Madrid Pubs Overview

O’Connell St. - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in Madrid

One of the biggest (if not the biggest) party cities in Spain, Madrid never seems to find time to settle down, and the pubs in Madrid make sure anyone in need of an unpretentious round of beer will not have to travel far.

It’s been argued that Madrid has more bars and pubs than any other European city, and even if that probably isn’t true, nobody will be lacking for a pub in Madrid. After all, the people in this city love to party long into the night, and what better place to prime a late-night party than at a quiet pub?

Gran Vía, the city’s central thoroughfare, is always open for business, and along this stretch are plenty of nice Irish pubs where frothy pints of Guinness are poured properly and shamrocks cover all the walls. Students frequent the chill pubs in Alonso Martínez and Ciudad Universitaria, while long-standing neighborhood pubs are plentiful in Barrio de las Letras, Paseo del Prado, Lavapiés, and Puerta del Sol.

And of course, Madrid’s large gay population gets in on the fun pub scene too, as do the bohemians who tend to dominate the subtly cool and stylish pubs in La Latina. It doesn’t matter what neighborhood of Madrid you find yourself in, for even though Madrid pubs aren’t as plentiful as tapas bars, they still enjoy a strong showing and the devoted following of many regular patrons.

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