One of the most atmospheric old tabernas (taverns) of Madrid, Casa Alberto has been around since 1827 and occupies a building where Cervantes is said to have written one of his books. The secret to its staying power is vermouth on tap, excellent tapas at the bar and fine sit-down meals.

Casa Alberto’s rabo de toro (bull's tail) is famous among aficionados, but the tavern is also known for its pig's trotters, snails, meatballs, croquettes and cod.