Madrid’s characterful old bars and tabernas are monuments in their own right. These living, breathing, drinking time capsules are as much a part of history as they are an enduring feature of daily life. In Madrid, bars are not merely drinking holes; they are ground-dwelling extensions of residents’ living-rooms. Places to meet, eat, chat, read, reflect, and yes, of course – drink. In recent years, Madrileños have bemoaned the slow but steady disappearance of some of the city’s most beloved bars; closing down in the face of tough economic times and the expiration of an antiquated rental law (that saw some rent prices skyrocket). Yet, some of the city’s best bars continue to weather the storm – and the ravages of time. Their survival is not only a testament to their hard-fought expertise but also to their unyielding spirit. So stake out a spot at the bar, order a caña, choose your ración, and raise your glass to celebrate this month’s best – and timeless – bar de Madrid.