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La Venencia – Sherry and a step back in time

Very few tourists make it here, although it’s on a street full of restaurants bang in the centre of the city. I’m sure I walked right past it several times before I noticed it – it has no inviting windows on the street, and it looks a bit dark and dingy from the outside. But it’s a place with history, where locals have been hanging out for decades, drinking sherry and putting the world to rights.

I have good memories of many relaxing evenings of good conversation with good friends in La Venencia – tasting the different types of sherry and nibbling at olives. There are 5 types of sherry, but I prefer the lighter manzanilla. The “media botella”, which costs € 6 or € 7 (depending on the type of sherry), gives about 6 small glass fulls. The first time I went here the resident cat befriended me, and sat on my lap for the evening – you might be lucky too!

It’s a quirky place, and there are a few rules that must be observed: no photos, no tipping, and no spitting on the floor! The bar staff only speak Spanish, and are a bit brusque, but they’re not being unfriendly, it’s just the way they do things. When you leave, your bill will be written on the bar in chalk!

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c/Echegaray 7, Madrid

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Opening Times

13:00 - 15:30 & 19:30 - 02:00 daily


Manzanilla: € 6

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)