Bar Manero: The most elegant tapas in Madrid
A boutique bar, a renovated tavern, a traditional bar and a place to have a drink are all the concepts that this establishment combines.
You don’t have to resist. Once you enter the Manero bar, it’s impossible to say: “We’ll just have a quick tapas and leave”. It had been on our list for a long time, and we finally got to try this concept that combines a boutique bar, a renovated tavern, a traditional bar and a place to have a drink. The verdict? Everything we had heard was true.
We warn you, what is reputed to be the most sophisticated bar in the capital, wins you over at first sight. First of all because of its location. Nestled in one of the trendiest gastro areas, on Calle Claudio Coello, near El Retiro Park in the Salamanca district and a stone’s throw from Puerta de Alcalá.
But it doesn’t end here. When we talk about Manero Madrid, we talk about a space that is very difficult to categorise, because it brings together several concepts, but they all have a single meaning and here lies the key to its essence: enjoying excellent gastronomy in a sophisticated, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, in a unique and singular space. A place where you can enjoy tapas, that noble art of life, but with style. And all this with a very careful service where each customer is unique and accessible to all budgets.
Can you ask for more? We doubt it, but the Manero bar ups the ante. Its carefully designed décor grabs us as soon as we enter and takes us back to the golden days of European cafés and restaurants. It perfectly blends modernist aspects in the architecture and Art Nouveau in the bar, the backbone of any establishment that carries the name of bar.
We are not surprised to learn that behind Manero is the entrepreneur Carlos Bosch, who heads the Gastro Portal group, with the interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán in charge of the decoration. We can see that he is following in the footsteps of the group, which has three other establishments (Manero Alicante, El Portal and El Singular), whose characteristic interior design was a finalist in the “Design & Experience” category of the 2021 edition of the Horeca NewBusiness Models Awards.
Manero Madrid plays several games at the same time in its various spaces. Starting with a large bar next to high tables with stools for a quick beer or an informal snack, to an area where the chefs finish off cold dishes or cut up cold meats and cheeses, followed by a clandestine dining room until the night comes and with it the cocktails and musical performances.
As for the menu, don’t be fooled by the traditional names of the dishes, as they all have a chic twist. Not to be missed: the calamari bocata and the chocolate strip. Ideal for sharing are their sublime Russian salad, homemade Iberian ham croquettes, selected cheese boards, knife-cut Iberian ham, seafood of remarkable quality.
Star dishes in any Spanish house such as meatballs, omelette, tripe, cannelloni, lamb, cheeks, cod, coexist with those from other countries such as tiraditos, tartares or tatakis. Special mention should be made of their desserts, whose selection includes delicious torrijas, cheese flan, milhojas and even the legendary Jijona nougat ice cream.
As if that weren’t enough, the Manero bar can also be your trusted gourmet grocery shop. You can take home wines from all over Spain, produced exclusively for them by brands such as Marqués de Riscal, Arzuaga or Pepe Raventós; champagne made in Avizy by the Sanger winery; Galician preserves by the expert José Peña, or acorn-fed Iberian ham from the best Iberian pigs in Alburquerque. As we said, it is impossible to come back just once.
Claudio Coello 3
Average price: 29 euros.