Shhh, don’t tell anyone else about Casa Granada…

Bars and Cafes, Tirso de Molina

by Ben Curtis

Apparently when one of the Time Out editors came to Madrid to tie up some loose ends on the Madrid Guide (which I highly recommend by the way), she declared that this little Madrid secret would not be going into the book. “There are some places,” she said, “that you just don’t put into the guides”. Well, travel writing etiquette is made to be broken, so here we go:

Casa Granada is at Doctor Cortezo 17, just off the Plaza Tirso de Molina (map). If someone didn’t tell you it was there you would never find it – you enter through the ordinary doorway to a block of flats. Ring the Casa Granada buzzer to get in. Ascend to the top floor in one of the dodgiest looking lifts in the city (the light inside is often broken, frankly, you may want to take the stairs!) Get ready for the view over the rooftops of Lavapies (arrive too late, i.e. after 7.30, and you may have to queue for a much-sort-after table on the Terrace).

There are no photos with this post for a reason, the Casa Granada experience is best had without too many preconceptions. Just remember that you aren’t there for the decor (simple, Andaluz style), or the food (generous if unextraordinary tapas – try the pimientos del padron), it’s the view that does it – and the fact that no one else knows you are here! Just keep this one amongst yourselves, OK?


Comment from Marina
Date: January 24, 2007, 1:25 pm

Often they don’t open by ringin the buzzer and you have to wait until someone comes out which usually doesn’t take more than 2 minutes. Try to get there before the sun sets so you get to see the views both with natural light and at night.

It’s perfect for an evening beer before going somewhere else for supper.

Comment from Skip
Date: January 24, 2007, 4:48 pm

Someone has even sabatoge’d their website…

Comment from ben
Date: January 24, 2007, 6:30 pm

Yes, not much of a website! The photos they do show have nothing to do with reality either – think the big room may be on the floor below the bar.

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Date: April 2, 2008, 9:56 am

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Comment from Leslie
Date: May 30, 2008, 3:51 pm

The secret is out! I have the 2007 Time Out Madrid guide and Casa Granada is on p. 162.