If you didn’t know where to look, you might well walk past the plain glass sliding doors that serve as the entrance to Loft 39, a lounge bar in Madrid with adjoining restaurant that’s located on one of the more exclusive streets. Once inside Loft 39, either take the lift or the stairs up to the bar itself, which sports rather ornate décor complete with stained glass windows. Opt for a sofa (if there’s one free) rather than the bar stools, which look and feel as if they have been fashioned out of old shopping trolleys.
Everything stocked behind the bar smacks of quality, whether it’s the fresh fruit that goes in to all of their cocktails – barring the few that require Monin syrups – or the wide range of reserve spirits. Generously proportioned wallets are the only thing that the mixed crowd has in common, with a range of ages and fashion styles in evidence. Perhaps the only gripe is that the open air courtyard, so temptingly visible through the window, is not accessible to patrons due to noise restrictions. But that’s a small complaint when you take into account the quality of the cocktails on offer and the exclusive vibe.