Grand opening of Picalagartos at NH Collection Gran Via

Published: May 28, 2018

The newest rooftop bar in Madrid. And we manage to time the grand opening evening.

Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid
Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid

Picalagartos Sky Bar is the latest rooftop in Madrid. The terrace is perched on top of the luxurious hotel NH Collection Gran Via, with breathtaking city views in all directions. The space is divided in three different areas where you can sit. All with their own unique view. The biggest area has a big bar counter and a small DJ booth. Everything was very new as this was the first day it was open. Some speakers still had the plastic on and the some of the décor felt “not finished”. Nothing strange about that on opening day. You could see that the roof terrace has great potential of being one of the best rooftop bars in Madrid.

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360-view of the terrace

View and atmosphere:

The view from here is quite magical. Sweeping city views over Madrid, as far as the eyes could see, and in all directions depending on what area you sit in. We sat close to the bar where the vibe was most lively. When we arrived around 5:00 PM the place was quite empty, but after 45 minutes the terrace was almost packed with people trying to get a drink with a view.

The crowd at Picalagartos is very trendy and sophisticated. Dress for success to blend in here. The live DJ created a superb party vibe but still calm enough for those who’d like to take it a little bit easier. We got some great seats in the corner of the terrace and here we could sit and talk without having to shout to each other. In other words, this terrace is perfect both for a after work and party – depending on your seats. In the bar the atmosphere is more lively and the closeness to the DJ booth creates a nice vibe.

Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid
Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid
Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid
Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid
Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid
Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid
Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid
Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid

Drinks and service:

If you want one of the best Gin & Tonics in Madrid, Picalagartos is the rooftop to visit. Personally, this was one of the best I’ve tasted. Refreshing, ice cold and in a big glass. Just like it should be. We were only here for around two hours, so we only tried the GT and some beers. But from what we could see, the bar delivers great cocktails.

The place was crowded with people which meant that it took some time to order drinks. It will probably take a couple of days before they know how many bar tenders they should have during the busier nights.

Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid
Picalagartos Sky Bar in Madrid

Conclusion:

Picalagartos Sky Bar has the potential of being one of the best rooftop bars in Madrid and Spain. The terrace is modern, party friendly and super big. Lots of seats and a variety of different vibes and views depending on where you sit. The trendy crowd and live DJ creates a great atmosphere. This is a place that will be very popular in 2018 and many years ahead.

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