Afterwork Play! Amy Shia Goes In Search Of The “Six Of The Best” Happy Hour Spots In Madrid!
Unlike their British and American counterparts, the Spanish do not have traditional Happy Hour culture.
However, workin’ 9 to 5 (to recall the ever effulgent Dolly P track) sometimes does require a brilliant spot to
have a sit down and drink between 5 to 9 (possibly until past midnight – we are in Spain after all!)
We recommend SIX spots in Madrid where you can have a refreshing beer or cocktail at a reasonable price.
Address: Costanilla de los Desamparados, 21, 28014 Madrid
Times: Food 1- 4pm (Fri-Sun), 6 – 12am (Tues, Wed & Sun), 6pm- 1am (Thurs) ; 6pm-2am (Fri &
This restaurant bar is conveniently situated in the Las Letras neighbourhood and only 5 minutes
away from the metro station, Anton Martin. If you are looking for a comfortable, unpretentious place
to unwind with some tapas, then this is the perfect spot. The best deal is on Thursdays where
you can get a 50% discount on second jar of sangria or beer!
WEST 42nd Restaurant & Cocktails
Address: Calle de Lagasca, 11, 28001 Madrid
Times: Mon-Thurs 8am-1am, Friday 8am-2am, Saturday 11am-2am
West 42nd is the crosspoint between Broadway and Times Square in New York, and the influence
of the city that never sleeps is reflected in the modern and stylish decor of this establishment.
Situated in the fancy Salamanca neighbourhood, this is the spot for classy afterwork drinks. The
best deal is 2×1 cocktails from Monday to Friday 5pm-8pm.
Address: Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 47
Times: Sun-Wed (10am-1am; Thurs-Sat 10-2.30am)
Conveniently situated in the hip area of Malasana is one of the coolest bars in town. Upon the wall
hangs Andy Warhol art, and the photos in the toilets are worth a peek too! Not only does the bar
serve some of the most delicious smoothies and frozen daiquiris in town, but also deliver yummy
bagels and other light bites from its exquisite menu. Pop in for the occasional exhibitions too.
Enjoy the benefit of 2×1 on cocktails and beers during its happy hour (7pm-12am).
Address: Calle de San Vicente Ferrer, 33, 28004 Madrid
Times: Mon-Thurs (1pm-1am) ; Fri 1pm-2.30am; Sat 12-2:30am; Sun 12pm-1am
Fusion has finally arrived in Madrid! What do you get when you combine the cool style of Chicago
with the hot flavours of Mexico – the tacos, burritos and plates at Toast Malasaña! This is a great place
for craft beers, 2x1s on cocktails for the Happy Hour and a generous dining experience.
JAMES JOYCE IRISH PUB
Address: Calle de Alcalá, 59, 28014 Madrid
Times: Mon-Wed and Sun12pm-12am; Thurs 12pm-2am; Fri and Sat 12-2:30am)
Located beside Plaza de la Cibeles, you will find yourself drinking near a central landmark with a
truly wonderful and international community. This establishment is one of the most popular places
to grab a Guinness, loosen the tie and watch your favourite Premier League team in the city. Take
advantage of the live music that’s held Friday-Sunday, and enjoy the Happy Hour deal of 2
cocktails for 10 euros! (Monday – Thursday 3pm-8pm) Each month they also have a beer of the
month deal- now consider that they have a range of international beers from Paulaners to Fosters,
you might get to grab a great beer!
THE PASO BAR
Address: Costanilla de Capuchinos, 1, 28004 Madrid
Times: Mon-Sun 8pm-3pam
Situated in the gay-friendly neighbourhood of Chueca is this cool addition to bars in Madrid with
great Happy Hour offers. Between 8-12am, take advantage of the great 2×1 cocktail deals,
modern ambience and great music to dance to if you feel like swinging your hips after a long, hard
day at work.
Front Cover Photo Credit: Felipe Benoit