Cocktail Bar / British Restaurant / Wine Bar
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The Spanish in general love to drink, so you would think there would be a ton of Madrid wine bars to drop in on throughout this vibrant (and booze-loving) city. For the true wine connoisseur, however, wine bars in Madrid are sadly lacking. Ask a local where to get a good bottle of wine and they’ll more than likely point you to one of the city’s endless supply of tapas bars – which are almost literally on every corner – and where pitchers of tasty but nonetheless fairly non-distinct reds and whites keep bellies warm and spirits high (and wallets full).
Some of the notable Madrid wine bars that work hard to expand denizens’ palates include Casa Lucas near Plaza Mayor, which has a number of unique varietals at the ready and is usually full by 9pm, as well as nearby Taberneros which has been in business for decades and touts some incredibly popular dessert wines on its large drinks list.
Pinkleton over in Mercado de San Miguel is also a great spot to get a few bottles without breaking the bank, and the surrounding market makes it easy to buy a nice assortment of food to go with whatever bottle (or bottles) you decided to buy.
Certainly the less choosey will have no trouble finding a casual place to drink wine in Madrid, but the wannabe sommelier will have to do a little more searching when it comes to Madrid wine bars.