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Madrid's best late-night bars

The Spanish capital is awash with lively bars, but how to sort the good from the tourist-traps? We've found the best for late night drinks, from those with cocktail creators to rooftop panoramas.

Madrid has more bars than any other city in the world, in fact there are six for every 100 inhabitants, so wherever you are in town you'll find something to suit your whims. We've scored them all (or most of them) and found the top five places where you can eat, drink and dance all night to the beat of this legendary city.

Sot

Sot, owned by Sergi Arola, is one of Madrid’s most charming bars, just downstairs from the chef’s restaurant. This secret underground bar reminds us of those in New York or London with dim mellow lighting. Enjoy a traditional cocktail or ‘vermut,’ the typical Spanish drink, while you swing to favourite 1980s music. The bar offers finger food, salads, ceviches, as well as a dish of the day steeped in Spanish tradition. www.sot.es

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Museo Chicote

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Probably one of Spain’s oldest cocktail bars, Museo Chicote has upheld the best of its history and glamour, with original furniture and design from 1931 that transports you back in time. The list of international celebrities who have enjoyed its cocktails is amazing: Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren... Its modern atmosphere, a wide variety of cocktails and lots of great music make this bar on Gran Via simply one of the best in town. www.museo-chicote.com

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Glass Bar

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Located in the Urban Hotel, an exclusive 5-star hotel in the capital, Glass Bar is an undeniably glamorous oyster bar. Its glass-dominated décor, featuring a beautiful Moroccan crystal chandelier as centrepiece and Philippe Starck’s ‘Ghost’ chairs, makes it an ideal venue at which to enjoy cocktails, champagne, an array of Japanese-inspired culinary delights, and last but not least, fresh oysters. A place to see and be seen. www.hotelurban.com

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Le Cabrera

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Does it get any better than cocktails and tapas? I don’t think so. At Le Cabrera, Sergi Arola is the mastermind behind the tapas menu and Diego Cabrera, the Argentinian mixologist is bound to mix you up something you’ll love with more than 60 cocktail options. Once the weather is a bit nicer, enjoy your food and drinks with friends out on the open-air terrace. www.lecabrera.com

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1862 Dry Bar

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Stop by 1862 Dry Bar for cocktails that you thought were in retirement, but are back and better than ever. Owner Alberto Martinez and staff put a modernised twist on vintage cocktails such as Gimlet, Sazerac, Moscow Mule, Manhattan and Old Fashioned. Taste your way through their extensive menu without feeling bad about spending all of your money on alcohol, as each drink is priced at €8. www.1862drybar.com 

1 Le Cabrera
2 1862 Dry Bar
3 Sot
4 Museo Chicote
5 Urban Hotel