Madrid has always had a vibrant bar scene – and its cocktail bars have always stood with the best from the heyday of the American invasion of Hemingway and Sinatra of the 1950s to the modern chic of today.
According to the World´s Best Bar list, Madrid now counts with 3 cocktail bars among the 100 best in the world.
In fact its been a bumper year for Spain, with more bars in the list than ever before, and more than any other European country.
Taking four spots on the list, Barcelona’s Paradiso is at No.3, the highest a Spanish bar has ever been, and Two Schmucks climbed 15 places to No. 11.
Madrid’s Salmon Guru, which won the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award, is at No. 24, and Sips, Barcelona, is at No. 37.
Previously Spain has never had a bar in the top 12, making it the best year ever for Spanish bars.
The World’s 50 Best Bars is an annual list that each year chooses the best cocktail bars in the world through the vote of 600 experts from the beverage industry located in different parts of the world.
For 2021, The World’s 50 Best Bars made a variety of changes to adapt to the impact of the pandemic.
Due to limited travel opportunities throughout much of 2020 and 2021, the voting guidelines and voting requirements were re-evaluated to reflect this.
As in previous years, voting remained anonymous and secure, and the voting process and results were independently adjudicated by Deloitte.
The full lists can be seen here : Worlds Best Cocktail Bars 2021
Madrid´s finest are:
No.24 Salmon Guru
This bar considers itself “Crazy Nature” with eccentric drinks and originality in the decoration of the place with lights and neon colours.
Situated on Echegaray, no 21, this bar, says the judges, has an impeccable level of execution when preparing its cocktails combined with a unique extravagance that distinguishes its drinks.
No.84 1862 Dry Bar
In Malasaña, Calle del Pez, 27, a long time favourite of the Madrid Metropolitan team – they enter the Top 100 for the first time.
1862 is characterized by offering “Cocktails with History”, bringing its clients the most classic cocktails, recovering original recipes and techniques that gave rise to the art of mixology.
Built in 1862, its menu is made up of 30 different formulas; Mint julep, Gin Fizz, to name a few, and a Hidden Cocktail Menu with even older combinations for customers looking for more elaborate cocktails.
No.98 Savas Bar
Situated in edgy Lavapiés, C. de la Sombrerería, 3, it has not only managed to enter the list for the first time, but also won the award for best establishment in the category of Bars and Drinks awarded by the Gastronomic Academy of Madrid.
This cocktail bar considers itself “very neighbourhoodly” which is reflected in its clientele and ambience.