Great craft beer bar in Lavapies
That a great craft beer bar would open up in Madrid's bohemian Lavapies neighborhood was only a matter of time, and El Pedal is everything I hoped it'd be. In contrast to the industrial-chic craft beer spots of Madrid's other alternative (or, according to some, yuppie) neighborhood of Malasña, El Pedal is a laid-back watering hole with charmingly DIY décor, a clientele ranging from gutter punks to elderly couples from the neighborhood, and some seriously tasty beer on tap.
El Pedal usually has six or seven beers on tap, typically an IPA or two, a stout, an ale,a wheat beer, and one or two wild-cards (think ginger beers, chocolate stouts, or the house's own self-brewed ale). They serve pints and half pints, usually costing around 5.50-6 euros and 2.50-3 euros respectively. They also have several fridges full of bottled beer but they're priced according to bar standards, not retail standards. The bottle that'd cost you 3-4 euros in a beer shop like La Buena Cerveza or Cervezorama will run you 7 euros in El Pedal. Still, who'd order a bottle when you have such tasty and well-priced beers on tap?