5 places to enjoy a glass of vermut in Madrid
1) Bodega de la Ardosa
One of the original 36 bodegas that were founded since 1892, la Ardosa in Colón, where the vermouth is on tap, is one of the few that are still in operation and the most famous one with its red facade. The tradition of the (wine)red colour of the taverns goes back to the middle of the 19th century, when they were painted this colour so that most of the (illiterate) population would be able to identify the taverns.
2) Bodegas Ricla
Founded in 1863, this small bar hardly has any place to sit. It does, however, have two beautiful bars decorated with tiles and the walls are lined with beautiful jars and bottles of wine. Here you should have an Yzaguirre Vermouth. The cecina (thin slices of cured venison) is also worth a try.
3) Alipio Ramos
Alipio Ramos was founded in 1916, and has ever since sold wine and liquor in bulk. Decorated with old objects that bear witness to its history, such as old barrels of schnapps, a cash register, bottles and a board with the classification of the 1st and 2nd division football teams. A place for a casual weekend vermouth.
4) Stop Madrid
Originally opened as a ham and deli store in 1929, this place has succeeded in retaining its original appearance. The Marmol bars are stunning. Order a Miró Vermouth with a few tapas (check the blackboard for what’s available).
5) Angel Sierra
Located next to Chueca Square, this tavern, which was established in 1917, attracts a young crowd, especially around tapa time. A nice place for a glass of Reus Vermouth with pickled tuna and anchovies. In the second room, there is an interesting old wine cellar, with objects from the past and a nice collection of vintage vermouth bottles.
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