A classic on the Madrid scene since 1815, the Santa Bárbara chain of bars have renovated the interiors of their four establishments – a modernisation process that adapts to new demands but without losing the traditional flavour that has made them so popular. Furthermore, a new menu has been designed that combines traditional Spanish snacks, dishes and tapas with new concepts derived from current culinary trends.
What remains unchanged, impervious to the passage of time and fashions, is its exquisite beer.
Re-opening of the new Santa Bárbara bars in the city of Madrid
In order to present the new Santa Bárbara image, consisting of smart renovation work on its well-known establishments and new culinary designs, the chain of beer outlets organised a fiesta.
The “grand re-opening” party took place on 20 September last in the Plaza de Santa Bárbara. Apart from the spectacular Santa Bárbara venue itself, the event was co-hosted by Xavier Agulló, gastronomy journalist, winner of the 2007 National Gastronomy Award and regular patron of Santa Bárbara; and Tom Burns, political and economics analyst and journalist who was formerly part of the management team of the Recoletos Group and is currently the Managing Director of Ecofín. A member of various foundations, he has received the Order of the British Empire and is also a regular at Santa Bárbara (he even has his office in the building opposite).
The Santa Bárbara chain of bars, pillars in Madrid of tradition, quality and adaptability – both in terms of its offer and changes in society - were first opened way back in 1815. That alone seems incredible but even more when one realises that 1815 was also the year that saw the start of Napoleon’s decline, with his defeat at Waterloo while Rothschild was busy amassing his fortune on the London Stock Exchange making use of his “insider information” on this outcome.
… and Santa Bárbara opened a bar in Madrid. From that day forth, the name of Santa Bárbara has also become legendary. Legendary for its beer, accepted as the best poured and the most perfect in the country; legendary for its famous tapas and bar snacks, enjoying the same prestige as the beer; legendary for its social importance as a place to rub shoulders with so many locals, celebrities and new faces…
and Santa Bárbara opened a bar in Madrid. From that day forth, the name of Santa Bárbara has also become legendary. Legendary for its beer, accepted as the best poured and the most perfect in the country; legendary for its famous tapas and bar snacks, enjoying the same prestige as the beer; legendary for its social importance as a place to rub shoulders with so many locals, celebrities and new faces.
The arrival of the 1950s started to see the Santa Bárbara name more closely associated with the intellectual and social circles of Madrid. Santa Bárbara became a place for social gatherings, discussions, conversations and brief encounters. Today, Santa Bárbara with its four establishments, its recent modernisation and new tapas menu, continues to be a not to be missed landmark in the city of Madrid.