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Bodegas Ricla
This tiny old bar in the heart of Madrid is a great place to enjoy a glass of Rioja and a few traditional tapas like boquerones (whitebait) and cabrales cheese in cider. Run by a friendly mother-and-son duo the bar is a local favourite among the more touristy surrounding bars. 

Address: Calle Cuchilleros, 6, | Telephone: +34913652069 |

Taberna La Dolores
From its intricate tiled facade to its dust-covered beer tankards lining the walls, La Dolores is a living piece of history in the heart of Madrid's literary quarter, Las Letras. Prop up the bar and enjoy a frothy beer and some tapas, including anchovies and jamón ibérico. 

Address: Plaza Jesús, 4 | Telephone: +34914292243 |

ApartoSuites Jardines de Sabitini
Sweltering summer nights call for a rooftop bar. Head to this hotel roof for spectacular views across Madrid's Royal Palace and neighbouring Sabatini Gardens. Forget sangria and order a tinto de verano or summer wine: red wine mixed with lemon, which is the Spaniards' drink of choice during the long, hot summer months. 

Address: Cuesta San Vicente, 16 | Telephone: +34915425900 |

La Piola
From a lazy breakfast to late night beers, La Piola has a perfect location on one of the most vibrant streets of Madrid's literary quarter. It has an extensive drinks menu, friendly staff and great people watching possibilities.

Address: Calle del León, 9 | Telephone: |

Stop Madrid
One of the city's oldest taverns, which opened in 1929 as a ham and charcuterie shop, is a great place to prop up the bar with Madrid's favourite aperitif, vermouth.  Its dark wood interior is cosy and inviting and its menu of Spanish classics, including jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) is not to be missed.  

Address: Calle de Hortaleza, 11 | Telephone: +34915218887 |

El Imperfecto
From walls plastered with photos of old Hollywood stars to blow-up globes hanging from the ceilings, the quirky interior of this bar is well worth exploring. Sink back in a chair on the outdoor terrace with a mojito or one of their excellent home-made milkshakes. 

Address: 2 Plaza Matute | Telephone: 913 667 211 |

Índalo Tapas
This chain is one of the few places in Madrid these days that offers a range of free tapas with every drink ordered. Burgers, croquettes, squid, a variety of toasts… choose from the over 20 free tapas on offer. It's extremely popular with locals and a great budget option. 

Address: Calle de Atocha, 14 | Telephone: |

Las Fabricas Maravillas
The only brew pub in central Madrid is a must-visit for beer lovers who want to try something a little bit different from the standard San Miguel. The large, silver vats sit just behind the bar so you can see where the magic happens before sampling some of the several local brews on offer. 

Address: Calle de Valverde, 29 | Telephone: +34 915218753 |

Café de la Luz
This cool local café is the perfect spot for everything from a hearty brunch to late night cocktails. The décor is quirky and vintage, with paintings by local artists sitting alongside antique lamps and cosy armchairs. Their tasty menu of quiches, sandwiches and cakes is available all day. 

Address: Calle Puebla, 8 | Telephone: +34915231199 |

Vinícola Mentridana
This beloved local wine bar is cosy and welcoming. Grab the best table by the window and settle in with a glass of excellent Spanish wine for only €2.50. They also offer a range of wines by the bottle and some delicious snacks to accompany your vino.

Address: Calle de San Eugenio, 9 | Telephone: +34915278760 |

Café Barbieri
Over 100 years old, this beautiful café re-opened its doors in late 2015 and little has changed since its 1902 inception. It offers a host of Spanish tipples and bites as well as a regular programme of live music. Try the vermouth on tap (vermut de grifo), a classic Madrid aperitivo. 

Address: Calle de Ave María 45 | Telephone: +34 915 273 658 |

Ojalá
It might be November, but you can still visit the beach at this hip Malasaña bar. Head downstairs, where you'll find the indoor beach, a perfect location to kick back with a cocktail and some modern tapas while enjoying a slice of summer in wintery Madrid. 

