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La Venencia

Echegaray 7, Madrid, Spain (Centro)
91 429 73 13
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Ranked #9 of 814 Nightlife in Madrid
Type: Bar/ Clubs
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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137 reviews 137 reviews
40 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Visited with Joanna of Insider's Madrid, this is a strange bar as it specialises in sherry, we tried a couple and both were excellent. We also had sun dried tuna thinly sliced and Iberico ham, both very good, particularly the tuna. Hemingway is reputed to have frequented the bar during the Spanish civil war and it is said that it... More

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east london
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84 reviews 84 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Not sure if the person we encountered was the owner or just someone who works there, but he was really rude and tried to belittle us in Spanish. Wherever we go we always try and speak a little of the local language, hello and to order etc. Having never tried Sherry we didnt know what the protocol was and how... More

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Como, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place is SO cool. A sherry bar that, naturally, only serves sherry. The casks of sherry have layers and layers of dust on them and they write your bar tab on the bar with chalk. Delicious olives are served as a snack and this place is always busy with tourists AND locals. Such a cool place to visit if... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

An attraction of this place is its simplicity. They only serve sherries - Manzanilla, Fino, Oloroso, Amontillado and Palo Cortado - and a few tapas. I tried the latter 3 types of sherry - all delicious, cool and dry, with a subtlety and delicacy you don't get in imported sherries in the UK. As for the tapas - I only... More

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This place taught me the little I know about sherry - why? because all types of sherry here are cheap and delicious and come with a mini tapas of beautiful quality in such a lovely typically Spanish ambient place that you can't resist going back, and going back again. I have lost count how many times I have been here... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

No evening in Madrid would be complete without a couple of aperitifs here to start the evening off. If the staff are busy with tapas you may need to wait to be serverd but what's the rush? Take your time and sip the lovely cool Manzanilla or for something different try the Palo Cortado. After a week the staff start... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

A Jerez (sherry) house thst was opened "about 85 years ago" and has not changed since. The prices range from ?1.70-?2 for one of the five styles of sherry. And tapas are very high quality and almost criminally low priced. Three things: 1- Do NOT skip this place, a must try. 2- Do NOT ask for a menu, it is... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I didn't read the reviews of La Venencia before my wife and I went on our last night in Madrid, so I accidentally did all 3 of the things that all the below reviews tell you not to (asked for a menu, took a picture, and left a tip)...and despite being yelled at by the owners for each thing, I... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

Visited this wonderful sherry bar during a brief stay in Madrid and I have to say it is an experience not to be missed. If you are looking for bright lights, loud music and cocktail-mixing bar staff, this place is not for you. On the other hand, if you want a bar with a huge amount of character serving wonderful... More

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Madrid, Spain
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Many bars around the world claim to have been frequented by Ernest Hemingway. Precious few of them still wear the vestiges of those bygone years as persuasively as La Venencia. This is a genuinely extraordinary place. The decor...well, it's not so much a decor as a decades-old patina of grime and tobacco (from those not-so-distant times when bars were places... More

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