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

La Venencia
Ranked #420 of 10,696 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: Huertas
Madrid, Spain
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“You must go for a fino!!!”
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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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
berkshire, england
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Unlike any other bar I have ever been in.”
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
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Just go but don't tell anyone”
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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80 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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“Old fashioned sherry bar - a must-visit in Madrid”
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
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London
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great place for a late afternoon sherry”
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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