Look, there are a lot of reasons to visit Madrid. But this bar - The Passenger in Madrid's hip Malasaña neighborhood - is a big one. Bring your beagle, your Robyn haircut, your handlebar mustache and let's go!
Designed to look like a passenger train car in motion, the bar gives that romantic Agatha Christie/James Bond feeling without ever having to ride a real train across the country, which is apparently a super shady endeavor these days. (I guess it always was, since in both the Agatha Christie and James Bond examples, people were straight up murdered on those trains. But oh, the champagne cocktails and dinner jackets and bon mots!)
From the website:
The main area is designed to look and feel like a train cabin. To create the illusion of movement, three huge solid screens play the role of windows. They are constantly projected with synchronized and programmed videos that flow, from one screen to the next, just like in real life. The images have been recorded from train windows all over the world, presenting urban and nature landscapes that transport the clients into the fantastic experience of travel and leisure, pulling them away from the reality of the city around them.
The whole interior has been covered with great work on dark wood, brown leather with brass finishes. On the main hall photos of some of the greatest stars of classic rock, inside trains and train stations, welcome the clients.
The Bar cabin completes the space with an 8 meter bar that serves some of Madrid´s best coffee by day prepared exclusively by “Toma Café” and really delicious bite food. By night great cocktails, craft brewery beer, gin and whisky fuel the train accompanied by a sound track of classic rock.
The Passenger, Madrid
Interior Design and Creative Direction: Parolio
Photography: Juan Baraja
Those projection screens are giving me a distinct Blaine the Mono vibe, but in a way that is compelling instead of terrifying. I am really bad at thinking of cool train stories that don't involve death and horror. Help me out in the comments.