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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.

Principal Madrid boutique hotel rooftop bar


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.

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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.

Gau & Cafe Madrid


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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