Lots of bars in Madrid claim cocktails are their specialty, but José Alfredo does some of the best and adds plenty of style with its lounge-room décor. Plush seats, dim lighting and mood music make this a relaxing spot until about 11PM, when it starts filling up with a mostly 30s crowd. Not that this crowd is bad, but the number of people starts interfering with the vibe. Plus the wait for service gets longer, and good luck finding a seat. Since it opens at 6PM—practically the morning by Madrid terms—this makes for a soothing choice before heading out for more serious partying. Cocktails are more expensive here than most lounges—€8 and up—but the expert mixologists make them worth every euro cent.