Andalucía gave Spain bullfighting and sherry, and it also gave Madrid a certain style of tavern, of which Alhambra is a prime example. Founded in 1929, it has retained all the color of a Granada barroom down to the extravagant scenes on the tiled walls designed by Alfonso Romero, who also created the tiles for Las Ventas bullring. Dishes are largely charcuterie—sausages, air-dried hams or beef, smoked and dried tuna. Most come in a choice of tapas, raciones (meal-size plates), or media raciones (half-size). We don’t know the secret, but Taberna Alhambra makes the tastiest meatballs (albóndigas) in Madrid.
Calle Victoria, 9
Our Rating Neighborhood Puerta del Sol and Las Letras Hours Daily noon–1am. Noon–1am. Cash only. Transportation Metro: Sevilla Phone 91-521-23-19 Prices Plates 2€–11€ Cuisine Type Tapas Web site Taberna Alhambra
MapCalle Victoria, 9 Madrid
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