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“You must go for a fino!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Venencia

La Venencia
C/Echegaray 7, Madrid, Spain (Centro)
91 429 73 13
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Ranked #381 of 6,854 Restaurants in Madrid
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Centro
Madrid, Spain
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“You must go for a fino!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Step back in time into La Venencia. Simply a delight. Jerez from the barrel in a bar that has not changed for 100 years. Nicotine stained walls, dusty old bottles and dusty old guys serving glasses of Jerez and a plate of olives plus cheese and salami. Old school at its most exquisite. A film set, unabashed, unchanged and utterly wonderful. Not a word of English which makes it all the more real Madrid. Say "dos fino", and you are in.

Visited March 2012
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
berkshire, england
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Unlike any other bar I have ever been in.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Visit place if you can, I dont normally drink sherry, but this is the place to do it, tiny, old and dusty, peeling decor, and smokey smelling, but magic, just get a chilled glass of fino, and some bread and cheese, thats all you need.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Just go but don't tell anyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

This is the real deal. If you like cocktails in the Marriott I suggest you stick to that, if you like authentic and want to drink like and with the locals go here. I hope this place never changes.

Visited October 2011
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Bucks.
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Old fashioned sherry bar - a must-visit in Madrid”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011

Wonderful for pre-dinner drinks - they only sell sherry and the simplest of tapas to soak up the alcohol. There's sawdust on the floor, plenty of space to either stand or sit, whichever takes your fancy, and the sherry is wonderful!

There were lots of locals there, just popping in after work, and only a few tourist types like us.

The only thing to warn about is they don't do cream sherry.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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9 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great place for a late afternoon sherry”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

Good selection of sherries (if you don't want sherry don't go as there is really nothing else on offer!), great atmosphere - quaint touches such as chalking up your bill on the counter.

One occasion went with a friend who tried to take a picture and they asked him not to saying it was like going into someone's house and taking pictures. Don't quite see it myself! Only negative otherwise would have been 5 stars.

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