An appetiser
Santa Bárbara

Plaza de Santa Bárbara, 8.
Metro. Alonso Martínez
Opening hours: open every day.
Prices: tapas from 2.50 euros.
The grey hairs are starting to show, its true, but new times have arrived at this classic bar with a recently celebrated “change of image”. A renewed appearance and the perfection of their traditional Madrid tavern spirit. We use the term perfection because there are no shellfish, preserves and stews like those served at Santa Bárbara. And, of course, very few places in Madrid can pour a beer in the same way as the row of uniformed waiters that govern our bar.

Tapa's fair



In 1815, the year of Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, the first Santa Bárbara bar was opened at Plaza de Santa Bárbara nº 8 (+34 913 19 04 49. Never closes). Almost two centuries later, and with three more outlets dispersed about the city, it continues to be a traditional a landmark when it is time for an appetiser. This is sure to remain unchanged for years to come because these four establishments have recently re-opened with new interior designs that respect the look and flavours of the past and a new menu that includes new tapas, snacks and main courses, such as: Russian salad, morcilla de Burgos, high quality preserves, Iberian hams and cheeses, meatballs in sauce, and marinated fish, among others. Meanwhile, to drink, the offer is simple: the traditional poured beer, served as caña (20 cl), double (33 cl) or barro (50 cl and served in a ceramic mug), the head of which is said to be creamy, not frothy.

Rocío Navarro
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