The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Madrid and Why You should Go

Who doesn’t enjoy a good cocktail and what better place to enjoy it than in the beautiful capital of Spain? Below, you will find a list of 10 of Madrid’s best cocktail bars, so you can find your Spanish version of Tom Cruise’s “Cocktails & Dreams”.

May 16, 2020

Cocktail Bars Madrid

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Cocktail Bar Madrid #1: Enbabia Infused

Enbabia Infused is a fun cocktail bar where you can go dancing, meet new people, and most importantly, drink a variety of amazing cocktails. Enbabia Madrid takes great pride in not only providing the best mixed-drinks but also providing the best mix of service and atmosphere. Earlier in the night, you can expect an older, more adult audience inside. However, as the night progresses, a younger, more international audience fills the space. The music that’s played varies from commercial music for a party experience to more chill music towards the end of the night. If you decide to visit Enbabia Infused, make sure to try their Moscow Mule and their exotic Bramble cocktail. Another honorable mention would be their big cocktails of 1 to 1.5 liters to share. All drinks are handmade on the spot with carefully selected spirits. Enbabia Madrid is open on weekdays from 9:00 pm until 4:00 am, and on weekends from 6:00 pm until 4:00 am. This cocktail bar is a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting Madrid.

Why should you go? Enbabia Infused offers the best handmade Moscow Mule and Bramble.

Address: Enbabia Infused, Calle Núñez de Arce 9, 28012 Madrid

Cocktail Bar Madrid #2: Taller Margarita

Taller Margarita is a true gem in the center of Madrid. The place is known as a speakeasy and can be accessed by going through a spare parts store. Inside, you can expect a welcoming and energetic atmosphere. This is further fueled by national and international DJs coming to perform live sets at the location. It’s most common to hear electronic music inside, hence the energy. The people inside are usually classy. It wouldn’t be much of a cocktail bar if there weren’t something special to numb your senses with. In Taller Margarita Madrid, you can choose from an amazing selection of 15 different Margaritas, each one made with Don Julio Tequila. Since most people have a Megan Fox-Brian Austin Green kind of relationship with tequila, it’s always good to have some food nearby to calm the buzz. Luckily for us, there’s a food truck inside the location where you can get some delicious tacos and nachos. Taller Margarita Madrid is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 7 pm until 3:30 am.

Why should you go? Taller Margarita is the best place for a first-class margarita with tasty tacos and live DJ sets.

Address: Taller Margarita, Calle de Manuel Fernández y González 9, 28014 Madrid

Cocktail Bar Madrid #3: Viva Madrid

Viva Madrid is another one of those places that you won’t regret going to. The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive is the awesome vintage cocktail bar that blends perfectly with the interior. There’s plenty of places for people to sit too, with seats available both inside and outside on the terrace. Viva Madrid is truly an all-rounder where you can get anything from coffee to wine to tasty cocktails. The cocktails they serve are often classics that are made to perfection. To put the cherry on top, there is also a variety of tapas to choose from to enjoy with your drink. The service at Viva Madrid is known to be outstanding, and the bartenders are all well-educated concerning their profession. If you’re in the neighborhood, definitely check out this place, you won’t quickly forget it. Viva Madrid is closed on Mondays. However, on Sundays, and from Tuesday to Thursday, it’s open from 12:00 pm until 2:00 am. On Friday and Saturday, they open from 12:00 pm until 2:30 am.

Why should you go? Viva Madrid serves classic cocktails made to perfection.

