Las Cuevas de Sésamo

Bar / Lounge
Las Cuevas de Sésamo Central Madrid is well known for its cueva bars (cave bars) – subterranean dens with arched ceilings and dim lighting where Spaniards have gathered for centuries to share drinks and noisy conversation. Madrid Spain 40.4160376 -3.7003186
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Las Cuevas de Sésamo - Bar | Lounge in Madrid.
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Party Earth Review Central Madrid is well known for its cueva bars (cave bars) – subterranean dens with arched ceilings and dim lighting where Spaniards have gathered for centuries to share drinks and noisy conversation. One such bar is... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Sol, Sevilla

  • Phone:

    91 429 65 24

  • Hours:

    Daily 7pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Las Cuevas de Sésamo Review

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Central Madrid is well known for its cueva bars (cave bars) – subterranean dens with arched ceilings and dim lighting where Spaniards have gathered for centuries to share drinks and noisy conversation.

Central Madrid is well known for its cueva bars (cave bars) – subterranean dens with arched ceilings and dim lighting where Spaniards have gathered for centuries to share drinks and noisy conversation. One such bar is Las Cuevas de Sésamo, particularly famous for being one of the best places to savor the traditional fruity red wine concoction known as sangria.

Not just a drinking joint, the bar also enjoys a reputation for its zeal for Spanish art and literature, as evidenced by an impressive collection of paintings and walls covered in fancy-font literary quotations from the likes of Cervantes and García Lorca.

On most nights, this artistic atmosphere is enhanced by a resident pianist who provides gentle background melodies.

Despite the high-brow theme, Las Cuevas de Sésamo is a fun and classy locale where Spaniards from all walks of life engage in loud and lively discussions in the series of small, intimate rooms or in the two larger caves.

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Tip from Emma:

If you go with a group, try to snag the small room just behind the stairs – it’s a bit cozier and has a cool ‘old Europe’ feel to it.

  • Crowd

    Mostly locals, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Resident piano player provides mellow background melodies most nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Sangria €10/pitcher.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends after 10pm.

Las Cuevas de Sésamo User Reviews

Average rating:
Sangria Soul
Evelyn F. Apr 8, 2013
So everyone goes to Spain and tries Sangria because Sangria is the stereotypical drink of Spain. However, what I have found at numerous places is an overpriced, overdose of sugar served in an under flavored drink. So, I steered away from Sangria until Las Cuevas came into my life and I very much fell in love with the drink and the authentic atmosphere where it was served. A local recommended to me Las Cuevas, to have a more “Spanish” experience than what I was finding in Sol. And so, down I went to the caves for a most pleasant evening. At the foot of the narrow stairs, I was greeted and ushered to a small table, with small stools to sit on. In some ways I felt that I was reenacting a miniature tea party, being a tall American, huddling down to sit and to sip out of miniature glasses. However, the experience was quite fun, the sangria exceptional, and the man playing the piano superb.
Great spot before taking on the rest of Sol
Arianna S. Mar 5, 2013
Las Cuevas is a great spot to go to to get your weekend started! It's situated in a perfect location, close to all that you could want on a night out. The sangria is amazing, and a jarra is the perfect price and size to share with a few friends. We went to celebrate a birthday on a Thursday night and were accommodated quickly enough, and were able to relax and share sangria and beer. Their mixed drinks are also fabulous options; I'd definitely recommend a gin and tonic! This was a great venue because of the fun, laid back ambiance and the proximity to both Sol and Lavapies.
Perfect for pre-drinks
Tansy B. Jan 24, 2013
The name Las Cuevas sounds innocent enough but be prepared for some lethally strong Sangria!! I don't know what exactly they put in it but it gets everyone drunk and ready to party. What more, a jug is around 12 euros and perfect to share between 4 so super good value. The only problem is that it is always busy, especially at the weekends and so finding a place to sit could be difficult but there's such a friendly atmosphere you can join with another party - no problemo!
Good bar
Jody P. Dec 11, 2012
There are a couple of cave bars that you will discover as you wander around Madrid and this is one of them. It is within walking distance of Plaza del Sol and thus is near a lot of other great bars and restaurants. Cuevas de Sesamo is usually pretty quiet and a good place to start the evening because you can sit and chat with your groups and, of course, drink sangria. The sangria here is really good and the place itself has a really chill vibe.
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