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12 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

Cuchilleros 3
Madrid, 28005

+34 9 13 66 98 42 | map

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Added by kenito799 on 11-26-2006

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
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Photo of Lowen
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Cosy belgian beerpub located few meters down "Plaza Mayor" in Madrid. The selection is mainly belgian classics, spiced up with some expensive hidden treasures. Some years ago they had Westy XII costing 25€ a 33cl bottle. Food is ok, but, as happens with beer, crazy prices.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of 515avo
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nothing better than sitting in the sun enjoying Belgian beers and Spanish tapas.
Even had Westvletern!
If you're in Madrid you have to go here.

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Photo of Mesquita
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Perfect location for Belgium beer lovers.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Timmckee03
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited Cafeeke on a recent trip to Madrid. It was small but had a nice selection of Belgian drafts and bottles. Outdoor seating was very nice when we visited mid October. I received good recommendations from the bartender and tried several different belgians (Chimay White, La Trappe). We had a sampler plate of tapas, they were OK but everything was fried... go here for the beer and not the food. The prices were very reasonable for drafts. They had both Westy 8 and 12 available but she was nice enough to tell me the prices before opening the bottle ($18-20), I decided against. It is a touristy area so we had accordian players and people selling things come by during our visit. Nice place to stop.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Cafeeke is one of the better (and few) beer destinations in Madrid.

The location is strange- beautiful, sure, but oh-so-touristy, right by Arco de Cuchilleros and Plaza Mayor. Even if you're a local, you can't help but feel like a tourist in this area. And watch your belongings, always!

But step inside and man, this place is beautiful. "Del Madrid de toda la vida", as a local friend said to me. Classic Madrid. An old tavern with extra-old wooden ceilings, stone walls, thick beams and the feel of times past. "Majas" and "bandoleros" would be at home here, and so would Hemingway, Ava Gardner, Orson Welles and all those American dilettantes who loved and lived in Madrid in and around the 1950's.

But I digress. Cafeeke offers 7 beers on tap, including 3 Te Deum (a Belgian beer in three different styles created by the owner of Cerveceria Oldenburg in Madrid and brewed by Brasserie du Bocq in Belgium), Gauloise Brune (an 8.7% strong dark ale), Belle-Vue (a lambic) and Chimay Blue.

The bottle selection is relatively small but very focused. 50 bottles, with all the classics plus Westvleteren! I was told by the bartender they get it every Sunday, but she doesn't know which one, as the delivery changes every week. Interesting!

Pricing is alright, drafts are 3.30-5 euro, which is not too bad for quality Belgian imports, and the bottles are 3-6 euro- nice. They also sell tall bottles of Chimay, Duvel and Kwak (0.75 l) for 12 euro. Now that is a bargain!

Haven't tried food, but they have Belgian staples. Service is nice and friendly, not super fast or efficient, but hey, this is Spain. Nothing is fast and/or efficient.

A must for Madrid-bound beer lovers.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A a beer oasis in Madrid.

Cafeeke is, unfortunately so far, one of the few places where one can have a quality selection of beers, albeit only Belgium ones, in Madrid.

The location at Arco de Cuchilleros, just steps off the iconic Plaza Mayor, is both a fantastic location and a borderline tourist trap. Just this fact may explain prices above average, but the vibe and beer imports add to the value. In any case, and all things considered it is not such a pricey place for this spot. Unfortunately things like this seem to run within this bracket these days. And and least on the beer front they face little quality competition.

The locale is a wooden two level space, somewhat cozy but a bit tiny that can be filled up rather quickly. Service is typically attentive and fairly knowledgeable of what they serve. Food is for the most part average Belgium pub stuff, fair but nothing to craft a meeting around. In fact regulars seem to use the place a pit stop for a good beer or two in an evening or night out.

The selection offers a nice range of Belgium styles with a good amount of diversity, fair menu descriptions, and a seemingly reliable care of the brews.

Curiously this is a place that displays a notice on the front door warning that there is a three beer maximum consumption per client. This is something rarely seen outside some places in the States let alone in Spain where it is almost unheard of. Logical controversies arise, in particular when one considers that other drinks are not subject to the same ruling... I have not had a chance so far to test whether they enforce it or not.

In any case, and as long as he beer landscape doesn´t change in the city, in fact in the country, Cafeeke fills a huge market niche with quality brews.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Located just outside and down the steps from Plaza Mayor, in an absolutely lively section of the old city.

We sat outside and enjoyed the cool evening and busy street life. The croquettas were decent, as was the fritata.

We enjoyed a few rounds of Belgian beers (the selection was vast and the glassware appropriate) and our friendly and knowledgable waiter regaled us with stories of creative pickpockets and purse snatchers that had previously preyed on Cafeeke patrons.

The interior was basic, with a bar and pub style tables on the first floor, and restaurant seating and the bathrooms on the second floor.

Overall a nice, albeit, expensive oasis in a desert of euro lagers (which I did actually enjoy).

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Photo of mrc88dal
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We just spent the day in Madrid and based on prior reviews, sought out Cafeeke. We were not disappointed! They are located just outside of the Plaza Major, southwest corner, and have a lovely outdoor area where we enjoyed many fine Belgian brews. The interior was quaint with wooden beams and low hung ceilings, a perfect place to drink and dine had the weather not been so nice the day we were there. All of the usual suspects are here: St. Bernardus, Rochefort, Triple Karmeliet, Kwak, and Chimay just to name a few. Our waiter informed us that they were expecting Westvleteren soon so you might want to ask if you're there. There were 5-6 Belgians on tap and roughly 30 bottles from which to choose. They also have a reasonable menu of Tapas and and a limited dinner menu. English is spoken here so we had no communication issues. We really enjoyed our time here and will definitely go back if in Madrid.

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Photo of soviettelecast
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Excellent selection of Trappist brews, and a pretty good selection of other Belgian ales. When we went early in the week only Trappist beers were available, i think that they only have the full menu on the weekends. Most of the Trappist beers came with cheese from the respective brewery, having Chimay cheese with Chimay tripple was a pretty good combination of belgian fare with tapas. The waitstaff and barstaff were great, very friendly and helpful. The Belgian fries were great too! Easily the best beer bar in Madrid.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited this summer on our wonderful trip to Spain. Beer is one of the most common beverages in Spain, canas of fresh lagers (Mahou, San Miguel, Cruzcampo) are served everywhere, including McDonalds....refreshing in the hot weather and great with tapas. But one mid afternoon (siesta hour, we were off the Spanish meal schedule due to lingering at the Royal Palace too long that morning) around 2:30 we craved some more substantial beer.

Cafeeke is a lovely Belgian beer bar tucked into one of the "caves" that line the street running southwest from Plaza Mayor; they are subterranean warrens extending under the plaza itself. This small bar has a narrow main level with bar, several taps, and wooden booths; upstairs is a smaller, low-ceilinged room with tables and booths, we sat there watching Japan play Australia in the World Cup. These rooms would be really cozy in the winter.

The tap selection was small but included several offerings from Te Deum, including nice brown and blonde ales, they really hit the spot. We had a light lunch of Belgian style frites and sausage sampler, served with a bunch of flavored mayos and curry ketchup for dipping.

Madrid has some of the best food in the world and tapas crawling there is one of finest experiences you can have; Cafeeke makes a nice stop to focus a bit on beer. Then you can move on and back to fino sherry with Spanish ham.

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Cafeeke in Madrid, Spain
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