Bodega La Ardosa

Address: Calle Colon 13, Madrid, 28004, Spain
Telephone: 91 521 4979

- Budget

4.4

Tasty traditional tapas in an authentic bar.

Dating back more than 100 years, the Ardosa is a much-loved Madrid institution. With its red paintwork and smoked glass sign, it is as traditional as it gets. You either sit on stools around barrels or stand at the bar, and often have to elbow your way in.

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Service
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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
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Food and drink

The fabulous homemade tapas include arguably the best tortilla (potato omelette) in Madrid, served in individual portions. The salmorejo (a thicker version of gazpacho) with bits of ham is wonderful, as are the croquettes with cabrales blue cheese and the cecina (cured beef). The draught beer is first class, and they also offer a good pint of Guinness - which attracts quite a few Brits. There is a range of wines by the glass, and draught vermouth too. Open from breakfast time till late, it's really worth seeking this place out.

Ambience

With rows of bottles behind the wooden bar and old photos on the walls, the Ardosa is full of character. Always busy with a mix of locals and visitors of all ages.

Service

Friendly and helpful.

Location

Just off Calle Fuencarral in Malasana.

Price advice

You can have breakfast here for around 3 euros. For something more brunch-like, expect to pay 8-10 euros. Tapas range from 3 to around 12 euros.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • No fuss

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