Chapandaz

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Chapandaz A local bar frequented by Madrid's college students, Chapandaz offers reasonably priced cocktails served in glasses the size of goldfish bowls to barhoppers looking for a drinking experience with a Spanish flair. Madrid Spain 40.4343295 -3.7172978
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Chapandaz - Bar in Madrid.
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Party Earth Review A local bar frequented by Madrid’s college students, Chapandaz offers reasonably priced cocktails served in glasses the size of goldfish bowls to barhoppers looking for a drinking experience with a Spanish flair. Although... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 8:30pm–late

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Chapandaz Review

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A local bar frequented by Madrid's college students, Chapandaz offers reasonably priced cocktails served in glasses the size of goldfish bowls to barhoppers looking for a drinking experience with a Spanish flair.

A local bar frequented by Madrid’s college students, Chapandaz offers reasonably priced cocktails served in glasses the size of goldfish bowls to barhoppers looking for a drinking experience with a Spanish flair.

Although the bar itself is not subterranean, Chapandaz has taken the concept of the basement “cave bars” for which Madrid is famous and given it a literal interpretation with low ceilings, jagged and mottled walls, and dripping faux stalactites that create the look of a natural cave.

Old-fashioned lanterns on the walls and hidden inside the crevices of the stone add to the unique environment and lend the bar a dark mystique.

Obscure caves notwithstanding, the atmosphere is decidedly upbeat as hordes of pleasure-seeking students from both Madrid and abroad pack the two mini-cave rooms or lounge at the huge curved bar that dominates the main room.

Besides the oversized drinks, patrons can indulge in the bar’s specialty, leche pantera (panther milk) – a strangely delicious mixture of gin and cinnamon combined with a flowing stream of milk poured directly from the artificial rocks in at Chapandaz's ceiling.

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Tip from Lucas:

If you feel like dancing, dance. If you feel like talking, talk. If you feel like downing three liters of beer for €12, go right ahead. That’s what’s great about Chapandaz!

  • Crowd

    Young madrileños and international students, 18 and up.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Spanish and international hits.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Beer €3–€5, mixed drinks €4–€20 depending on the size.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends are packed with people stopping by before heading out to late-night venues. Tuesdays through Thursdays are good for a low-key vibe.

Chapandaz User Reviews

Average rating:
Rite of passage
Jake S. Jun 4, 2013
If you're a study abroad or Erasmus student, then you know El Chapandaz or the cave bar as it is commonly - and mistakenly - referred. The decor might be cheesy with the cave like roof, but they make it work, especially when they make their famous Leche de Pantera (Panther Milk) drink which shoots a milky alcohol from its ceiling. Music is bleh, even for Madrid standards, but there is always a crowd, drinks are priced fairly, the neighborhood is home to many students and it's not far from the city center which make it a safe bet for starting your night. If you're a student you have likely already been here at least 3-4 times in your first two weeks and swore by it every weekend. Although even if you are a seasoned Madrid vet, if you're in the area and bored on a Tuesday, Chapandaz is worth scoping out as it still gives the party vibe even early in the week. Unlike many other student bars it hasn't succumbed to catering for only the international crowd and therefore it is still a decent Madrid nightspot.
A high concept party bar
Owen O. Feb 20, 2013
If you're looking for a great place to relax, talk and live the Madrileno lifestyle, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you like a free bottle of champaign on your birthday, top 40s dance hits, or a milk-infused drink poured from a false stalactite, then this is your place. Large cheap drinks and a party atmosphere make this a popular spot for study abroad students and Spaniards looking to practice English. In any other city, the face cave facade would be discerning. But here in Madrid, it's simply a tribute to the much calmer real "cave bars" through out the city. Warm up for the nightclub by stopping by Chapandaz for a quick party or stop by during the week for a fishbowl of "leche pantera" and some dancing. Either way, you'll find fun in this odd tribute to Madrid's history.
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