Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published May 24th 2017
This tranquil cocktail bar is situated in the middle of Malasaña area of Madrid and is a tiny spec in the mammoth capital city of Spain. Many bars are difficult to find in this intricate area, yet Vacaciones shines luminously with bold colour and bright lights.
Due to its size, this cute but quirky bar doesn't hold many. It does, however, like countless other bars in the area, comprises an additional seating area outside, for those relaxing in the Spanish sunset.
Many come in and out quietly for lunch or a snack throughout a long, exhausting day in the sun, but even more enter and exit as the evening arrives. Whether it be locals arriving after a day's shopping in the city centre, or tourists soaking in the sights that this wonderful city has to offer, Vacaciones certainly fills up quickly as the night approaches.
It very much offers a comfortable setting, with open doors and chairs and sofas completing the layout inside. The bar welcomes everybody right off the street and into the homely atmosphere inside, and quite simply lives up to its name by ensuring visitors immerse themselves in that 'holiday' feeling. All sorts of chairs and seating arrangements give this venue an especially hospitable ambience, with several different types of tables also on view. Countless peculiar mirrors line the walls, along with bright lights that dangle effortlessly from the ceiling, allowing for a very special setting indeed.
The endless list of scrumptious snacks includes nachos and salads, while more filling meals include traditional Spanish ham or salmon bagels, while a range of delicious desserts completes the menu. The cocktail list, however, is the life and soul of the bar, with local drinks among those from further afield dominating the distinct menu. The diversity of drinks contain fruits of all kinds, colours and flavours, and when combined with gin, rum and other spirits, produce a truly flavoursome delight.
The Malasaña area consists of endless buzzing bars and unique restaurants, and Vacaciones Cocktail Bar certainly stands out from the crowd with its personalised and tantalising list of drinks. The closeness of the upbeat staff serves positively as they are constantly on hand to offer the appetising array of drinks. In this small yet cosy cocktail bar, a sumptuous meal is never far away, but a refreshing cocktail is available at the snap of a finger.