Passionate owners and staff make Madrid a top craft beer destination.
Long gone are the days when your only options upon entering a bar were Mahou or Mahou Sin (non-alcohol beer). While we love Madrid’s classic, historic old bars, sometimes we’re looking to try something different as far as beer goes.
The craft beer revolution has taken Europe by storm in recent years (if you’re also headed to Italy, don’t miss our guide to craft beer in Italy for the best brands and breweries), and craft beer in Spain should not go unexplored. If you’re wondering where to enjoy great craft beer in Madrid, here are nine excellent bars you can’t miss.
Perhaps the most highly curated selection of craft beer in Spain, Be Hoppy is a favorite among local craft beer aficionados. Madrid born owner and operator, Pepin, keeps the taps and fridges well stocked with only the best. Enjoy a pint on site from the constantly rotating taps, or from the extensive list of bottles and cans, which are also available to go. Close to Barrio de Las Letras.
Located just behind Museo Reina Sofia, La Caníbal is an ideal spot for a pre-or post-museum drink. The kitchen cranks out incredible tapas and entrees, and the extensive beer list nestles cozily amongst a great selection of wines from all over Spain and Europe.
La Buena Cerveza
The always sweet and welcoming owners and brothers, Manu and Nacho, started their wonderful little shop in 2013, making them one of the original craft beer destinations in Madrid. Nestled just between the lively neighborhoods of Malasaña and Chueca. The selection at La Buena Cerveza reflects the preferences of the brothers: fresh & super hazy IPAs, classic beer lovers will be delighted by their wide selection of porters, lagers, stouts, and sour ales.
The Stuyck Co.
If you’re looking for some of the most unique craft beer in Madrid alongside eclectic, international tapas, head to The Stuyck Co. in the heart of colorful Malasaña. From 14 constantly flowing taps, they serve up some of the most unique brews you won’t find anywhere else. Additionally, their food selection is unbeatable, with some of the most unique tapas that will take you on a culinary journey around the world right from this little bar in Madrid. Can’t decide what to try? Order a flight of beers from their taplist!
Fresh, artisanal ingredients and products are the name of the game at La Tape (also located in Malasaña). This philosophy extends to their incredible selection of craft beer. With seven taps and dozens more beers available by the bottle, this vibrant, contemporary bar is a must for lovers of craft beer in Madrid. They even offer quite a few gluten-free craft beers, making it a great place to eat and drink regardless of dietary needs.
La Maripepa Cervecería
A former karaoke bar converted into one of the most dynamic craft beer selections in town. La Maripepa offers a range of craft beers on draft (including a cask engine – which is rare in Spain) alongside great wines & spirits. The exterior and interior blend into the iconic tapas bars of the Las Letras neighborhood. Perhaps the best blend of classic soul with modern brews. Just a few blocks away from the Prado & Botanical Garden, making it another ideal pit stop on your day of exploration.
Beerhouse | Craftbeer Bar
Most guests will hardly reach the southernmost entry point to the Chamberí neighborhood before turning back around towards the familiarity of the Centro & Sol neighborhoods. That means that most will miss the opportunity to visit a local favorite. Beerhouse has been a reference for craft beer in Spain since 2015. With 12 taps to choose from, and an extensive list of bottles and cans, this no-frills beer bar gives definite “dive bar” vibes. The staff are friendly and eager to serve up local and global craft beer.
Brew Wild Pizza Bar
A collaboration that dreams are made of. Brew Wild is a pizza joint on one hand and de facto tasting room for La Quince Brewery on the other. The tap list features a mix of super fresh La Quince beers, as well as several options from around Spain and Europe. The pizza is also worth the visit: proper ingredients, 24 hour fermentation times, and quality toppings. Located on one of the coolest streets in the world for grabbing a drink – and just down the road from Peninsula Centro. A perfect stop for your next tapas crawl in the Las Letras neighborhood.
La Osita | Craft Beer | Oso Beer Co
The tasting room for Oso Brew Co, this cozy and uber welcoming bar is a favorite for locals seeking fresh lagers, IPAs, Porters, and fruited sours. Founders Dave and Patrick (both from the UK) started Oso Brew Co with the goal of bringing high quality craft beers to the city they fell in love with during their studies. Located on the famous Cava Baja in the La Latina neighborhood, La Osita is surrounded by iconic tapas bars on every side.
Update Notice: This article was updated on January 26, 2024.
George Thornton is beer writer and educator, Advanced Cicerone®, & National Ranked Beer Judge. Born and raised in San Diego, he now lives in Madrid, and is the highest ranking Cicerone® on the Iberian Peninsula.