Formerly a gay bar and now home to a mixed bohemian crowd, La Concha boasts a diverse and spirited character. Its name is a sly salute to female genitalia, and the deliberate double meaning transmits to the bar’s customers, who enjoy their drinking with whatever extra flare they can derive on top.
The decor is dilapidated in the most appealing of ways, and pictures on the paneled walls pay tribute to Sara Montiel. A much-loved Spanish actress born in 1928, Montiel bravely bared all on the silver screen, at a time when widespread condemnation was all but guaranteed. Definitely one for the liberal drinker—but that tends to be true of all the best bars—La Concha certainly doesn’t lead you astray, unless that’s what you’re after.