Everybody knows when you are visiting Spain that there is one thing constantly everybody speaks about: Tapas. Tapas everywhere! Spain has a tapas culture almost all in its cities however each of them adapted the concept in their own way. For instance, unlike Barcelona, Madrid has fewer tapas bars as the drinking and eating culture is different from there. If you are wondering where to eat tapas in Madrid – obviously the best ones and here is our list for you: 11 best tapas bars in Madrid!
The tradition of tapas goes back to very old times that no one actually knows where and how it came. The thing is Spanish embraced to tapas and turned into something delicious, fun and memorable. Tapa means to cover or lid in English, which might be a hint that the food served as tapas were covered at the restaurants to be served to the customer – in order to protect from flies or little bugs. Now, the best thing you can do is to enjoy this small or finger size portioned dishes and let their best alcohol accompany your tapas! Bon appétit!
Casa Revuelta is a small family-owned tapas bar located in the middle of Plaza de Mayor and Plaza de la Villa, which is quite central. The appearance of the bar is very modest from the outside with only a few tables are available inside. The bar is always packed with locals so it is not only a regular stop for tourists. The reason why Casa Revuelta is known for tapas is actually their famous item on the menu: Tajadas de balacao – salted cod fritters and tripe. The best thing here is to grab a Spanish beer and few of the fritters and you will never forget how it tastes.
Address: Calle Latoneros 3
Phone: +34 913 66 33 32
2. BOGEDAS RICLA
This tapas bar is located in the central neighborhood only a minute walk from Plaza Mayor. Little taverna is a frequented place by locals which actually explains how good the food is here. It is another family owned place where the mother cooks and his sons do the service. The atmosphere is pretty authentic, big wine casks in the room with many bottles on the shelves. You might imagine how good their wine list is – not like a regular tapas bar. The place was first opened in 1867 and came a long way since then!
Address: Calle Cuchilleros 6
Phone: +34 913 65 20 69
3. LA CASA DEL ABUELO
Right in the middle of two streets, La Casa del Abuelo is situated a few minutes away from Puerta del Sol. In case you want to try out some traditional Spanish dishes, you won’t regret coming here. This tapas bar is famous for house specialties – called especialidades de la casa in Spanish. When you walk in you will feel the ambiance even within those beautiful tiles, earthware they use and the smell of amazing shrimps. Grab a garlic shrimp here along with a glass of Rioja wine and enjoy the classic tapas environment.
Address: Calle Victoria, 12
Phone: +34 915 21 23 19
4. ALMENDRO 13
This cute little taverna takes its name from the street it is located in La Latina neighborhood. The Spanish tavernas are usually known for a couple of the house dishes and their fame grows with these specialties just like here. Unlike other tapas bars, here you might have more options for beer too. Their famous dishes are huevos rotos –broken egg, rosca de jamon Iberico – a circular sandwich of Jamon Iberico and croquetas – fritters. Almendro 13 will let you appreciate the local atmosphere with delicious and reasonably priced tapas.
Address: Calle Almendro 13
Phone: +34 913 65 42 52
5. EL LACON
El Lacon is found in Huertas neighborhood and very close to Prado National Museum. The bar dates back to 1911 when it was first used as an inn and then turned into an eatery. The place offers you a small plate of tapas to share for every drink you order – which is pretty generous in Madrid. The staff is attentive and friendly, the wine selection is great. Their house specialties are callos – tripe prepared in Madrid style, asparagus plate, and the platters for fish, meat or cheese. There are also known for their vegetarian-friendly plates here. In order to experience the real local Spanish eating habits, El Lacon is a great place to stop by.
Address: Calle Manuel Fernandez y Gonzalez 8, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 914 29 60 42
6. TINTO Y TAPAS
Tinto y Tapas is a perfect place to give a break after a long day of visiting museums in Madrid as it is very close to most of them. The bar offers a very budget-friendly menu both for food and drinks with great portions. It is a very small place but very cozy and a casual atmosphere so perfect for a quick tapas break. The counter is full of empanadas and savory puffs, the menu is written on a light pink door outside – a very trendy but in a home-like ambiance. Great wines, house toasts, and quiches, also their empanadas and their toasted slices of bread with tomato sauce along with Jamon Iberico are quite famous!
