Bodega de la Ardosa
It’s best to have some Spanish language skills set aside for the popular Bodega de la Ardosa, situated in the heart of the vibrant Malasaña district, just bordering the iconic Chueca neighborhood. This is an 1892 time-capsule, featuring walls lined with historic memorabilia, old-world drinks menus, and enough bottles to mark the passing years like the rings of a tree.
For a traditional bodega experience, this hole-in-the-wall institution and its inviting art deco neon sign are hard to pass up, just don’t expect much breathing room when it gets crowded as this is a small space favored by locals and primarily intended as a standing tapas bar. There is, however, a back room accessible by ducking under the bar itself – bad backs beware! Finally, be sure to try the highly-favored Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette) to top off an authentic Spanish experience.