Address: Viva Madrid, Calle Manuel Fernández y González 7, 28014 Madrid

Cocktail Bar Madrid #4: Salmon Guru

A visit to Salmon Guru Madrid is destined to be an exclusive night with high-quality drinks and a beautiful place to sit. You don’t have to expect your everyday cocktail experience at Salmon Guru cocktail bar. Drinks come in all kinds of colors and are served in unique glasses. They are then garnished with all kinds of fruits, herbs, and spices to further complete the flavor profile, as well as making each drink an aesthetic masterpiece. The owners of the place find their inspiration for their drinks all around the world. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to order drinks that are exclusively available at Salmon Guru. It’s probably worth mentioning they were also on “The World’s 50 Best Bars” list in 2018. A spot they most certainly earned. It’s also worth mentioning that this makes it an incredibly busy bar as is to be expected when serving this caliber of drinks. Therefore, it’s not unlikely that you’ll find a (big) line outside the place. To have the best experience, it would be advisable to come early to secure your spot. Salmon Guru Madrid is closed on Mondays. However, from Tuesday until Thursday and on Sundays, the bar’s open from 5:00 pm until 2:00 am. Additionally, like most bars in Madrid, they remain open a little longer on the weekends. Fridays and Saturdays they open at 5:00 pm and close at 2:30 am.

Why should you go? Salmon Guru is on the world’s 50 best bars list, which should speak for itself.

Address: Salmon Guru, Calle Echegaray 21, 28014 Madrid

Cocktail Bar Madrid #5: 1862 Dry Bar

1862 Dry Bar Madrid is a cocktail bar that pays homage to the roots of mixology. This is easily noticeable in their menu, featuring many of the great classics. It’s not all old-school though, they also have a wide variety of more recent mixed drinks that are just as tasty and refined. A less noticeable tribute to the world of mixology can be found in the name of the bar. 1862 is the year that the first cocktail book was published by Jerry Thomas. The bar takes inspiration from this book for the cocktails that are served to this day. There aren’t too many places to sit since the bar isn’t that big. However, there is a space that you can rent when you come with a bigger group. 1862 Dry Bar is open 7 days a week, however, opening hours vary. On Saturdays, and from Monday until Thursday, the bar is open from 3:30 pm until 2:00 am. Then, on Saturdays, they’re open from 3:30 pm until 2:30 am. Lastly, on Sundays, they open at 3:30 pm and close at midnight. Again, we recommend you go a little earlier to avoid having no place to sit down. If you do find a spot though, you’ll definitely have some amazing drinks there.

Why should you go? 1862 Dry Bar serves you cocktails inspired by the first cocktail book published in 1862.

Address: 1862 Dry Bar, Calle del Pez 27, 28004 Madrid

Cocktail Bar Madrid #6: Gin Club Madrid

Nowadays, the gin and tonic is one of the most popular cocktails out there. There is often speculation on whether the hype will continue or if it’s fading away. However, looking at the success of gin and tonic bars, it’s certainly too soon to pronounce it dead. It’s such a refreshing cocktail that we’ll probably keep on ordering it in the foreseeable future. If you’re in Madrid and you like gin and tonics, the Gin Club in Mercado de la Reina is a must-visit for you. They have over 40 different types of gin, served in various exciting mixes. Since the gin and tonic hype is a more recent trend, the bars are decorated to look sleek and modern. Gin Club Madrid is no exception and you can expect an impressive modern bar that fits right into the rest of the interior. The main item on their menu is, not surprisingly, gin and tonics. They also offer a variety of other amazing cocktails. Lastly, they offer a small selection of virgin cocktails for those of you taking one for the team. Gin Club in Mercado de la Reina is open on Sundays, and Mondays to Thursdays from 1:30 pm until 2:00 am. They’re also open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:30 pm until 2:30 am.

Why should you go? Gin Club Madrid allows you to choose between over 40 different kinds of gin.

Address: Gin Club, Calle de la Reina 16, 28013 Madrid

Cocktail Bar Madrid #7: Santos y Desamparados

A good cocktail is a good cocktail. The staff at Santos y Desamparados knows this all too well. The focus is on creating an experience that doesn’t have to be all that flashy, rather welcoming and bold. From the outside, the bar looks modest and doesn’t try to lure you in with flashy signs or anything alike. When you first enter the bar, you’ll immediately notice the goth-like vibe inside. Not in any way uncomfortable though, lights are dimmed, the artwork includes that of incredible tattoo artists, and the staff is dressed in black. However, this particular look of the staff members makes them look very interesting. Luckily, they’re not shy for conversation which almost makes it feel as if you’re in a small community consisting of the 60 people inside the bar. The menu is kept concise but is inspired by numerous recipes that were nearly forgotten. Santos y Desamparados is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 6:00 pm until 3:30 am. The rest of the week they open at 6:00 pm and close at 3:00 am.

