Right in the centre, this is the only bar I know in Madrid that has an old boot hanging from the door mechanism – it swings about whenever anyone comes in or goes out. It’s one of my favourite places to go for a drink before or after the nearby cinema.
There’s bullfighting memorabilia everywhere, which is fascinating to see even if you aren’t a fan of the sport. It doesn’t look like much from outside, but inside it’s a cosy, cave-like hideaway. If you get there early and are lucky enough to find a stool to perch on, you could end up staying all night!
I usually order mugs of beer (called a “jaña” here), but they also have sangria and a few good wines. They always bring tapas with your drink, but I recommend ordering a few “tostas” if you’re feeling peckish. They are very generous in size – simple ingredients, but very tasty! My favourite is the “Especial Matador”, which has ham, tomato, melted cheese, and herbs on top.