Triball is one of Madrid’s newest areas, a triangle that cuts through the indie Malasaña, full of cool shops, bars and restaurants. The neighbourhood was the brainchild of local businesses, who wanted a way to market the area as a hip place to visit, as well as help to regenerate the streets around Calle de Ballestar. The name comes from that street, Ballestar, and the shape of the area. Triangle + Ballestar = Triball! So if you’re planning to explore the area, follow our guide for the best places to stop off for a drink along the way.
This laid-back bar opens early for breakfast, does a good trade in afternoon coffee and cake and stays open late for beers, wine and cocktails. Its decor is vintage living room-chic: one corner has a bookcase and wall covered in black and white graffiti while another has a comfy sofa and paintings by local artists hung on the wall. It does snacks throughout the day such as quiche, toasts and cakes.
This wood-clad, atmospheric bar has been a neighbourhood staple since it opened in 1892. Grab a stand-up spot at a wine barrel table and order Madrileños favourite aperitif – vermouth – accompanied by a slice of Bodega La Ardosa’s tortilla de patatas (Spanish potato omelette), which, it claims, is one of the very best in Madrid. It’s also a good stop-off spot for a caña (little beer) or glass of wine.
KikeKeller definitely wins the award for one of the neighbourhood’s most unique bars because it isn’t really a bar at all, but a furniture shop and design studio. Many of the cool, designer tables, chairs and other home wares are crafted on-site and, when the shop closes its doors, it re-opens as a bar, where patrons can sit on the furniture while sipping on a drink. If you’re looking for some interiors inspiration this is the place to go.
This hip bar/restaurant caters to an all-day crowd, opening at 10am for breakfast and doing a great menu del día (three-course fixed-price lunchtime menu) for around €11 ($13). On Sundays, it’s packed for brunch and weekday evenings are a good time to sample dishes from the main menu including nachos with guacamole and black beans, fried green tomatoes and Tandoori chicken tacos.
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