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
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.
Casa Labra, Calle de Tetuán 12, Madrid, Spain +34915310081
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.
Calle de la Victoria 12, Madrid, Spain +34 910 00 01 33