September 2023 Wine and Rugby: evening in Madrid

by | Oct 21, 2023 | Food & Drink, International Travel, Travel

We dropped off the car at the airport and took an Uber into the city. After relaxing in the room for a bit, I stopped into ALE-HOP to look for comfy socks and found a pair of fluffy rainbow slippers for 5€! With that settled we headed out into the Madrid evening to try some spots on the north/west side of Centro that we hadn’t tried before.

1862 Dry Bar – We nabbed the last two open seats at the upstairs bar. The owner came over to us with menus and got us settled. Many classic cocktails available for 10€. Surprisingly, the drinks we ordered were premixed but still tasted good. The bartenders were mixing some drinks, so perhaps it’s just a few of the cocktails that are made ahead? We got the Looks Familiar and Vieux Carré to start, then split an Amaro Old Fashioned. Bonus: we met a couple from France and Chapel Hill – small world!

El MiniBar – It was so busy that it took about ten minutes to get seated even with a reservation – the space was buzzing and partially underground so it was warm! Two glasses each of house red for me and a verdejo for Eric. We got tapas portions of the crispy boar rolls, melted goat cheese with bread, and fried chicken strips and sauces. Everything we had was delicious, definitely recommended.

And since we were nearby we stopped at the famous Chocolatería San Ginés, for a hot chocolate and churros before heading back to hotel.

drink menu at 1862 Dry Bar; the line for churros

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Mallorca (Apr)
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London, UK (Sept)
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