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La Venencia

#10 of 911 Nightlife in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Huertas
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Address: Calle Echegaray 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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+34 914 29 73 13

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A genuine gem

We had the address and could not believe that it existed as there is no indication that it is there!!We could not resist revisiting the bar a second time after visiting the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
John E
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the address and could not believe that it existed as there is no indication that it is there!!We could not resist revisiting the bar a second time after visiting the hip/trendy rooftop bar in the fine art building and what a contrast!! Both in their own way represent what a brilliant city Madrid is as a destination.

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Thank John E
Dublin, Ireland
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A bar that sells only sherry and Tapas Chilled dry white sherry perfect We had tapas of olives and dried beef A place to soak up the local atmosphere A must visit place

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They were covered in dust on any surface that hadnt got a glass on it, served a limited selection of liquor - in this case sherry or sherry, with minimal tapas, mainly pig grease to absorb the rough edges of the drink, loud and packed with screaming locals from teenagers to pensioners. This is one of the few left. (RIP... More 

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Thank captainbruceLondon
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

It's a great place to drink some sherry and enjoy some Tapas with friends. Would love to visit again :)

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Thank Sara A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

It looks like time stopped here: the bar is bare-bones, then bartenders add up your tab at the bar with chalk, the menu is bare, they only serve sherry, and they only speak Spanish. If you are looking for a fancy place with a tasting menu, go elsewhere. I made the mistake of ordering a Rioja and got a stern... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This location has history steeped in its walls - do NOT take pictures inside. It is taboo. But do enjoy the many selections of amazing sherry pulled from huge wooden barrels for an amazing price. The sherries are superb and the Palo Cortado is legendary in the sherry world.

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Thank Dan D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

This is kind of Spanish bar you dream of. Seems exceptionally old, rammed full of ancient character. Dark, brown, wonderful. Sherries were very good. Barrels appear to be for show. Guy serving was miserable, which lost the bar the 5 blobs. Make it a must-visit bar in Madrid

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Thank Tony B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Ahh those wines and you will never have had olives that taste so delicious! Small but always busy, with very affordable prices and the perfect setting if you are looking for some of that old authentic Madrid feel.

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Thank Sanna M
Denia, Spain
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33 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I would recommend that you never go to this bar. Feel free to take a picture outside but don't waste your time and money by going in. The staff were incredibly rude, almost insinuating that we were bothering them by ordering drinks. When is it appropriate to roll your eyes at a customer? The drinks were disgusting. No need to... More 

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Dalton, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

On a recent trip to Madrid, our first, my husband John and I were strolling the streets of the Old Town close to midnight one Sunday. John said, ‘That place back there looked nice and cozy, let’s go back and give it a try’. So we sauntered into La Venencia on Calle Echegaray knowing nothing of its rich, boozy-soaked history.... More 

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Huertas
Also known as Barrio de las Letras, Huertas was once home to prominent literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega among them. The neighbourhood is committed to celebrating its rich heritage: Calle Huertas itself is inlaid with quotes from celebrated authors, street names pay homage to them, and second-hand bookshops pervade. Huertas receives a fair amount of spillover from the center — side streets around Plaza Santa Ana take on a foreign party atmosphere at night, and you always see young backpackers navigating the streets — but as you descend into the neighbourhood, everything becomes a little more cramped and slightly less refined, and takes on more of an underground feel. Live music is at the heart of Huertas: by night, its subdued bars are ideal for meeting friends, sipping cocktails, and chatting quietly while enjoying jazz or singer-songwriter performances.
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