La Venencia bar is tucked into the side of a narrow street hidden from the busy city center, and is easy to miss if you don’t know exactly where to look. They have five different styles of sherry to choose from; oloroso, fino, manzanilla, and a few personal creations from the bar. Additionally, you can order food from a small selection of tapas dishes, such as cheese, olives or cured ham.
Calle de Echegaray, 7, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 29 73 13
This bar opened in 1904 and was one of Ernest Hemingway’s haunts. If you’ve only got time to stop at one bar on Plaza de Santa Ana, let it be this classic cervecería, renowned for its cold beers and a wide selection of Spanish beers that are hard to find elsewhere. If you can, it’s best to get a table outside in the plaza in the evening, as that’s the best time to visit Cervecería Alemana. Make sure you order some tapas during your visit.
Plaza de Santa Ana, 6, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 29 70 33
Right in the center of the city, Las Bravas is the ideal place to have some refreshments after visiting the old quarter or the Barrio de las Letras – the so-called Writers Quarter. Enjoy some cañas in a street with the greatest, and most vibrant atmosphere in Madrid, only a few meters away from the Puerta del Sol.
Pje. Matheu, 5, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 21 51 41
The Cervecería Santa Ana brewery is a fantastic place to meet up with friends, get to know city center and, of course, have the best tapas and beers in Madrid. There are two entrances that lead into two different spaces, one with seating and one without, and there are tables outside. This choice of brewery is good for a light lunch or brunch, with salads and a range of pulgas (small rolls).
Plaza Sta. Ana, 10, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 29 43 56