As soon as spring started to blossom we flew south for some serious tapas and craft beer bars in Madrid. From Friday morning all through till Sunday evening.

Remarkably, Madrid has a solid craft beer scene nowadays. As soon as we left our Airbnb flat we wandered the streets of Lavapiés. We were amazingly immersed in the Artesana Beer Week. The Commerce Association of Lavapiés hosts every year a craft beer festival where the local bars and vendors join to share their love for beer culture with the public.


First stop at 2pm was Chinaski. With a list of more than ten taps between local and international breweries, we had Man-darina Extra Pale Ale. Aromatic and Hoppy. The lovely guy behind the bar recommended us some of his favorite bars so Tess and I headed to El Pedal and we stayed there for a couple of hours soaking up the sun. This bar has no decoration or good furniture but great beers. Birra del Borgo’s ReAle Extra was definitely the best we had.

The Stuyck Co & Bodega Drakkar

The rest of the weekend we visited several other bars including The Stuyck Co with its cosmopolitan vibe and Bodega Drakkar located in Mercado Municipal de Vallehermosowith. There we drank a splendid sour from none other than Brouwerij Alvinne.

Casa Zoilo

Another bar that deserves to be mentioned is Casa Zoilo where you feel like in Andalucia with their azulejos on the wall and chaotic crowd. Beer is top-notch and prices are very good too.

Madrid can’t be compared to Barcelona in terms of craft beer bars but we definitely found a few spots that deserve the attention of all those craft beer enthusiastic. Highly recommended!


Here is our list of recommended craft beer bars: