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Casa Granada – Rooftop Sundays

Casa Granada is one the best kept secrets on the Madrid bar scene. Peering down over the delightful Plaza Tirso de Molina on the edge of the Lavapies barrio, it is a little haven from the city. This is where the “Domingueros” (the Sunday people) gather to eat and drink like kings. In classic Madrid style, the best bars have the worst design. Stainless steel, dirty floors and plastic tablecloths: These are all signs of a quality establishment and should be your benchmark for every tapas bar you enter.

Casa Granada is a Stripped Back Travel top choice, which is why we’re not going to tell you exactly where it is. Like us, you will just have to stumble across it.

The outside of the bar is an ‘L’ shaped terrace with fantastic views of La Latina, particularly at sunset. This is in hot demand and there are strict rules about getting your place. Be nice to the staff!

What’s nice about Casa Granada is that unless you know its there, you will never find it. The bar is tucked up on a rooftop out of site and the entrance is through an inconspicuous doorway on the side of the street. Successful entry depends on whether or not you push the right doorbell from the selection of unmarked ringers on the drab grey wall outside. Then you have to brave the terrifying lift journey to the roof. We strongly advise no more than 4 at a time.

The tapas here are pretty good, but it’s filling and greasy. The unbelievably hard working waiters spend every hour of every day racing back and forth, trying to suppress the insatiable appetites of the Granada clients with more tapas and more beer than you can sling a bull at. The favourite drink for the locals is pacharan, a Spanish liqueur made from sloes; a great way to digest your meal that will send you well on your way.

Food wise, we recommend you try out the sharing platters, and the tasty empanadas and croquetas that come for free with a caña will also keep you going.

Casa Granada is a Stripped Back Travel top choice, which is why we’re not going to tell you exactly where it is. Like us, you will just have to stumble across it.

SBT says dine on: Sharing platter.
SBT says wine on: Pacharan digestif.

Come here if: You want to be in on the secret
Don’t come here if: You’re scared of heights or dodgy lifts
When? Every day 1200 – 0000 Where? Plaza Tirso de Molina, 28012 Madrid

Phone: 914 20 08 25


 



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