Address: Calle de San Andras, 1 | Telephone: +34915232747 |

Clubbing

Casa Camacho
This busy neighbourhood stand-up bar is the place to come for an old-time atmosphere and to sample Madrid's favourite tipple, vermouth. It gets packed at weekends with the young, hip crowd of the Malasaña neighbourhood, so head there for an early evening drink to start the night as the locals or for a late-night refreshment. 

Address: Calle de San Andrés, 4, | Telephone: +34915313598 |

Madklyn
This rock bar in the hipster neighbourhood of Malasaña combines Brooklyn and Madrid influences, resulting in a laid-back vibe, great tunes and buzzing atmosphere, especially at weekends. It holds regular live performances from midday as well as mañanas de Madkyln, or Madklyn morning gigs at weekends. 

Address: Calle de San Andres 12 | Telephone: |

La Perejila
This bustling tapas bar, on Cava Baja, Madrid famous tapas street, is hard to miss from its bright green facade. Grab a table and order some rebanadas (toasts topped with various ingredients including manchego cheese and Iberian ham). Wash it down with a vermouth on tap, one of the most popular drinks in Madrid. 

Address: Calle Cava Baja, 25 | Telephone: +34913642855 |

HAT
This design hostel's roof terrace is a hipster paradise and serves some delicious cocktails and snacks. A top tip is to avoid the touristy sangria and opt for a tinto de verano, the local version of the drink with red wine and lemonade. Or if you are feeling particularly hip try one of their signature cocktails that is served in a bag. 

Address: Calle Imperial, 9 | Telephone: +34917728572 |

Vacaciones
Step into a cool oasis in this beach hut-themed bar in the hip Malasaña neighbourhood. Fairy lights are slung from the walls and mismatched chairs sit at wooden tables. It's a great place to kick back on a summer evening with a cocktail or one of their huge gin and tonics. 

Address: Espíritu Santo, 15 | Telephone: +34911704015 |

The Roof at ME Madrid
For a night of glamour head to the rooftop of the Melia hotel on the beautiful Plaza Santa Ana, offering incredible views across the city's rooftops and delicious cocktails. A firm favourite of Madrid's most famous and fashionable.  

Address: Plaza Santa Ana, 14 | Telephone: |

Plaza Menor
Step into this unassuming bar just off Plaza Mayor and head down into a system of whitewashed caves that brings to mind the gypsy caves of Granada. Settle into a nook and choose from a good wine and cocktail list, with a tempting array of sharing dishes and cakes.

Address: Calle Gómez de Mora, 3 | Telephone: 665813821 |

La Vía Láctea
Set in an old coal bunker, this indie stalwart is a slice of living history. It was opened during La Movida, following the death of Dictator Francisco Franco, when Madrileños threw off their shackles and embraced rock and roll. A great place to soak up some of Madrid's alternative history, or just throw some shapes to some indie classics. 

Address: Calle de Velarde, 18 | Telephone: +34 914467581 |

Marula
This intimate club hosts concerts and some of Madrid's best DJs, who play everything from funk and jazz to Latin and soul. A great spot if you want to dance to some decent tunes. http://www.marulacafe.com/

Address: Calle de Caños Viejos, 3 | Telephone: +913661596 |

La Fídula
Music lovers should seek out this under-the-radar concert venue, where you can discover some of Spain's best musicians in an intimate setting. Concerts cover genres as diverse as jazz, blues and flamenco. Check out the Saturday night flamenco show for an alternative to the more touristy offerings in Madrid. 

Address: Calle de Las Huertas, 57 | Telephone: +34910186170 |

Macera
Craft cocktails with a difference: this industrial-chic bar in Chueca makes all of its own spirits using premium Spanish ingredients. It also offers distillation workshops for those eager to learn the secrets of cocktail making from scratch. 

Address: Calle San Mateo, 21 | Telephone: +34910115810 |

Platea
You'll be hard-pushed to find a more unique backdrop while sipping a cocktail in Madrid: Platea is six floors of bars and food stalls nestled in a lovingly-preserved 1950s theatre. There are three cocktail bars to choose from, El Palco (The Box) offers excellent views of the stage from its perch on the second gallery floor. 

Address: Calle de Goya 5-7 | Telephone: +34 91 577 00 2 |

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