Party Earth Review Iron-grated windows and a pair of simple round signs dress La Bardemcilla’s otherwise non-descript façade, giving little indication that the venue is the creation of one of Spain’s most famous thespians. Despite being... ... read full review
Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 47
91 521 42 56
M–F noon–4pm and 8pm–2:30am, Sa 8pm–2:30am
Malasaña / Chueca, Madrid –
Iron-grated windows and a pair of simple round signs dress La Bardemcilla’s otherwise non-descript façade, giving little indication that the venue is the creation of one of Spain’s most famous thespians.
Despite being owned by the renowned Bardem family – Oscar winner Javier, siblings Monica and Carlo, and their mother Pilar – this cozy tavern and café is the antithesis of a Hollywood haunt.
Afternoons see mellow young professionals sidling up to the small bar in the front room to snack on olives and sip Spanish wine as larger groups head past a pair of Carnival-esque papier-mâché heads to the dining area in back.
Framed photos and other paraphernalia on the walls outline the careers of the Bardems, so it’s not unusual to hear feisty madrileñas cooing at a blown-up movie poster as they snack on tapas like Croquetas Jamón-Jamón, one of several dishes named after Javier’s films.
Although a great place for a quiet meal early in the week, the venue is popular with party-bound locals come Friday, when every table is packed with birthday parties, romantic couples, and hip clubbers working through multiple course meals like lemon-smothered calamari and stuffed peppers.
Chances of spotting a dreamy actor are scant at La Bardemcilla, but Before Night Falls or to end an evening in Chueca, it’s a Biutiful setting to Eat, Pray, (and) Love Madrid.
Relaxed young professionals, seasoned Spanish diners, scattered groups of hopeful tourists expecting to get a glimpse of Javier, birthday groups, and festive locals starting a night out on the town, mid-20s to late 30s.
Playlist of feel-good music, mostly from the 70s and 80s. Impressive collection of posters and photos of Javier and his acting family.
Full menu of traditional Spanish cuisine including the self-proclaimed “best croquettas in the universe,” albondigas (meatballs), various tapas and salads, and a fine selection of local wine. The Medio Dia (midday) menu offers two appetizers, two mains, a drink, and dessert.
Bar food/snacks €2.50–€8.50, entrées €8.50–€18.50, Medio Dia €9.60. Beer €2–€5+, wine €3–€6+/glass or €13.50–€18+/bottle, cava (sparkling wine) €15+, cocktails €6–€10+.
Casual: everything from sneakers and sweaters to button-downs and graceful dresses.
Fridays and Saturdays for a full and festive house, though reservations are strongly recommended, or earlier in the week for a mellower air and a great glass of wine.
Just around the corner is Toni 2 (Calle del Almirante, 9), a laid-back piano bar/lounge and a local staple.