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Cool Blue: Inside Corchito, a Tiny Wine Bar in Madrid

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Cool Blue: Inside Corchito, a Tiny Wine Bar in Madrid

June 20, 2024

A cool moment for a hot day: Corchito, a tiny wine bar in Madrid with simple interiors and a jolt of electric blue. We chatted over email with one of its co-owners, Mariel Benarós, to get the intel on this little spot (reportedly a favorite of Spanish celebrities). Take a look:

Photography courtesy of Corchito.

the exterior sets the tone in bright blue. &#8\2\20;after a long and hard s 17
Above: The exterior sets the tone in bright blue. “After a long and hard search, we finally found a very special place,” writes Mariel. “The protected facade from the 1920s has tiles painted on the wall where a wine dispenser worked at that time. We were fascinated with the connection, and just seeing it we knew that was our place.”
&#8\2\20;corchito was designed with the idea of creating an intimate space  18
Above: “Corchito was designed with the idea of creating an intimate space to get together to chat, accompanied by good wine, food, and music.” The interiors are super simple, except for dashes of vibrant blue.
with stools pulled up, the wide windowsills become a place to perch. 19
Above: With stools pulled up, the wide windowsills become a place to perch.
&#8\2\20;our tables and chairs are all natural wood to keep it simple and c 20
Above: “Our tables and chairs are all natural wood to keep it simple and comfy,” writes Mariel. For a similar Thonet-like design, see the inexpensive Bentwood Hairpin Side Chair from a restaurant supply co. And for a similar light, browse 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Porcelain/Glass Lights Under $200.
above: &#8\2\20;we chose as the main color for our branding a very special  21
Above: “We chose as the main color for our branding a very special vibrant blue,” writes Mariel, “so we defined details such as the main door, the tables at the windows, and our bar stools in our ‘blue Corchito’ color, as we call it.”
&#8\2\20;the floor is a grey color with a blueish look,&#8\2\2\1; write 22
Above: “The floor is a grey color with a blueish look,” writes Mariel. “We painted it like that (it used to be bright yellow).”
&#8\2\20;the general space has white walls without much information, to go  23
Above: “The general space has white walls without much information, to go along with our idea of calm and warm when it comes to sharing a glass of wine,” writes Mariel.
wine bottles are the decor. 24
Above: Wine bottles are the decor.
&#8\2\16;&#8\2\2\1;we installed some wall candle holders, and every nig 25
Above: ‘”We installed some wall candle holders, and every night between indoors and outdoors we light more than 40 candles,” writes Mariel.
file under trend alert: the art of the handwritten note: &#8\2\20;our speci 26
Above: File under Trend Alert: The Art of the Handwritten Note: “Our special detail is that all wine glasses are branded with CORCHITO, to be part of all cheers moments,” writes Mariel.
Cool Blue Inside Corchito a Tiny Wine Bar in Madrid portrait 8 27
Above: Cheers.
the candle sconces, lit for the night. 28
Above: The candle sconces, lit for the night.
for more, head to @corchito.madrid on instagram. 29
Above: For more, head to @corchito.madrid on Instagram.

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