"Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night."
Or so said Ernest Hemingway, who adopted Spain's capital as his on-and-off home for almost 20 years. As you can imagine, the liquor-loving author's footsteps can hence be found all over the city but not more so than near Plaza de Santa Ana. If you're a fan of Hemingway's work or simply want to check out some of Madrid's oldest drinking establishments, then you must join other Trabblrs on this bar crawl!
The first stop is Cerveceria Alemana, a German-style beer hall that's reputed to have the best mug of draught in the city. A branded beer it is not; rather it's the "house" beer, a wheat beer served in a white mug. Grab a seat outdoors if the weather is right, otherwise make your way inside where you'll find a lively mix of locals and tourists. The tapas here receive high marks so line that belly!
Walking away from the Plaza on Calle del Prado, make a left on Calle de Echegaray and walk until you reach speakeasy-esque La Venencia. The specialty (and only thing they serve) here is jerez or sherry. Even if you're not a sherry fan, you should have a tasting to make Hemingway proud. Accompanying your drink with some tapas will help...just don't spit on the floor.
The third and final stop is Museo Chicote, a cocktail bar that'll seem like a trendy outlier. To get here, walk north to Gran Via 12. This art-deco classic was once popular with international journalists and makes strong classic and tropical cocktails that will mark the perfect end to a crawl and the beginning of a night out in Madrid!
Meeting point: Outside Cerveceria Alemana. The closest Metro stop is Anton Martin on the Blue / 1 Line.
Leaders, as you probably already know, Madrid's bars are open real late. But we recommend you start the bar crawl in the early evening.