My Favorite Places to Drink Wine in Madrid

Madrid is known to have the highest per capita number of bars in Europe and its celebrated nightlife goes back a long time, fueled by the years of “la movida” in the early 80s after the fall of Franco’s dictatorship. Madrid offers the broadest diversity and availability of wines from all over the country and despite its large size – the city is home to over 3 million people -, exploring the wine scene in the Spanish capital is relatively easy to manage. 

If you’re looking for a more international, upscale vibe head out to the upmarket neighborhoods of Salamanca and Retiro; while bars in traditional barrios like Malasaña, Chueca and La Latina offer a more hipster, local ambiance.

I recently visited the city curious to learn how big of an impact the pandemic had on the wine scene and I’m happy to report that it’s as lively as it’s ever been. Below is a shortlist of my personal favorites, including classic, established bars as well as more recent arrivals.  

Equipo Navazos Manazanilla Pasada at Angelita

Favorite Madrid wine bars:

AngelitaLocated in a side street just behind the Gran Via, Angelita has a very well-curated list of interesting wines. You’ll usually find a list of about 15-20 wines by the glass, plus a smaller one of unusual gems of glass pours available with Coravin.  There’s also a good selection of tapas and smaller plates as well as a lineup of delicious Spanish cheeses.  Metro: Gran Via.

Angelita Madrid

La Canibal. Their motto says it all: “Come, bebe, descubre y comparte” (“Eat, Drink, Discover and Share”). A bar focused on natural wines located a few steps from the Reina Sofia Museum (near the Atocha train station), La Canibal is a wonderful industry hangout where you can find a rotating list of wines on tap, bottles, and craft beers. Last time I had a fresh, mineral Garnacha from Sierra de Gredos, a juicy Mencia from Bierzo, and a unique dry Pedro Ximenez/Malvasia blend from Malaga – all at very attractive prices (€3-4 per glass). Metro: Lavapiés – Atocha.

La Canibal, Daily Wines on Tap list

Berria. With a great location right opposite the Puerta de Alcalá and across Retiro Park, Berria seeks to become the absolute benchmark for wine lovers in Madrid. Focused on both international and Spanish wines, it offers an upscale experience and a long list that includes over 50 wines by the glass and hundreds of bottles stored in their beautiful state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled cellar. Go here to splurge on a hard-to-find bottle (i.e., Comando G’s Rumbo al Norte 2017 €95) or for a glass or two on the terrace.  Metro: Retiro

Berria Wine Bar

La Fisna. A combination of wine shop and bar in the Lavapiés area, also not far from the Reina Sofia Museum. Fantastic list of wines by the glass (and half glass) and bottles, tapas and raciones in an informal setting. Here you can find a long list of Spanish and international wines, with a specialty in Burgundy as they’re also distributors of several Burgundian producers. Metro: Lavapies

La Venencia. As old school as it gets. A long favorite of mine, La Venencia is a Sherry bar in the heart of downtown Madrid near La Puerta del Sol. Its rustic décor, including dusty tables and barrels behind the bar, is a trip back in time where the focus is on the wine (Manzanillas, Finos, Amontillados, Olorosos and Palo Cortados), traditional cheeses, cold cuts and good conversation. A wonderful no-frills bar: No reservations, music, or photographs allowed. A must-visit for any Sherry lover. Metro: Sevilla or Sol.

La Venencia

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