This spacious and atmospheric bar, situated between Cibeles and the Puerta de Alcalá, is another Irish favorite with a more recently historic past and a penchant for name changes. Known until early 2006 as Kitty O'Shea's, it was called Café Lion in the 1940s when it was the key meeting spot for the literati. Today, local rugby club members gather for weekly get-togethers and fuel themselves on draft Guinness and no-nonsense pub food. This is no rowdy locale though. The atmosphere is always good natured and easygoing, and in summer you can sit at tables and chairs outside. In winter, the bar hosts regular live music shows. Open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 2am, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4am. A pint of beer costs 5€ ($8).
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