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Tuesday 20th of November 2018
Polly Ackroyd 4th of August 2012 by admin 4th of August 2012
A night on the tiles

Fancy a bar crawl that makes you feel above everyone else? hits the high life at four of Madrid’s rooftop terraces

As the city’s bright blue sky slowly fades, and, if you’re fortunate, a cool breeze diminishes the temperature, how best to escape the noise and traffic of the street? Let your eyes reach for the skies, and head not to the hills, but to the roofs.

Casa de Granada
The night begins in Casa de Granada (C/Doctor Cortezo, 17, Metro: Tirso de Molina). Looking at the doorway at street level, it seems unlikely there is a rooftop option, but upon taking the elevator to the 6th floor one is greeted with an authentic, unpretentious neighbourhood bar that just happens to be on the top of a building. After a short wait, we are given a table on the terrace which, while fairly small and narrow, offers spectacular views over the tiled roofs of Tirso de Molina and Lavapiés. We line our stomachs in preparation for our evening of terrace-hopping with some generous and well-priced servings of croquetas, bravas and tortilla de patata.
People watching: Good—foreigners and locals, old and young.
Romance: Not ideal—due to the proximity of the tables everyone else on the terrace would be able to hear the sweet nothings you whisper to your date.

Hotel ME Reina VictoriaHotel ME Reina Victoria
After Casa de Granada we meander up Calle Doctor Cortezo to Plaza Benavente, turn right and after a few hundred metres are in Plaza Santa Ana, the location of the next stop on our crawl: the Hotel ME Reina Victoria. This Madrid landmark houses an iconic rooftop terrace, cunningly named The Roof. After a short wait to get in, a sleek elevator whisks us to the 7th floor where we purchase some gin and tonics at the higher end of the price scale, then sit back and enjoy the comfy couches, low lighting and a projection of the latest Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on the hotel’s famous corner tower. After managing to drag the male contingent of our party away from that, we check out the other views on offer, which are spectacular. Looking out beyond Plaza Santa Ana and the rooftops of central Madrid you can see the iconic buildings of Gran Vía and the green expanse of Retiro in the distance.
People watching: Very good—before the light gets too dim, keep an eye out for any celebs that may have strayed from the VIP bar.
Romance: Excellent—the low lighting creates an ambience of intimacy and there are plenty of couches to get comfy and cosy with your date.Mercado San Antón

Hotel Ada Palace
Heading back down to Plaza Santa Ana, we manage to avoid getting dragged by ‘public relations’ people into one of the hundreds of bars in that zone, and make our way north on foot to the junction of Calle Alcalá with Gran Vía, to the Hotel Ada Palace (Gran Vía, 2. Metro: Banco de España). This time there is no wait, and another sleek elevator takes us to the terrace, where more gin and tonics are purchased. The terrace has a similar vibe to the Hotel ME: dim lighting, white couches where you can nestle in for the evening, similarly priced drinks, and of course amazing views of central Madrid’s splendid buildings. There are fewer people which seem to give it a touch of exclusivity.
People watching: Good—the crowd is slightly less boisterous but there are still lots of glamorous people to see.
Romance: Again, excellent—couches and subdued lighting, plus the romance of seeing Gran Vía from above.

Mercado San Antón
Strolling out of the Ada Palace towards Chueca, the final stop is the trendy Mercado San Antón (C/Augusto Figueroa, 24, Metro: Chueca). The market stalls have  closed by the time we arrive but the terrace bar stays open until the small hours. This terrace is by far the hippest and hipsterest: think guys in skinny jeans and people wearing thick-rimmed and vintage-looking glasses. After fighting our way to the bar and finally getting our delicious mojitos we share a miniscule table with a few other groups. It is generally advised that if you want a seat on this very ‘cool’ terrace you should arrive at around 1pm, not 1am! The crowd creates a great atmosphere, and the views over the roofs, and into the windows, of one of Madrid’s most beloved barrios are worth having to elbow a few hipsters to get your drink.
People watching: Excellent—lots of interesting fashion choices among the set that frequent this spot.
Romance: Poor—due to the noise produced by the large number of people, you may find yourself having to yell at your date which may make it difficult to hit that romantic note.

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