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La Venencia

#12 of 860 Nightlife in Madrid
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Address: Echegaray 7, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91 429 73 13
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It's all about Sherry - non touristy

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank WendyWindow
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285 reviews
67 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Jeff K
Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thessaloniki, Greece
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58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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.

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

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.

Thank JasHW2013
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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 

Thank Salilah
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

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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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.

Thank DonJonovan
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

If you visit one bar in Madrid, make it this one. If you have a romantic gene, it will be switched on in here, soak up its atmosphere and history by pretending your're in a movie :-) The proud, slightly dour owner serves only 5 types of sherry, drawn from barrels behind the bar and no cooked, but excellent sliced... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is my favorite bar in Madrid and I'm hesitant to even leave a rating, but I figure it's well known enough among the tourist crowd, even though it skews local. Go here, order some sherry and a half ration of chorizo / half ration of cheese, and slip into the 1930s Madrid mindset with the sights and smells and... More 

Thank Noah W

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