This tiny bar is an old relic from the Malasaña of old, before it became quite so hip. It is standing room only, which makes mingling a breeze and takes away the awkwardness of sitting alone. It specialises in vermouth, a fortified wine that is Madrid’s most popular aperitif. Don’t worry if it looks packed, just elbow your way to the bar and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere.
Calle de San Andrés, 4, Madrid, Spain +34 915 31 35 98
This wood-panelled bar on the popular Plaza Santa Ana was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway, and inside it doesn’t look like much has changed since his day. Waiters are dressed smartly in white jackets but it’s a laid-back place. Grab the window table, Hemingway’s favourite if his picture on the wall above is anything to go by, and enjoy a cold cerveza. There is also an outside terrace if you want to enjoy the plaza atmosphere, but you get a real sense of the bar’s history inside – it has been going since 1904.
Plaza Santa Ana, 6, Madrid, Spain +34 914 29 70 33