Minimalist is not a word to describe this place and that’s just part of its charm. Not trendy, not classic, and not vintage and yet La Perileja has endured even these past few months. Cava Baja street is having a hard time this year because there is no place for outdoor terraces, but if there is one place to feel the city’s vibe, it’s this picturesque bar.
Music is always playing, mostly old Spanish songs – it feels almost like a karaoke joint to me. The food is typically Spanish: tapas, tostas, and all the dishes we love. Portions are generous, which is not always the case, and every other drink you can think of is available. I recommend having vermouth with my favorite summer treat: “salmorejo”, and just enjoy the colorful atmosphere. I would describe this place as baroque, flamboyant if you will, filled with pictures, mirrors, candles, and frames all over the walls.
If you are looking for a relaxed, yummy, and local experience but also for a colorful, loud, and full of music night out in one of my favorite areas in Madrid, this tavern is your spot. Also, know that the staff is incredibly nice, they can speak English and the menu is totally price friendly. You will love it!