Are you ready for the weekend, and the warm temperatures summer brings along? I sure am, especially after discovering some of the most amazing rooftop bars in Madrid. A challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable task. After all, Madrid has more bars than Sweden and Norway (together!) or so I’ve been told!
There’s one (or more!) for every occasion. An after-lunch coffee with colleagues, a tinto de verano in the afternoon with friends, or a cocktail evening with the besties, you’ve got it. And if you want to do a rooftop hopping like we did, go ahead and do it! It’s summer after all! Continue reading to find out more about my top 4 Rooftop Bars in Madrid for 2015, and a couple more on my to-do list for next time!
THE HAT’s HOSTEL ROOFTOP
EL JARDIN SECRETO DE SALVADOR BACHILLER
In the heart of Madrid, right up Montera Street, there’s a Salvador Bachiller store that has much more to it than the eye let’s through. If you take the lift to the 2nd floor, you’ll be greeted by a lovely hostess. If you are lucky, they’ll let you through immediately, if not you’ll get a chip that will blink when your table is ready. Either way, the wait is absolutely worth it.
On the pricier side, this hidden rooftop terrace is a delight. Super exclusive place, it’ll make you feel like a VIP. Every detail taken care of. Greenery and flowers everywhere, and even a garden swing, it’s a garden in all its glory, the envy of Edward Scissorshands. To go with it, the drink menu comes as a papyrus roll in a birdhouse, and a lovely food menu in fashionably deteriorated brown leather blocks with old photos of Madrid. It’ll make you want to take it all home with you. It is specially wonderful on extremely hot summer days. Thanks to the water sprinklers, El Jardin Secreto de Salvador Bachiller is kept fresh and cool even at 40ºC.
up the street from Puerta del Sol)
ROOFTOP BAR @ THE PRINCIPAL MADRID HOTEL
GAU & CAFÉ
(UPDATE 12. Aug. 2017: Unfortunately closed, for the time being, I’ll keep you posted when it re-opens!)
Also known as Terraza del Gaudeamus, Terraza de la UNED, or Escuelas Pias by the locals. This rooftop bar is actually the cafeteria at the building of the National University of Distance Education in Spain (UNED). And for as little as 2.80€ you can get the biggest most delicious glass of Tinto de Verano (red wine with lemon soda) I’ve ever tried! Even tho Gau & Café is a popular rooftop bar in Madrid for an afternoon coffee, they also serve dinners. A set menu costs 28€ per person and for an extra 7€ you can have open wine/soft drinks/water bar, but make sure to book in advance (HERE)
Gau & Café is open Monday to Friday from 11 am to midnight (Saturdays from 1:30 pm to midnight and Sundays is closed)
Calle Tribulete 14, 4ª Planta Edificio Escuelas Pias, Madrid
(A short walk from Metro Stops Lavapiés or Embajadores)