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Thursday, May 24, 2012

La Venencia Sherry Bar


La Venencia Madrid bar
La Venencia
Echegaray 7
914 29 73 13
Daily 13:00-15:30 and 19:30-02:00
In line with other surrealistic Madrilenian bars, La Venencia (named after a long narrow tool used to sample wines through a small opening in sherry butts) is surely on the podium!

The bar serves just sherry but that is just anecdotic, the most remarkable characteristic of this rare bar is that once you step inside through the creepy wooden door, you feel that time stopped at the beginning of 20th century…and probably the cleaning of shelves too!
The dusty bottles of sherry, the wooden walls and floors, the strong sherry smell and the decoration not even vintage, (previous to vintage) makes you instantly feel that you are inside Valle Inclán’s “Luces de Bohemia” sharing a glass with its gang of eccentric characters.


The experience of ordering and paying deserves a comment…you will hardly find a more unfriendly waiter, don’t expect suggestions about the five different sherries you can get, and yet you don’t care so much, it fits the place. Along with the sherry you will get some olives for almost nothing…

The payment system is original, no words exchanged, you just have to look at the chalk mark left by the waiter on the wooden table.

And to end with a little game… try to find the black hairy cat… usually sleeping on any of the tables… It does not really matter if you like sherry or not, the place deserves a visit!

La Venencia
Echegaray 7
914 29 73 13
Daily 13:00-15:30 and 19:30-02:00

1 comment :

  1. The waiters are not unfriendly and will always explain about the different flavors of sherry. The wine is excellent and - best of all - no music.

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