Address: Calle Almaden 14
Phone: +34 919 20 09 29
7. LA CASTELA
La Castela brings a different touch to the tapas scene in Madrid. If you are looking for a unique tapas experience this is where you should come. The place was first opened as a tavern in 1929 and turned into few other establishments by time. La Castela in unlike other tapas places, here the portions are big, the seafood is fresh and they care about using high-quality ingredients. You can see that place is pretty busy around dinner time and this explains why. Plus, the bar was one of the few selected places for Michelin’s Bib Gourmand choices for 2018.
Address: Calle Doctor Castelo, 22
Phone: +34 915 74 00 15
8. CASA LUCAS
Casa Lucas is another popular stop both among travelers and local people with an unpretentious atmosphere in La Latina neighborhood. What they do here is simple – good food, good drinks, and a cozy casual environment. You can see the wine and beverage selection on the wall written on a blackboard. The menu is quite eclectic and offers you many raciones of tapas – the personal portions. They are pretty known for their blood sausage, oxtail, and calamari. It is a pretty popular place so you might wait for a table for some time!
Address: Calle Cava Baja 30
Phone: +34 913 65 08 04
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9. LA VENENCIA
La Venencia is a place where you will feel like time has stopped inside of the bar and the vibe immediately embraces you there. It is rather an old-school bar with a few bar stools and tables inside. The popularity of this place dates back to the Spanish civil war when Hemingway was a frequent customer of La Venencia. The place only serves sherry from the barrels; the whole place is full of wooden furniture and decorations. Unfortunately, they don’t like taking pictures here by guests – so no photos if you don’t do it secretly! Come here especially for their variety of sherry wines and snack on some nibbles such as their delicious chorizo, olives or simple get a platter to accompany your wine!
Address: Calle Echegaray 7
Phone: +34 914 29 73 13
Albora is actually a place which has both a restaurant and a bar. For a Spanish tapas experience in Madrid – we advise you to visit the bar section first as it has a different menu. The service and food are beyond words here. However, Albora is a one of a kind place in Madrid and it comes with a price so it is a bit more expensive than a regular tapas place. For a romantic evening, a birthday celebration or an anniversary dinner, this might a place you want to dine in Madrid. They offer a menu with tapas but with a modern touch to classic traditional tapas. Albora is also a Michelin star place, you can see how they care about each side of their work – just so you know.
Address: Calle Jorge Juan 33
Phone: +34 917 81 61 97
11. EL MINIBAR
In case you are looking for a place to have tapas with great cocktails, huge portions, and cheap eats – there you go! El Minibar is a very casual bar near Plaza Mayor. There is constantly a young crowd here, eating and drinking with a few friends. The pop art wall hangings are everywhere so the setting is quite eclectic with all these art pieces. If you are not looking for a fancy place but for a good cooking, nice service and friendly people around you, this is where you should be coming for your tapas. Try their famous Tapa Breton – grilled cheese with tomato jam and coriander oil, cod, and prawn based dishes and calamari.
Address: Calle del Meson de Panos 1
Phone: +34 616 00 97 04
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один из тапас-баров с самым высоким рейтингом в гугле, в пришлепнутым лого трипадвизора, все как надо. приятный по атмосфере и более-менее добрый по ценнику (три закуски обошлись мне в 10 евро). ну, что. национальные закуски опробованы, еще одна ачивка есть (а больших восторгов – нет). зато вот белое сухое везде, и здесь в том числе, можно брать с закрытыми глазами – оно вкусное вообще всегда. правда, пьянит меня почему-то сильнее, чем в России. если по моей любимой привычке сидеть, разговаривая и томно потягивая напиток из бокала весь вечер, уже в первый час можно изрядно окосеть. и дальше танцы на столе, вот это все, в общем, совсем другая поездка уже, не в этот раз. поэтому я быстренько на водичку здесь перехожу. водичка – хорошо.