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La Venencia

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Address: Echegaray 7, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91 429 73 13
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This bar will make you want to drink sherry every day

I can only agree with all the great reviews of this bar. A truly unedited slice of old Madrid and old Spain. Waiting for a friend on my last visit, the bar cat sat on the chair... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
cath502014
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I can only agree with all the great reviews of this bar. A truly unedited slice of old Madrid and old Spain. Waiting for a friend on my last visit, the bar cat sat on the chair opposite, regarding me with huge expectant eyes. Clearly after a manzanilla ...

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Amazing little Sherry bar. Love that the "menu" is so simple, makes it easy to just get what you need and enjoy good sherry and good cured meats! The atmosphere of the place is magnificent, very unique place. Staff is great... Younger server was friendly and still refused to take a tip. We loved it so much that we returned... More 

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Thank clausito_g
London
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40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

It appears to be the only 'Sherry only' tapas bar in Madrid. They have 5 types on offer and that's it - no beer or wine. We ordered a glass of each to try with 4 tapas dishes and the whole bill was €17. The tapas is a few simple cold tapas snacks eg. cheese, sliced chorizo, ham, anchovy on... More 

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Thank WendyWindow
Pittsburgh
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285 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,275 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

This was my favorite bar during the course of our 3 week trip in Spain. They only sell sherry and tapas. They turn down tips and keep track of your bill by writing it down in chalk on the bar in front of you. Seems like the place hasn't changed in 100 years. The people were very friendly, especially a... More 

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Thank Jeff K
Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

If you like sherry and want an authentic Spanish experience, you have to go here. Sherry's are stored in barrels and poured in bottles ready for the bar. They have a couple of meats and cheeses to order and you get a free tapa (peanuts, almonds,etc.) with every drink you order. Great place to start the evening. Going back again... More 

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Thank ssavedge
Thessaloniki, Greece
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60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Great atmosphere and above average wine. Tried some tapas and had an amazing time there. It's highly recommended.

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Thank Konstantinos T
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

This was as good as the first time I visited in 2006. Full of character, and characters, great sherry with accompanying nibbles, and excellent value. Definitely worth a visit or three.

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Thank JasHW2013
London
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Wonderful small tapas bar - I love sherry and this was very good and very well priced. Ordered a tapas of tuna - very good and seriously cheap! My account was "clocked up" on the bar with chalk - and yes, any tip was refused. Extremely good value - but more than that, this was the sort of place I... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

This is a real Sherry bar. The only photo I have of it is the proprietor waving his hands saying, no photos. Here the Fino & Manzanilla are fresh & young, the snacks are olives or simple queso & jamon, and the crowd grows onto the street as the night progresses.

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Seattle, Washington
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Truly a "hole in the wall" we passed it and had to backtrack to see it. Lots of sherry choices plus appetizers. Prices are very reasonable. Atmosphere is like a local hangout for the regulars. Tourists are tolerated but treated adequately.

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Huertas
Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighborhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center — side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighborhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.
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