Casa Granada (3.9/5)

One of the best parts of Madrid is the terraces. I’m a sucker for a terrace or a rooftop bar and last night a group of friends and I had a beer on Casa Granada’s rooftop (Calle de Doctor Cortezo, 17). It can be a bit of a mission to find it as it is located inside of what you would think is an apartment building. Once you enter the building, a man is in the lobby area asking if you are socio, which you probably aren’t! Two people in our group had to show their IDs and fill out a small card allowing them to join (for free) the organization and permits you to enter the restaurant. This allows the newly-inducted members to bring along their friends as well (yippee!). The elevator can only fit three people at a time, so I decided to take the stairs (that deserves a caña itself!). On the sixth floor you will find a (mostly empty) indoor area and a narrow terrace. It is surrounded by glass and the awnings were out, presumably to help keep the noise contained for the neighbors.

As we were a group of seven, we were told that we had to split up as the tables are for five. We did this and ordered our drinks (doble of San Miguel was 2,50€) which came with olives and a ham croqueta each. One of our friends had to go and since we were a group of six, we decided to move to one table. This was not well received by the waiter, who came out to scold us and told us that it wasn’t possible. As the terrace is quite narrow, we all understood that it isn’t possible to just rearrange the tables. But we just had an extra chair in the corner that wasn’t blocking the aisle or another table. I feel the waiter was overreacting to the situation but three of us moved to a nearby table. Obviously this was going to be a one drink situation, and when it came time to get the bill, he had put us all together on one bill. So explain that.

Drink Satisfaction: 4/5 (standard drinks menu but the tinto de verano is the premade Casero stuff)

Price: 4.5/5 (2,50€ for a doble on a rootop terrace is pretty good. 2€ for a glass of wine)

The view is pretty nice, overlooking the Tirso de Molina Plaza. The bar has a nice, laidback vibe (except when the waiter harshed the vibe by getting really stern with us) and everything was clean. It’s frustrating that our experience was marred by the waiter.

Atmosphere: 4/5 

Cleanliness: 4.5/5

Staff: 2.8/5 (it was one guy and I know they were busy. Still, it did affect the experience but I’d like to think it was a one-off)

Croquetas for a tapa are always welcomed in my book. These were tasty despite not being very warm. I didn’t try the olives but nice to receive two things!

Tapa: 4/5

Average: 3.9/5 (it will probably be awhile before I return)

Good for: Flying Solo, Date Night, Friendly Bonding, Terrazateros


Uno de los partes mejores de Madrid es las terrazas. Me encantan las terrazas y fui anoche con amigos para tomar una cerveza en Casa Granada (Calle de Doctor Cortezo, 17). Puede ser difícil para encontrar el restaurante porque está en un edificio que parece de pisos y no tiene señales. Cuando entras el edificio, hay un chico en el lobby preguntándote si eres socio (y probablemente la repuesta es “no”). Dos personas en nuestro grupo tenían que mostrar sus DNIs y llenar una tarjeta para ser socios (gratis). Los nuevos socios con sus invitados podían subir a la terraza. En la sexta planta, encontramos un parte interior sin gente y una terraza estrecha y llena. Alrededor hay cristal y toldo, seguramente para prevenir el ruido por los vecinos.

Porque eramos siete, nos dijeron que teníamos que partirnos en dos mesas. Hicemos y pidemos las bebidas (doble de San Miguel cuesta 2,50€), que llegaron con olivas y una croqueta de jamón por cada persona. Cuando una amiga tenía que salir y eramos nuevamente seis, decidimos para ponernos en una mesa. El camarero no estaba contento con sus nuevos socios y nos reganó y nos dijo que no es posible. Porque la terraza es estrecha, entendimos que no es posible recolocar las mesas. Pero solo añadimos una silla en nuestra esquina, sin bloqueando el espacio entre las mesas. Me siento que el camarero estaba exagerando la situación pero mudamos a una mesa cerca. Después de una ronda, pidemos la cuenta y había puesto todas las bebidas entre nosotros en una. Explícame esto.

Satisfaccion de la Bebida: 4/5 (una carta normal de bebidas pero el tinto de verano es embotellada de Casero)

Precio: 4,5/5 (2,50€ por un doble en una terraza está bien. 2€ por una copa de vino)

La vista es bonita, mirando a la Plaza Tirso de Molina. El bar parece y relajado (excepto cuando el camarero está enfadado) y todo está limpio. Me molesta que nuestra experiencia fue estropeada.

Ambiente: 4/5 

Limpieza: 4,5/5

Personal: 2,8/5 (era un chico y entiendo que estaba ocupada. Pero cambió el ambiente. Prefiero pensar que era una excepción. 

Una tapa de croquetas siempre me hace alegre. Eran sabrosas aunque no estaban calientitas. No probé las olivas pero estaba contenta con dos cosas.

Tapa: 4/5

Calificación: 3.9/5 (probablamente voy a esperar para volver)

Buen Plan para: Solit@s, Citas, Plan de Amigos, Terrazateros

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