Spain is a very social country and that means that there is a lot of social drinking, which explains why there are so many bars in Madrid. Finding an open bar at pretty much any hour is not difficult, although most bars officially stay open until 3:30AM, and clubs stay open until 7:00AM. Mixed drinks and cocktails tend to cost between 5 and 8 euros, and beer runs from about 1.20 for a caña (small beer) to 3.50 euros for a large glass. A glass of wine can run anywhere from 2 to 5 euros. The legal drinking age is 18.
Spain is one of the world’s primary wine producing countries and, therefore, has a wide selection of national wines at very affordable prices. Wine is produced all around the country, but there are some regions that are of particular interest, such as La Rioja and Jerez (where sherry is produced), both of which are quite far from Madrid. If you want to learn more about Spanish wines and the Spanish wine industry, http://www.catavino.netis an excellent resource. Aside from wonderful wines, Spain also produces very good cider, vermouth and anisette.
Liquor can be bought at supermarkets and convenience stores in Madrid until 10:00PM. However, the best places to buy wine or specialized liquors are vinotecas (wine shops):
Vivir el vino
Not only does this company sell high quality wines in its Madrid store, but it also has an online shop and restaurants.
C/ Alcala 20
T: 91 521 54 75
Monday to Friday 10:00AM – 2:00PM & 5:00PM – 8:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
La Vinoteca de Pelayo
A small, independently owned shop with an interesting selection of wines that also offers wine tastings and classes.
C/ Pelayo 48
T: 91 319 33 10
Monday to Friday 10:00AM – 2:00PM & 5:00PM – 9:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM – 2:00PM
High class shop that sells wine, liquors and gourmet products located in Madrid’s business district.
C/ Capitan Haya 22
T: 91 417 97 68
Monday to Friday 10:00AM – 2:30PM & 5:00PM – 8:30PM, Saturday 11:00AM – 2:30PM
En torno al vino
A store specialized in Spanish wines and liquors that also sells an assortment of wine related products.
Avda. del Mediterráneo 38
Metro: Conde Casal
T: 91 501 32 03
Monday to Friday 9:00AM – 2:00PM & 4:00PM – 8:30PM, Saturday 10:00AM to 2:00PM