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Some Popular Madrid Irish Bars

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Fontanilla's Irish bar is a few seconds from the Plaza Mayor
Fontanilla's Irish bar is a few seconds from the Plaza Mayor

Irish bars are popular in Madrid, with both the Spanish and foreigners. They are used as meeting places for newcomers to the city, and provide lots of entertainment. You can read here our reviews of some of the most popular Irish bars in Madrid, along with details of how to find them.

Why A Madrid Irish Bar Is Different

Madrid Irish bars cater for all nationalities and have a real international feel. You'll find sports showing from many different countries, and a mix of people from all over the world inside.

You can expect big TV screens showing sports, theme nights, Guinness of course, traditional Irish and English food, and they all celebrate St Patricks Day in style.


An Irish Bar Is A Good Meeting Place

There are many 'intercambio' (exchange) groups in Madrid that serve as a place for meeting other people who are new to the city. They also give you the opportunity to practise Spanish, as many locals attend. Irish bars across the city are often the chosen meeting place for these groups.


Where Are The Irish Bars In Madrid?

The James Joyce
Calle Alcalá, 59
28014 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Retiro (Red Line, L2) Plus 10 minutes walk

This is one of only three Irish pubs that is run by the Irish in Madrid. Back in time it was visited by customers such as Lorca, Saramago and Dalí, and during the 50s and 60s famous literary names would meet in the bar to partake in tertulias (intellectual discussions about issues of the times).

Today this Irish bar is worth a visit just to see its stained glass fixtures, which are decorative. There's the usual TVs showing sport, and they also offer a menu del dia.

O'Connells
Calle Espoz y Mina, 7
28012 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Sol (Red Line, L2) Plus 2 minutes walk

O'Connells is a popular Irish bar
O'Connells is a popular Irish bar

This Irish bar is next door to Dubliners. Both have the same special offers on drinks, such as a bucket of beer. There's live sport on the big screen TVs and they do a massive Irish breakfast.

It's a cosy and friendly place, and they usually throw some kind of party promotion whenever there's a special event, such as Halloween or St. Patricks Day for example. The street where O'Connells is situated is full of bars and gets busy at night.

La Fontanilla Taberna
Plaza Puerta Cerrada, 13
28005 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Sol: (Red Line, L2) Plus 10 minutes walk

This Irish bar is small, but cosy and just a few seconds from Plaza Mayor and the popular street of Cava Baja. As opposed to the usual green, it's painted red outside, so it's easy to spot, and it's right on a corner at the traffic lights. There's no food, but they do a tasty Irish coffee.

Dubliners throws a good party
Dubliners throws a good party

Dubliners
Calle Espoz y Mina, 7
28012 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Sol (Red Line, L2) Plus 2 minutes walk

This Irish bar is right next door to O'Connells bar. It has large screen TVs with football. They had gimmick drinks, and you can get a pint of whisky and coke or vodka and speed. Or if beer is more your taste you can get a bucket. They also do their own house special cocktails. This is a cosy Madrid Irish bar and the front windows display olde worlde items of furniture for that authentic touch.

The Irish Rover
Avenida de Brasil, 7
28020 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: San Bernabeau (Dark Blue Line, L10) Plus 5 minutes walk
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This Irish bar promotes a guest beer, so you get to try a new drink at discount prices. They are open from  12:00 Noon . Food is available all day until midnight, and you can choose from bar snacks, salads, baked potatoes and grills and burgers.

2 or 3 nights a week there's live, rock, celtic or jazz music, and the rest of the week you'll find pub quizzes and themed nights. There's also big screen sports, pool tables, darts, and internet.

One of the best things about this Irish bar is that it is split over 2 floors. Upstairs is a total contrast, with comfy sofas and a relaxed atmosphere.

This bar is right near the Real Madrid Stadium.

You can also book the Irish Rover for private parties, conferences or receptions.


There are several Madrid Irish bars throughout the city, and each one has a welcoming atmosphere. They are popular with all nationalities, making them an excellent place to meet new people and practice your language skills. Most of the Irish bars have frequent live entertainment, either in the form of live sports or bands. You'll also be able to join in quizzes and themed party nights, and there's always a special offer on some drinks.

If you want a few more bars to choose from see our Related Pages below.

 


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