Spain may have more land under the vine than any other country in the world, but in its capital city of Madrid beer still reigns supreme as the most popular drink. That makes finding a great wine bar a bit more of a treasure hunt than you might think!
If you know where to look, there is a wine bar in Madrid for every type of wine lover. From conventional to natural, brand new to centuries-old, here are 11 wine bars in Madrid you don’t want to miss.
IN THIS LIST OF WINE BARS IN MADRID:
Wine has been made in Spain for millennia! While these bars aren’t quite that old, they will transport you back in time the moment you walk in.
La Venencia – Dusty bottles line shelves that reach to the ceiling in this iconic sherry bar from the 1930s. Nothing in here has changed since before the Spanish Civil War. Sherries from Southern Spain are still served out of oak barrels. Your tab is written in chalk on the bar or table. And taking pictures is strictly forbidden, just like it has been since anti-Franco republicans met clandestinely in the backroom plotting to overthrow the dictator. Calle Echegaray, 7
Almacén de Vinos (aka Casa Gerardo) – Until the 1990s almost all of the wine sold in Madrid bars came out of giant clay vessels called tinajas. While bottled wine is now the norm, Almacén de Vinos still keeps the large wine storage vats of yesteryear. Be sure to try one of the dozens of artisanal cheeses they source from around the country to pair with your wine! Calle Calatrava, 21
Casa Gonzalez – Three generations of Pacos have kept this neighborhood wine bar thriving through war and famine. Today it is a gathering point for young and old in the Huertas neighborhood of Madrid. They serve a wide selection of wines by the glass from every corner of Spain along with rustic open-faced sandwiches piled with artisan cheeses and meats from villages across the country. Calle Leon, 12.
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If variety is what you are looking for, these wine bars are for you! They have some of the longest wine lists in the city. While most of the wines served are Spanish, these two bars are some of the only places in Madrid that also serve a wide selection of bottles from around the world.
Angelita – Hidden just off of Madrid’s main avenue, Gran Via, Angelita is an oasis for wine lovers. Their wine list is one of the longest and most diverse in the city featuring 1,000+ bottles. They serve 40+ wines by the glass and pair them with seasonal dishes featuring vegetables from the family garden. Calle de la Reina, 4.
Taberna Averias – This small tavern on the trendy Calle Ponzano was nearly impossible to squeeze into in pre-pandemic times. The names and regions of the more than 500 wines they serve are scrawled on chalkboards that cover the walls from bar to ceiling. It’s best to just describe what you’re looking for and allow the experts behind the bar to fish out a gem for you. Calle Ponzano, 16.
These bars are packed with locals regardless of whether it is a Wednesday afternoon or a Saturday night! They are small and full of character. Not to mention, they serve incredible wines!
La Fisna – Nestled in the Lavapies neighborhood, La Fisna is everything you could want from a neighborhood wine bar. A small shop in the back offers a wide range of unique labels, the exposed brick bar area reminds you how historic this neighborhood is and the wine list reads like a wishlist of hard-to-find references served by the glass.
La Antojá – This tiny wine bar in the Chamberí neighborhood is where every great tapas night out should start. There is a huge selection of both classic and unconventional Spanish wines by the glass along with small bites to get the evening started. Calle Palafox, 1.
Dis Tinto Taberna – Whether it is a quick post-work drink or an hours-long, many-course dinner, Dis Tinto Taberna is the place to be for wine lovers in the Cortes neighborhood. If you’re lucky, you can grab a seat at one of their 4 high-top tables outside overlooking the Palace Hotel and the Basilica de Jesus de Medinaceli. Calle Duque de Medinaceli, 12.
The natural wine movement is growing at lightning speed in Madrid. In just the past year, half a dozen new natural wine bars and shops have popped up throughout the city. Our three favorites feature that rare combination of great wine, extremely friendly sommeliers and fantastic food.
Garage Bar – Occupying two stalls in the Anton Martin market, Garage Bar opened in summer 2021 with one of the best selections of natural wines in the city. This is their second location after the huge success of their original bar in Barcelona. The food is also incredible but portions are very small. Inside the Mercado Antón Martin on Calle Santa Isabel, 5, Local 24 y 25.
FOUR – This recently opened wine bar has arguably the best outdoor seating in the city. Tucked under a shade tree in the gorgeous Plaza Biombo, FOUR is the type of place you want to spend the whole afternoon. Besides a robust by-the-glass list of natural wines, FOUR also serves specialty coffee and toasts featuring bread from the local sourdough bakery. Calle Calderon de La Barca, 8
La Cruda – Nowhere else in Madrid can you get the match made in heaven that is a traditional menu del día (aka 3-course lunch menu) served with natural wine on outdoor tables. La Cruda is the standalone restaurant started by Madrid’s natural wine pioneer, José Gonzalez. José was one of the first people to serve natural wine in Madrid from his stall in the San Fernando Market, Bendito Vinos y Vinilos. A trip to La Cruda or Bendito is a necessary pilgrimage for any natural wine lover visiting Madrid. La Cruda (Divino Vallés, 28), Bendito (Inside the Mercado San Fernando on Calle Embajadores, 41)
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