Party Earth Review With its prime location on the corner of Plaza de Santa Ana and its façade of bamboo shutters and dried grass awnings, it’s hard to miss Mauna Loa, the only place in town that offers a truly Hawaiian experience and fabulous... ... read full review
Plaza de Santa Ana, 13
91 429 70 62
M–Th, Su 7pm–2am, F–Sa 7pm–3am
Sol (El Centro), Madrid –
With its prime location on the corner of Plaza de Santa Ana and its façade of bamboo shutters and dried grass awnings, it’s hard to miss Mauna Loa, the only place in town that offers a truly Hawaiian experience and fabulous tropical drinks.
Although patrons are greeted in the bar by the sounds of exotic birds and an elaborate décor of lush plants and colorful lighting, the real attraction is downstairs, where a multilevel series of labyrinthine stairs and cave-like rooms leads visitors into what appears to be the belly of a volcano – or, rather, a Mountain of Fire, as the name of the bar suggests.
Dark and exotic, the underground bar is perfect for a date, but there are always plenty of larger, fun-loving groups hanging out and mingling in the various little nooks.
The cool nighttime Pacific atmosphere creates a true island vibe that keeps the international clientele upbeat and cheery all night long – and the Fuerte Volcanoes don’t hurt, either. Made for two to eight people, the famous drink is served in a smoking volcano and meant to be communally sipped through long straws.
And to add to the already jovial, welcoming atmosphere, the wait staff at Mauna Loa piles every table with free olives, ham, peanuts, and tapas, and gives all the ladies flowers, cocktail umbrellas, and leis.
Cheerful and outgoing, 20s and 30s.
Mostly pop hits from the 80s and 90s.
Free tapas when everyone at the table orders a drink.
Fuerte Volcano €6/person, Hawaiian cocktails €6+.
Mauna Loa always promises a good time, though weekends around 10pm can be particularly crowded.