Tag: bares

bodegas casas madrid

Madrid’s temple of vermouth: Bodegas Casas

‘Laterio’ is a big thing in Spain.  We’re talking bars, yes, but bars that specialize in preserves – usually seafood including treats like cockles, scallops, mussels and clams.  And, yes, we understand that going to a bar to eat canned goods…

Casa Camacho, Madrid

5 Madrid bars to start a night out

“Salí a tomar una cañas y me lié” (“I went out for a few drinks and got waylaid”).  A classic excuse heard all over Madrid bars, and one that explains that phenomenon whereby during the exceptionally hot and sweaty Castillian…

la ardosa madrid

La Ardosa, Madrid: spiritual home of the croqueta

A few weeks ago we told you about Casa Camacho, and about how Casa Camacho to Vermouth is like the Batcave to Bruce Wayne.  If billionaire vigilantes hung out in Madrid’s fash barrio Malasaña, that is.  And if they did, they…

Casa Camacho: neighbourhood cool in Madrid

  Casa Camacho is one of Madrid’s best authentic bars, and one of Malasaña’s old watering holes par excellence.  Popular with the kind of cool kids who would rather die than get a trendy haircut, Camacho is THE place for…

Vermouth in Barcelona

Barcelona: vermouth city

Vermouth, known in Spanish as vermut or vermú, has been out of fashion in recent years with the same kind of image that Bristol Cream has in the UK. This traditional drink has fallen so far from the national consciousness that there is…

La Confitería, Barcelona

La Confiteria, Barcelona (Paral-lel, bar/cocktails)

Outside La Confiteria, Barcelona What’s the deal? A former confectioner’s shop that has somehow metamorphosed into a real gem of a place.  The owners have left the century-old interior untouched since reopening the premises as a bar 15 years ago,…