Secret Madrid

Madrid’s secret mediterranean patio

2 August 2016
Hidden bungalow on the patio of Sala Mirador

Hidden deep within Lavapiés, and almost always closed, this stunning cobbled patio took some serious discovering. 

Walking along C/Doctor Fourquet after visiting Esta es una Plaza, there was a girl craply dressed as a pirate making quite a scene who naturally caught our attention. She was promoting a show running that night, and so she lured us in with curiosity through a dark alley, then into an attractive Madrid Corrala, and then finally through another door into a beautiful secluded cobbled patio with Mediterranean foliage and a white bungalow.

Whenever there’s a performance at Sala Mirador, the theatre bar opens and you can go and enjoy a drink on the patio terrace. When it’s open, it’s open till the show ends which is around midnight/1 a.m. and then it’s kick-out time along with the audience. It’s a very informal affair, wonderfully no-frills and at the same time a stunning place to spend an evening.

The corrala leading up to the patio of Sala Mirador

The corrala leading up to the patio of Sala Mirador

Mediterranean plants and the terrace of Theatre Sala Mirador

Mediterranean plants and the terrace of Theatre Sala Mirador

Grafitti on the walls of Sala Mirador

Grafitti on the walls of Sala Mirador

We never made it to the show, but we returned that evening to the patio for drinks on the terrace. During the interval, we caught a perspective-changing glimpse of the cast – a spectacle of young things in costumes that were a caricature of their original selves. It was madness and a sight worth seeing, but fortunately it only lasted 15 minutes and then we continued soaking up the rare peacefulness of the best terrace in Madrid.

INFO

  • Sala Mirador: Website and Twitter
  • Address: C/Doctor Fourquet 31
  • Nearest metro: Lavapiés
  • Opening hours: Whenever there’s a performance

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