Casa Labra

restaurants / Tapas

Casa Labra information

Location
Madrid , Spain
Address
Calle de Tetuán 11
Telephone
+34 91 532 14 05
Getting there
Metro: Sol
More information
www.casalabra.es
Prices
tapas from €1.25
Opening hours
11.30am-3.30pm & 6-11pm
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Casa Labra has been going strong since 1860, an era that the decor strongly evokes. Locals love their bacalao (cod) and ordering it here – either as deep-fried tapas (una tajada de bacalao goes for €1.30) or as una croqueta de bacalao – is a Madrid rite of initiation. As the lunchtime queues attest, they go through more than 700kg of cod every week.

This is also a bar with history – it was where the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE; Spanish Socialist Party) was formed on 2 May 1879. It was a favourite of Lorca, the poet, as well as appearing in Pío Baroja’s novel La Busca . It’s the sort of place that fathers bring their sons, just as their fathers did before them.