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.
Bar, Spanish, $$$
Madrid is waking up to the craft beer revolution and this small, welcoming bar is one of the best places to try some tasty local brews. It’s the only brewpub in the centre of Madrid, making its own beers in stainless steel vats in its very own microbrewery just behind the bar. Staff are friendly and only too happy to recommend drinks based on your taste. Try the Malasaña, one of the most popular IPAs named after the surrounding barrio.
Café de la Luz
Bar, Cafe, Spanish
This laid-back bar opens early for breakfast, does a good trade in afternoon coffee and cake and stays open late for beers, wine and cocktails. Its decor is vintage living room-chic: one corner has a bookcase and wall covered in black and white graffiti while another has a comfy sofa and paintings by local artists hung on the wall. It does snacks throughout the day such as quiche, toasts and cakes.
Bodega la Ardosa
Bar, Bodega, Spanish, $$$
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.
Gymage Lounge Resort
This gym, restaurant and bar has a hidden rooftop that is the place to hang out on hot summer evenings. It even has a small plunge pool if you need some cooling off with your cocktail. The rooftop bar does a range of milkshakes, juices and coffees, as well as stronger drinks, and opens from midday every day.
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 cosy bar is a local favorite in part due to being full of mix-matched vintage furniture has a cool and having a laid-back vibe. There’s definitely a hipstery edge to the bar, whose back room features cute, tiny armchairs and vintage lamps and side tables. It’s a good spot for a beer or a cocktail while catching up with friends and also does a great Gin and Tonic, with a variety of gins to choose from.
Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Fusion, $$$
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.