Why should you go? Santos y Desamparados provides you with well-mixed cocktails in a unique place.

Address: Santos y Desamparados, Costanilla de los Desamparados 4, 28014 Madrid

Cocktail Bar Madrid #8: Del Diego Cocktail Bar

You’ll probably feel like Don Draper walking into Del Diego cocktail bar. The bartenders here are true specialists when it comes to mixology. The menu includes many classics that you would skip at other bars because you know they don’t make them as good as you’d like. Not at Del Diego. Inside, you can expect a New York City-inspired look that was awarded the prize for interior design by the Madrid City Council. The cocktails, music, and service combine for a truly world-class experience. The vibe inside is rather relaxed. Therefore, it’s often said this is the perfect bar to go and get a nightcap. If you’re interested in trying cocktails as an experience, rather than an easy way to get drunk before heading off to a party, Del Diego will not disappoint you. Del Diego cocktail bar is open from Monday until Thursdays from 7:00 pm until 3:00 am, and from Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 pm until 3:30 am. On Sundays, they’re usually closed.

Why should you go? Del Diego serves excellent cocktails for true cocktail connoisseurs.

Address: Del Diego, Calle de la Reina 12, 28004 Madrid

Cocktail Bar Madrid #9: Macera Taller Bar

Macera Taller Bar is another truly unique cocktail bar in Madrid. What makes them special is that the shelves at the bar are filled with bottles of their own alcohol. This is also where the name of the place finds its origin. Maceration is a technique that is used to flavor alcohol, and that’s exactly what they do at Macera Madrid. You can go inside and order one of the cocktails from their menu. You then have the option to further personalize your beverage by selecting one of the many infusions they offer. This makes for a unique cocktail with numerous possible combinations. The interior looks trendy and modern. The design is kept simplistic with clear accentuations on certain areas of the bar. To put the cherry on top, they also offer a variety of juices, coffee, and something to snack while enjoying your drink. The opening hours of Macera Madrid are quite different depending on the day. On Sundays, they open at 4:00 pm and close at 2:00 am. On Mondays, they open from 4:00 pm until 0:00 am. Then, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 pm until 2:00 am. Thursdays from 1:00 pm until 2:30 am. Lastly, Fridays and Saturdays, from 1:00 pm until 3:30 am.

Why should you go? Macera Taller Bar mixes delicious cocktails, made with their own home-made infused spirits.

Address: Macera Taller Bar, Calle de San Mateo 21, 28004 Madrid

Cocktail Bar Madrid #10: Museo Chicote

It’s often said that Museo Chicote was Madrid’s first real cocktail bar. This dates back to the early 20th century and was named after Perico Chicote, the man who opened the bar. Inside, you can expect a DJ that does what DJs do by providing music that further elevates the whole experience. The interior, including the bar, was preserved very well. This becomes apparent the moment you enter the bar. You’ll see old pictures covering the walls, antique furniture, and a nice old-school bar that really gives the place its amazing vintage feel. Obviously, you can still have amazing cocktails there. Moreover, there are also lunch and dinner options. The bar is truly a historic landmark. In the past, people like Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, (and many others) sat in this bar to have a cocktail. Chicote Madrid is open every day. On Mondays and Sundays, they open at 1:00 pm and close at 00:00 am. Then, from Tuesday until Saturday, they open from 1:00 pm until 3:00 am. This place is a must-see for anyone interested in a good drink, a good meal, and an even better story attached to it.

Why should you go? Museo Chicote is known as Madrid’s first cocktail bar and a visit there will definitely be an unforgettable experience consisting of professionally mixed cocktails, old-school interior, and nice music.

Address: Museo Chicote, Calle Gran Vía 12, 28013 Madrid

Now that you have read about our top 10 cocktail bars in Madrid it’s on you to check them out. If you find a really amazing one that is not on the list, make sure to get in touch with us! Just like you, we love exploring new things.

– Tristan

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