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0.2 miles from Puerta del Sol
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Reviewed July 8, 2021

I'm sad to see that this place isn't as appreciated as it should be. My husband and I visited this place one evening and ordered a big jug of sangria. It was definitely the tastiest, most delicious sangria we had during our trip to Spain...and if not for leaving the next day, we definitely would've gone to Las Cuevas de Sesamo two times in a row. The music was lovely, and the place felt intimate. Sure, there is a bit of a moldy smell when you enter, but you get used to it rather quick, and, in my opinion, just adds to the experience. Make sure to visit when in Madrid for the best sangria in town!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed November 7, 2019 via mobile

Amazing bar! Drink the same amazing sangria Hemingway did in the 50’s! You should not go to this bar if you want something fancy, you should go to this bar if you want something amazing and real. It’s the bar Hemingway used to drink in...the 50’s god damnit!!! Shut up and come!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed June 25, 2019 via mobile

It is a hidden gem in Madrid. It is not very visible place, many lively and crowded places are nearby. Be persistent and continue until the door, descend to the cellar and enjoy the atmosphere. It feels as time has slowed down here and it...is different than upstairs. However, it is rather a plus and charm for the place. It is a very good bar for a drink or more. Barman didn't seem very welcoming but it does not mean he does not care. He does his work properly. We were lucky to have the pianist playing entire evening. It was real great experience. This guy is great interprete who plays almost non-stop without using any notes and repeating himself. Go and enjoy the atmosphere!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 10, 2019 via mobile

Wonderful historical old bar in heart of Madrid. You must try sangria, one of the best i've tried ;) the magical atmospher comes from local pianist too. you must feel the lovly energy!!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

This place is real travel through time. Although there wasn't many people, musician at the piano was playing like he's having a very important concert. Excellent music choice! And sangria is very good! Come and follow the steps of E. Hemingway!

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Visited the place because it was rated in different articles as having the best sangria and it was terrible. It smelled horrible and the service was not great even though we were the only ones there on a Saturday night.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

If it was good enough for Hemingway, it's good enough for me. Our experience here was memorable. The cave of a bar is very easy to miss and you do feel a bit as if you're stepping into an alternate universe. The piano - a...center-piece of the bar - looks like it gets a lot of use, though, sadly, was not played while we were there. The bar itself is a bit dingy (in a good way), though I'm not sure I would eat here. The Sangria was lovely and the reason to visit!More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

I found this place while researching the best Sangria in Madrid. The venue is located down the stairs in a cozy cave with bohemian like atmosphere & retro furnishings. The place has been around since the 1950’s & has deep roots with the arts &...literary world. Many famous people have been there including Ernest Hemingway. Such a great place to listen to beautiful live piano music in a peaceful atmosphere while enjoying a nice Sangria. The bar also serves other drinks & alcohol. The barman was efficient but not the friendliest.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

I can’t believe this place has only 100+ reviews - I can only assume this is because Las Cuevas de Sesamo is solely frequented by locals. WHAT A HIDDEN GEM (...perdoname Madrid!!!) Although the entrance is difficult to locate and very unassuming, once you venture...down the stairs to the basement this is a lovely little piano bar that serves excellent jugs of sangria (at a great price) off one of Madrid’s main squares. We have been every time we’ve visited Madrid and the service is always impeccable - We will certainly return when we are next in town! And... in the nicest possible way... I hope you lot ignore this review and leave it for those of us “in the know” (wink wink)More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed October 12, 2017

It was a bummer that we were the only ones in this interesting place, they have great music, and a really nice and different sangria but we only stayed for less than an hour as we were the only ones in the bar and service...was really slow, bartender left us alone in there.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

I went with a friend to this place, and even though the entrance to it doesn't look very appealing, when you go down the stairs, it's a different kettle of fish! The low stone ceiling forming an arc, the wooden tables and chairs, the man...playing the piano and a delicious Sangría makes this place a must-go one in the Spanish capital.More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

There's not much that can be said about this place. You just need to experience an historical place where poets meet during tough times of dictatorship and share together enjoying "rebujito" and sangria. There's also a piano that you can play. Perfect with friends to...share. Oh yes, that is what life is about!More

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

What a perfect spot to enjoy some authentic Spanish Sangria! This place is quirky but charming with its underground, cavelike location. The waiters all wear maroon jackets. The patrons tend to be young. All in all- a great time.

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

This place is part of the history of Spain. During the dictatorship, this was one of the hidden places for the freedom of expression and manifestation of arts, which was visited by artists like Hemingway or Ava Gadner. They still keep this bohemian environment, and...typical Spanish style. Most of the menu is drinks, so it's not such a dinner place but a great bar to chill with your friends and meet foreign people. Completely recommended!More

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed November 14, 2016

This place has been around for a long time and has such a cool and funky atmosphere. It is in a crowded and dark basement, there are quotes on the wall, a ceramic horse in the middle of the room and a guy playing the...piano. It's loud (so loud, in fact, that you can hardly hear the piano), so not a great place to have an intimate drink, but it is fun and cheap (it was 12 or 13 euros for a pitcher of their delicious signature Sangria).More

Date of visit: November 2016
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
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