Where out for a drink in Madrid?

Madrid, “the city that never sleeps”, they say… the neon lights illuminate Madrid’s ‘GRAN’ Vía, turning it into a unique version of Broadway. It’s the other side of the city, full of theatres, nights out, dinner, and of course drinks.

In summer, the city forgets the stress and the warm nights tempt you to head out onto the street and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Here’s our guide to the most exclusive cocktail bars and glamorous outdoor terraces, perfect to enjoy a drink in good company.

Platea, drinks in the heart of the Salamanca district

The Salamanca district is pure luxury, the area where the finest restaurants decide to make their home. In front of the Plaza de Colón, on Calle Goya, we’d recommend you discover Platea, a gastronomic leisure venue the size and grandeur of which is blended with attention to the finest detail.

In the upper amphitheatre you’ll find a cocktail bar designed by barmen Diego Cabrera and Luca Anastasio. From up there you can see the entire venue, giving you the feeling of being in a real theatre, and you can also enjoy the live music on offer in Platea.

Platea Cocktail bar. / Photo: loleta.es.

* Platea Cocktail bar. / Photo: loleta.es.

Just 10 minutes away you’ll find the hotel Vincci Soma 4* offering a diverse menu in its restaurant, where the dishes combine elegance, modernity and Mediterranean cooking.

Vincci Soma 4*is right on Calle Goya, surrounded by shops and a wide range of leisure activities. The hotel has all types of rooms, from the Vincci XS to the Vincci Apartment or the Vincci Junior Suite, the terrace of which will give you incredible views over the privileged surroundings of its prime location. It also has a library and gym so you can enjoy your free time on holiday in Madrid exactly as you want to.

Suite terrace at the hotel Vincci Soma 4* Madrid.

*Suite terrace at the hotel Vincci Soma 4* Madrid.

The Círculo de Bellas Artes, an incredible viewpoint

The roof terrace of the Círculo de Bellas Artes is one of the most photographed and one of the most splendid in Europe. It’s a unique gastro-cultural initiative on the top of the Madrid Círculo de Bellas Artes, set in the most privileged of surroundings thanks to its location, the beauty of the building and the views. For many it’s the finest viewpoint in Madrid.

With the soft light of the setting sun, the city itself becomes the protagonist, while you delight in watching it, drink in hand. To the right is the Puerta de Alcalá and at your feet the beautiful Gran Vía, crowned by the iconic Metrópoli building.

Views from the rooftop terrace at the Círculo. / Photo: azoteadelcirculo.com

* Views from the rooftop terrace at the Círculo. / Photo: azoteadelcirculo.com

A few steps from this gem, you’ll find the hotel Vincci Centrum 4* Madrid, a welcoming hotel, where attention is paid to every detail. In the heart of the area known as the ‘Art Triangle’, you’ll be right beside the best museums in the city. Have a cup of coffee in the hotel’s Hall Lounge; it’s the perfect place to relax.

Hotel Vincci Centrum 4* Madrid.

* Hotel Vincci Centrum 4* Madrid.

Museo Chicote, a slice of history in the heart of Gran Vía

For more than 80 years people watchers have been gazing out of the windows of number 12, Gran Vía. It was 1931 when Perico Chicote decided to open his now legendary bar. All manner of famous people have passed through its doors, from Ava Gardner to Grace Kelly.

Lose yourself in the history of the place and of the Spanish capital and try the ‘Chicote’ cocktail, a mix of Gin, Vermouth and Grand Marnier.

 Museo Chicote. / Photo: drinksmotion.com.

* Museo Chicote. / Photo: drinksmotion.com.

And after a drink in such an iconic place, why not stay in somewhere equally emblematic, in the building whose the façade hosts the famous neon Schweppes advert. We’re talking about the Vincci Capitol 4* Madrid. A unique hotel with rooms and suites the decor and atmosphere of which comes right out of the cinema. Elvis might look down on you as you take a bath, or maybe you’ll be under Marilyn’s skirts! You’ll never forget staying here.

Bathtub in a room at the hotel Vincci Capitol 4* Madrid.

* Bathtub in a room at the hotel Vincci Capitol 4* Madrid.

And don’t forget to head up to the famous terrace of the Vincci Capitol 4*. From there you can look out over the lights of the Gran Vía, the ever-beating great artery through the city, which gives you a thrill just to look upon it.

View of Gran Vía from the terrace of the hotel Vincci Capitol 4*.

* View of Gran Vía from the terrace of the hotel Vincci Capitol 4*.

A bird’s eye view from the rooftop of the Palacio de Cibeles

In Madrid’s City Hall you’ll find one of the most exquisite rooftop terraces. Just open your eyes and gaze out… the Goddess Cibeles, the Puerta de Alcalá… a scene just made for your camera. The green neon lights soften the atmosphere, creating a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for a summer evening drink.

 Rooftop terrace at the Palacio de Cibeles. / Photo: Adolfo-palaciodecibeles.com

* Rooftop terrace at the Palacio de Cibeles. / Photo: Adolfo-palaciodecibeles.com

In the Barrio de las Letras (Neighbourhood of Letters), on the Paseo del Prado, is our hotel Vincci Soho 4*, guarded by a friendly gecko on its façade, created for the Art Fair ‘Decoracción’. It’s a special hotel, made up of five old buildings, right in the centre of Madrid’s art zone. The rooms are decorated with the greatest care and its terrace awaits you, mojito in hand.

Terrace at the hotel Vincci Soho 4* Madrid.

* Terrace at the hotel Vincci Soho 4* Madrid.

A drink at Madrid Río

The Madrid Río Park hosts the last of this post’s recommended outdoor terraces. The recently built bar is called Café del Río. In addition to offering you an extensive food menu you can enjoy a mojito, a daiquiri or whatever takes your fancy, as you take in the view over the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace. It’s magical chill-out in summer, right by the river, where you can enjoy a couple of drinks listening to live music.

Café del Río, Madrid. / Photo: singlesmadrid.es

* Café del Río, Madrid. / Foto: singlesmadrid.es

We invite you to come and discover the hotel Vincci Vía 66 4*, located by Plaza de España and close to Madrid Río. Its decor will take you back to the world of the theatre at the start of the 20th century, while its staircase will take your breath away. The rooms adapt to suit every type of person and its terrace also gives you views over Gran Vía. Beautiful!

Terrace of hotel Vincci Vía 66 Madrid

* Terrace of the hotel Vincci Vía 66 Madrid.

Remember that until the end of August on the terraces of the hotels Vincci Capitol 4*, Vincci Soho 4* and Vincci Vía 66 4* you can try a Damm Inedit, the beer created by award winning chef Ferran Adrià, along with three specially designed tapas, all with the city of Madrid as the backdrop and a perfect summer atmosphere.

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