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A view of the interior of the Museo Chicote cocktail bar on Gran Via, Madrid, Spain. This capture was made on my smartphone.

Some words about the history of the bar taken from the PLATESELECTOR web site:

In 1931, Perico Chicote opened the first cocktail bar in Spain, although few Spaniards knew what a cocktail was. In a country of beer and wine, to imagine that a drink could be mixed, combined and in short, created, was a utopia that even the most optimistic could imagine for the future.

Only Perico Chicote was much more than an optimist. Passionate about the high hospitality and educated in some of the most international references of the early century Madrid such as the Ritz Hotel or Savoy, the young man who was barely 32 years old but eager to eat the world decided to open the Museo Chicote.

Now, when the 87 year anniversary of the opening of this mythical establishment is here, the essence of Perico Chicote remains intact in walls that more than one journalist would like to speak to. Classic Hollywood names like Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra or Sofia Loren alternated with cream and the country cream as Luis Miguel Dominguín, José Ortega y Gasset, Alfredo Di Stéfano or Miguel Mihura, or with leaders from half the world like Rainier of Monaco. They all went to the Museo Chicote not only for what they drank, but for how they felt.

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