In the area known as “Huertas” which includes the Barrio de las Letras (Literary Neighbourhood close to Calle Huertas), Plaza Santa Ana, and the surrounding streets including the streets toward Puerta del Sol, Plaza Canalejas, up to Carrera de San Jerónimo, is one of liveliest places in Madrid. It has a lot of terraces, restaurants, pubs, and other recreational places and spaces.
Today some of these places are historical, but have also been updated to adapt to the changes that Madrid has experienced with immigration, converting it in a very cosmopolitan city.
The Madrilian tradition of “ir de vinos” (going for a few wines), in this area of the city, was one of the most frequented leisure activities. Typical locations, tapas bars, that maintained the old traditions and atmosphere of taverns, and old tapas bars.
In the background in this photo, you can see the “Teatro Español” (Spanish Theater), and terrace bars of Plaza Santa Ana, on a sunny morning.
Currently, there are more terrace bars, pubs, discos, and other places to listen to live Jazz, Spanish and Latin music, like Salsa, Merengue etc., near Plaza Santa Ana.
Cerveceria Alemana en Plaza Santa Ana de Madrid
The “Cervecería Alemana”, (German brewery), established in 1904, is where bohemian and bullfighters frequented in the old times . It was also one of the favourite places of Ernest Hemingway, when he visited Madrid.