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El Anciano Rey de los Vinos

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Address: Calle de Bailen, 19, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 915 595 332
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Nice Location and Excellent Sangria

We dropped by El Anciano on our way back from the Royal Palace. It is right across the Almudena Cathedral and has outdoor seating which gives a nice view of the Cathedral (though... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We dropped by El Anciano on our way back from the Royal Palace. It is right across the Almudena Cathedral and has outdoor seating which gives a nice view of the Cathedral (though there is passing traffic). We grabbed couple of Sangrias which were good but had no food. Nice sit out and good service.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Great place for an aperitifs & tapas across the Almudena Cathedral in the heart of historic Madrid. Packed on Sundays, but you’ll always find standing space along its long bar. We’ve been here three times in the last few months with family and friends. And the service has always been friendly and efficient. There’s also a small dining room at... More 

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Cervo, Italia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We loved it when we asked for two glasses of white wine and, with it, came a sequence of side dishes (sardines on toast, potatoes in aioli sauce, cured olives, tortillas) that really constituted a dinner on their own. The waiter was efficient and very friendly and the cuenta came to the absurd total of... 5 euros!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We happened to see this place on the way to visit El Palacio Real and, as a receptionist at a hotel recommended a nice glass of vermouth to warm our insides, decided to stop back after visiting the palace to see if we couldn't brush off a bit of the chilly day. The waiters were very friendly in handing us... More 

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Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Part 3 of our tour around Madrid taverns included a short stop on this one. Although the staff wasn't that friendly, the beer was good and so were the tapas - what more do you want? :D

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

While the location of this bar is lovely, across from the cathedral and down from the palace, the waiter for the outside tables was rude. Our Spanish companions were insulted and said this was the second time they had received such service; they will not return. One of our party went inside (to use the toilets) and commented that the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

A friend and I spent a couple of hours sitting at the outside tables of El Anciano Rey de los Vinos drinking beer and watching people walk by. It was enjoyable and relaxing following rather intense sight seeing activities. The service was good and the beer was cold. Too, the complimentary snacks provided were appreciated. This casual restaurant is ideally... More 

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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