Stop Madrid is a wine bar with character. It’s one of the 20 oldest bars in the city, and you can taste wines from different regions all around Spain by the glass. There are around 40 to choose from! The wines are written up on chalkboards around the bar, but if the large list of names leaves you feeling dazed and confused, like it does me, don’t hesitate to ask the waiters for some advice. They are old-school Madrileño waiters, so don’t be surprised if they sound a bit gruff – that’s just their way.
The bar itself is fascinating. You can tell it was a butcher’s shop in a former life from the tiled walls, and the cutting slab next to the bar. Wooden chairs and tables made from old barrels make the place feel quite homely. If you ask for a wine that they don’t have open on the bar yet that evening, watch the waiter take the bottle down from the high shelves with a long-armed grasping tool.
And don’t forget to look at the menu if you fancy something savoury to accompany your wine. I always order the tomato and garlic salad, and a canapé or two. The melted camembert is delicious!
Stop Madrid now has two new branches: c/Atocha 73 and c/Alberto Alcocer 32. The original one still has the most charm though!