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LIBERTAD: THE STREET WHERE FREEDOM REIGNS

I live on number 16 calle de la Libertad. Through my French windows I’ve seen revolutions take place, neighbourhoods blossom, and I’ve read the poems of the Generation of ‘27. I’ve closed my large wooden doors to give refuge to freethinkers. In 2013 I recaptured the spirit of the traditional casa de comidas of yore that feeds the body and soul at any time of day. I’m the most traditional tavern in Madrid and the second oldest, and if there’s something I’ve learned in these 150 years it’s that there’s nothing that Madridians love more than drinking and dining under the moonlight. La Carmencita is the perfect place to write poetry, perhaps an ode to the onion or to tomatoes (lullabies are nothing new). I was the favourite watering hole of Pablo Neruda, Rafael Alberti, Vicente Aleixandre and Miguel Hernández, and I want to continue to serve poets, artists and writers. Here, you can be free.

TAVERN FOOD

How nice to have an authentic Spanish tavern where you can rest your feet and fill your belly; where the tables are made of real wood and not fibreboard; where the rabas are made with real calamari from Santander. Our croquetas are made from real cow’s milk, not powdered milk. Our lighting was created by a designer who makes his living by creating original designs, not by copying others.

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IT’S VERMOUTH O’CLOCK

How nice to have an authentic Spanish tavern where you can rest your feet and fill your belly; where the tables are made of real wood and not fibreboard; where the rabas are made with real calamari from Santander. Our croquetas are made from real cow’s milk, not powdered milk. Our lighting was created by a designer who makes his living by creating original designs, not by copying others.

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WINE WITH SOUL AND BIODYNAMICS

Conversations become lively when wine warms the soul. Sometimes you have to wander around infinite highways in search of the very beginning of a story—and especially the ending. We know it’s not an easy choice: our wine list is long and very good. Take a seat, this is going to take some time.
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HOMEMADE DESSERTS

Some days we feel like starting at the end. And then, returning to the beginning, just to be able to go back to the end. No, we’re not shooting flashback scenes for a short film, we’re talking about our homemade desserts
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MIDNIGHT FEASTS

People from Madrid are known as gatos—cats—, perhaps because they like to come out at night time. You can visit us late at night, after the theatre, or the premiere, or whenever you lose track of time. Celebrate your happiness with a great meal.
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