La Vaca Austera

Bar
La Vaca Austera Although there are still a handful of bars and clubs in Madrid that were at the forefront of the counter-culture upheaval of La Movida after the end of the Franco dictatorship, few of them have retained their edge and flair... Madrid Spain 40.4263052 -3.7032101
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La Vaca Austera - Bar in Madrid.
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Adriana
Jonah
Emma

Party Earth Review Although there are still a handful of bars and clubs in Madrid that were at the forefront of the counter-culture upheaval of La Movida after the end of the Franco dictatorship, few of them have retained their edge and... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Tribunal

  • Hours:

    Daily 9pm–2:30am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth La Vaca Austera Review

The Scene

Although there are still a handful of bars and clubs in Madrid that were at the forefront of the counter-culture upheaval of La Movida after the end of the Franco dictatorship, few of them have retained their edge and flair...

Although there are still a handful of bars and clubs in Madrid that were at the forefront of the counter-culture upheaval of La Movida after the end of the Franco dictatorship, few of them have retained their edge and flair as well as La Vaca Austera.

Dark and mellow, the bar draws a clientele of colorful locals that keep the underground Spanish culture of thirty years ago alive and well.

Simple and functional, the venue consists of a front bar where friendly patrons chat all night with the laidback bartenders, as well as a lounge in the back with a pool table.

Décor is limited to cluttered shelves of liquor bottles and a large red-and-white cattle crossing sign – presumably a nod to the Austere Cow of the bar’s name – but no one seems to care as the customers La Vaca Austera are much more interested in conversation and alternative rock.

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Tip from Jonah:

The bartenders and older patrons are really cool and are full of stories from the wild days of La Movida, so feel free to strike up a conversation.

  • Crowd

    Sociable bohemian regulars, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A mix of anything from rock to jazz to new wave, depending on the bartender’s mood.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Drinks €3–€7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays after 11pm.

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