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By Chris | June 5 2007
For a night of Hollywood glamour, walk in the footsteps of James Bond and enjoy a Martini, shaken not stirred, at Madrid’s Bar Cock.
Such an experience could only be followed by cocktails at Museo Chicote, a favorite of Sinatra’s and according to Hemingway “the best bar in Spain, certainly”. For a 21st-century kick try the LED illuminated Discoteca Velvet.
Built in 1931, Museo Chicote was bathed in the Hollywood glamour of this era, frequented by stars including Ernest Hemingway and Grace Kelly.
Museo Chicote retains the allure of this golden age with 1930s décor and a sophisticated cocktail list, making it an essential stop-off.
Comprising a speakeasy-style bar that’s intimate and stylish, along with a bistro-style restaurant and wine bar with classic yet modern decor, superb wine, cocktails and gastronomy all play a part here, which is perhaps why it is has proven so popular as a venue.
Cocktails are crafted from a vast selection of interesting spirits along with organic ingredients that have been sourced from nearby, while the daily changing menu showcases the local seasonal produce that’s been brought in.
+34 915 21 66 78
Reina 4, 28004/p>
The cocktail barmen here guide you through their drinks recommendations combining their expertise with a spectrum of spirits and ingredients.
The bar is elegant and minimalist in style with high ceilings and a vast array of bottles on display reflecting the diversity of cocktails on offer. Run by cocktail aficionado Alberto Martínez, this bar is celebrated for both classic and creative drinks.
Formerly known as Reina Bruja, this club is renowned by its interiors designed by Thomás Alia with a sea of 16 million point LED color changing lights.
This impressive state-of-the-art multifunctional space can accommodate groups of 20-1,000 people, and the lighting color scheme can be customized for every event and party. Event catering includes hot and cold canapés.
+34 91 633 414 887
Jacometrezo 6, 28013
The stylish and exclusive ambience of this bar is dependent on the philosophy of understatement.
Enter the bar through sliding glass doors. Decked out in sleek steel and blonde wood, and with equally slick barmen, Del Diego serves high-class cocktails for the discerning palette. Del Diego is owned by Fernando del Deigo who was once a barman at Madrid’s glamorous Museo Chicote. Arrive early and find a seat at the bar to watch Diego and his two sons mix cocktails with expert flair. Bar Del Diego serves as the perfect destination for an intimate rendezvous.
+34 91 523 3106
Calle de la Reina 12, 28004
Bar Cock is a former brothel designed in the style of a 1920s English club, with red velvet curtains and embossed leather armchairs.
In the 1940s this bar was the meeting place for literary and political clubs and it still attracts renowned authors including Susan Sontag. Artists frequent the bar, and their drawings and representations of cockerels are displayed in the bar’s own gallery. Try the bar’s signature Bull Shot made with consommé and vodka. If you desire Hollywood glamour this is the place to be, as Bar Cock featured in the James Bond film Casino Royale.
+34 91 532 2826
Calle de la Reina, 16, 28004
A place to enjoy the choicest wines, the most select and varied red tapas.
A meeting point for the arts, for friends, music and the widest range of flavors. A meeting point to give your senses a boost! A combination of creative power all focused in a cosy spot where you will find the passion of flamenco.
+34 91 542 0520
Fax: +34 91 559 2197
Plaza de Espana 9, 28008