Our guide to Madrid, updated as we go. Only places we love will be listed! Now, when you visit, you’ll know where to go for tapas, drinks, dinner and fun. Enjoy.
Petisqueira – for delicious, plentiful free tapas at the bar accompanying a cheap €1.75 caña (small beer/cerveza) or any other drink. Set menu and raciones (sharing plates of tapas) at reasonable prices. The house tortilla is very tasty, served with a little bravas sauce, as are the delectable mini pork burgers and chicken wings. Excellent and attentive traditional Madrid waiters and tireless tapas cooks behind the scenes.
Calle Churruca 6, Centro/Malasaña. Metro: Tribunal/Alonso Martínez
El Rincón Abulense – quite similar to Petisqueira above. Superb free tapas with caña or if you’re in the mood for a bigger drink, their jarras (almost a litre of cerveza) are just over €3 – a great price for a very central establishment. You must try the pimientos padrón (small individual green peppers, blackened in the pan – one in 10 are spicy hot!) with angulas (tiny whole baby eels cooked in plenty of garlic for a very moreish seafood flavour.
Calle Caballero de Gracia 18, Centro/Sevilla. Metro: Sevilla/Sol/Gran Via
Bars: El Tigre – Youthful no nonsense free tapas (big portions) and good Jamón Ibérico. Cheap drinks in a stand up, tightly packed, buzzing bar – popular with students. Not for the faint hearted.
Calle de las Infantas 19, Centro/Sevilla – 1 minute from El Rincon (above). Metro: Sevilla