusive locale they are in. Many famous personalities have entered its doors and sat at its tables, from Eisenhower to Frank Sinatra to Audrey Hepburn.

5. Casa Labra

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, Beer

People drinking and eating at the bar in Casa Labra
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Casa Labra is a historic tavern, known in Madrid as the site of the foundation of the PSOE political party. It also has a restaurant area, which is one of the best in Puerta del Sol. The bar serves great tapas, and visitors might have to eat standing if there is not any space left at the bar: a very traditional experience at Spanish bars. Both the drinks and the tapas menus are excellent.

6. Taberna Alhambra

Bar, Restaurant, Tapas

Madrid, Spain. La Casa del Abuelo restaurant - menu detail painted on window, customers inside
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Taberna Alhambra is a favorite with the locals, and is usually crawling with people at night. They have excellent tapas and sometimes they serve small complimentary ones when you order drinks. They also have a daily lunch menu that does the trick for a very reasonable price. The atmosphere at this bar is excellent and tourists will realize why it is so popular as soon as they enter.

7. La Casa del Abuelo

Restaurant, Bar, Tapas

This bar has been around for so long that it has become a landmark in the Puerta del Sol area. The menu is based around different shrimp and king prawn recipes, with their specialty being the gambas al ajillo, shrimp with garlic, olive oil and pepper. La Casa del Abuelo also serves other typical Spanish tapas, such as patatas bravas, morcilla and Spanish ham, so those who are not especially fond of seafood do not have to miss out on the great atmosphere at this century-old bar.

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