The Principal Madrid has given the city an intimate new rooftop bar. So in celebration of stiff drinks and fresh air, we bring you three of our favourite sky-high terraces in the Spanish capital.
FOR INTIMATE ENCLAVES LA TERRAZA
WHERE The Principal Madrid
WHAT A newly opened, glass-walled, seventh-floor temple to tipples, with views that stretch (on a clear day, at least) to snow-capped mountains. And there’s plenty of shrubbery for added privacy.
DRINK For a fruity sharpener, try the triple orange G&T. For the best use of a coconut since the Swiss Family Robinson turned their hands to amateur architecture, we like the capucana con agua de cocos.
FOR HIGH GLAMOUR THE ROOF
WHERE ME Madrid
WHAT Cushion-covered wooden sofas, Instagram-friendly views and Madrid’s most sophisticated sippers in a bar created by US nightclub impresario (and Mr Cindy Crawford), Rande Gerber.
DRINK The mixologists take a controversial but invigorating step away from rum with their ‘mojitos’, using vodka, champagne, crème de cassis, sugar syrup, lemon, lime, sugar and mint.
FOR CONVIVIAL CORNERS GAU CAFE
WHERE Escuelas Pías
WHAT Possibly the most grown up university bar in western Europe, with a signless entrance hidden down a Lavapiés sidestreet and a casually convivial rooftop bar four flights up. There’s enough hubbub to provide an atmosphere, but the small tables ensure you don’t feel part of a crowd.
DRINK Firstly, drink in reminisces of your time in education. Did it involve convivial aperitifs under a warm evening sun, and views of a ruined 18th-century chapel? If not, address this immediately with a tall gin tonica, the drink of the moment among the city’s young thinkers.
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