One does get mighty thirsty when exploring our vast planet. We’ve slurped down African beer with guava at Ambiente Africa in Stuttgart, Germany and added bacon wrapped dates to our Bloody Mary at Diane’s Bloody Mary in San Francisco, California. With that being said, it wasn’t until we encountered El Jardín de SB (Salvador Bachiller Gastrobares) in Madrid, Spain that we dared to sip a cocktail straight from a bathtub.
First things first, Madrid is full of magical things to discover. From the cotton candy topped ice cream at Rocambolesc Gelateria to standing in the center of Spain at the Plaza del Sol, Madrid is a place that will keep both your tastebuds and your eyes busy.
Actually, come to think of it, you’re probably going to need a cocktail served in a lightbulb shaped glass (it’s called the Thomas Edison) after wandering aimlessly around Plaza del Sol trying to locate the dang marker. If you’re having trouble trying to find it, don’t worry, you’re not the only one struggling to find the tiny landmark on the sidewalk. Trust us, a funky cocktail at El Jardín de SB ought to help you recalibrate your internal compass.
Salvador Bachiller is a famed Spanish brand that’s known for its creative accessories, furniture, handbags, home goods, leather products, shoes and its travel gear. It’s also known for its scrumptious eateries called SB Gastrobares. They are housed within Salvador Bachiller’s shopping emporium over on Calle de la Montera.
The SB Gastrobares consist of El Jardín (the garden) de SB (Salvador Bachiller), VIP Lounge, El Invernadero (the greenhouse) de Salvador Bachiller and El Rincón (the corner) de Salvador Bachiller. After checking out three floors of the store’s adorable wares (the VIP lounge takes up one of the floors in the building), we made our way to level four (which would be more like the fifth floor by American standards) to grab a few drinks at El Jardín de SB.
The tiny little rooftop patio of El Jardín de SB is crammed full of fresh flowers and plants making it the perfect oasis for weary shoppers.
Upon turning the beautifully illustrated pages of El Jardín de SB’s menu you’ll find snacks like chicken gyoza (gyozas de pollo) and heartier fare like gourmet Waygu hamburgers (hamburguesa de Waygu). After a few flips of the pages, we landed upon a stunning drink called my cute little bird (mi lindo pajarito).
This stunning alcoholic beverage is made with almond liquor, blackcurrant liquor, dark rum, pineapple juice and lemon juice (licor de almendras, licor de cassis, ron oscuro, jugo de piña y jugo de limón).
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My cute little bird arrives at the table resplendent in its own bird cage with a glowing LED ice cub and topped off with your very own feathered friend. The cocktail is every bit as refreshing as it looks in the picture.
We also ordered the delightful al agua patos (duck water) cocktail. The agua patos drink is served in a mini bathtub glass with a yellow rubber ducky and a LED ice cube floating in it. It’s also quite delicious and is crafted with strawberry vodka, lemon juice and soda (vodka de fresa, jugo de limón y soda).
In addition to El Jardín de SB, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across Spain.
We loved the little details at El Jardín de SB from the gorgeous menu covers coated in Salvador Bachiller’s stunning prints to the darling vessels that the checks arrive in (ours came in a sweet little wallet that was in the shape of a slice of lemon pie). You may have to wander through multiple floors of Salvador Bachiller’s amazing leather goods in order to get there, but our visit to El Jardín de SB was one of the highlights of our trip to capital of Spain. Next time we’re in Madrid, we already know what we’re going to order. In addition to rubber ducky cocktail number two, we’re definitely jonesing for a spoonful of the jardín secreto (a dessert plated in a pot and made to look the shape of a growing plant).
El Jardín de SB (Salvador Bachiller Gastrobares)
Address: Calle de la Montera 37
28013 Madrid, Spain
Hours: Sunday Through Thursday 11:00am to Midnight, Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 1:00am
Phone: +34 91 532 33 99
Prices (All Prices in Euros): Food €5.50 to €20.00, Cocktails and Juices €6.50 to €15.00