At 1862 Dry Bar you’ll find classic cocktails with style and be reminded why these century-old recipes have remained popular over the years. A good cocktail is enjoyed over time and good conversation, and doesn’t hide its alcohol. You know you’re drinking alcohol. There’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s something that’s highlighted here at Dry Bar.
The founder, Alberto Martínez, started off by teaching himself how to mix drinks with the help of the internet, then graduating to Del Diego where he continued to master the art of making cocktails. Eventually he opened 1862 Dry Bar, located along calle Pez which you can watch through the huge windows as you sip on your drink. The bar is named after the year the building that houses it was constructed, the same year that bartender Jerry “The Professor” Thomas published his first cocktail recipe book in the United States.
They serve classics like the Old Fashioned, Dry Martini, Pisco Sour and Gimlet without any modern embellishments. According to Alberto, the recipes have worked for 150 years for a reason, and there’s no mistakes that need fixing. They like to offer their cocktails in small glasses with a lot of alcohol. If you’re a good customer you’ll read the menu to discover new flavours outside of what’s “in fashion.” For this reason they refuse to serve Mojitos, Caipirinhas and Piña Coladas and instead dedicate themselves to Tom Collins, Negronis and Adonis. Curious customers are given a secret menu that offers special “midnight” cocktails – some are made with champagne, others are perfect for enjoying after a good meal or as a nightcap that guarantee sweet dreams that night.
Hours: Monday – Sunday from 3:30pm – 2am
Average price from 8€
Telephone: 609 53 11 51
Text: Paula Móvil
Photos: Marcos Ortiz
Translation: Annie MacDonald