Private members clubs, elite venues rooted in prestige and exclusivity which cater to only a small, selected group of people. Attaining membership isn’t easy, which is exactly why they are so alluring.
Most maintain their exclusive reputation through an application process that begins with recommendations by at least two current members followed by the club management’s approval. A wide variety of Spanish venues target different clientele, from the traditional British or thematic clubs, to private bars reserved for those few sybarites. Here are some of the top private members clubs in Spain...
Part of a larger group this private members club is housed in the stunning Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine Hotel in Barrio de Salamanca. The Craft enables its members to enjoy not only the club but also the hotel and its prestigious winery. C/Ortega y Gasset 21, 1a. Izquierda, 28006 Madrid, Tel. +34 91 432 16 42, www.clubthecraft.com
Matadar entrance, source: www.facebook.com/clubmatador
One of the coolest new clubs in Madrid. True to the spirit of Matador magazine, it’s a meeting place where professionals of all ages, origins, professional and cultural background come together, located on Jorge Juan Street. Calle de Jorge Juan 5, 28001 Madrid, Tel. +34 91 060 98 83, clubmatador.com
La Quinta Club is a more classical establishment that is a part of The Haciendas, originally founded in London by Richard Macadam, who used to run the well-known Oddbins Wine Shops across the UK. Madrid’s La Quinta mirrors the founder’s enological passion to offer wine tastings, in addition to private parties and themed dinners. La Quinta del Marqués de la Concordia, Lagasca 148, 28006 Madrid, Tel. +34 91 436 59 22, the-haciendas.com/the-club
A historic private club established in 1856 by equestrian Catalans which, for over 300 years, has been organising meetings on economic, social, political and artistic themes. Located in a Modernist 1910 building between Diagonal and Balmes Streets, the club not only serves up Chef Philippe Leblay’s sophisticated cuisine, but also provides rooms and a pool for members and their guests. Balmes 169 Bis, 08006, Barcelona, Tel. +34 93 415 60 00, www.circuloecuestre.es
Mutis, photo by Ariadna Arnes
Mutis is a dark and elusive bar, everything you can expect from a members-only club created by Kim Díaz. Recently decreed the best cocktail bar in Europe by Drinks International magazine, Mutis has a very strict door policy and live music every night. Calle Pau Claris 192, 08037 Barcelona, Tel. +34 93 217 43 38 www.barmut.com
Gastro Point pop up private dining club
The newest and coolest gastronomic venture for foodies and wine enthusiasts in Spain. Gastro Point pop up dining club moves location, chef and culinary theme every few weeks. Venues for these secret culinary meetings are mostly private homes which have stunning architecture, location or design that make the events a truly memorable experience. So far Gastro Point has appeared different underground locations in Barcelona, but will also be appearing in Madrid soon.
Various locations, for more information see: www.gastropointprivado.wordpress.com