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La Venencia

#406 of 8,976 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Spanish, Wine Bar
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Calle Echegaray 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 29 73 13
12:30 - 16:00
19:00 - 01:30
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Sun - Thu 19:00 - 01:00
Mon - Thu 12:30 - 15:30
Fri - Sun 12:30 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 19:00 - 01:30
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Denver, Colorado
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154 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a fan of Hemingway's writing, I sought out this bar in Madrid as one of his haunts during his several years in love with the city. Not much has changed here since he sat at one of these tables, drinking sherry with comrades. You have a choice from several styles of sherry; we chose an almontillado for its nuttier... More 

1 Thank JaninedeBric
Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This bar is really old and full of atmosphere, only sells sherry and is great if you want to practice speaking spanish. I can understand that they don't want to encourage lots of loud, raucous tourists but for those of us who love Spain and try hard to speak Spanish it could be a bit more welcoming. No smiling bar... More 

1 Thank christine c
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

For a real Madrid experience, this bar is a must-visit. Tucked along Calle Echegay, this long-standing, simple bar for locals serves lovely sherry and has a great atmosphere. It serves only four kinds - from fino to olorosa, at very good prices. Sip on a sherry while soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the many aged bottles in racks and... More 

1 Thank ellaarwyn
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280 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Enjoyed the atmosphere more then the sherry. Great old place. Looks like it hadn't changed for quite some time. Good be trial location.

Ashford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

A wonderful bar, frozen in a time when mobiles and LED were not invented and where people liked to socialise around a couple of glasses taken directly from the barrel.

1 Thank Marc A
London, United Kingdom
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238 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We couldn't resist coming this lovely old fashioned authentic place after we had dinner elsewhere. We found a spot on the bar and ordered two glasses of sherry and two tapas plates. We ended up paying 8.7 euros for this great and enjoyable experience. This bar has few restrictions, the first one is- no photos and the second is no... More 

1 Thank Avi911
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

This place looks like the time stood from the Civil War, no wonder why it was one of Hemingway's favourites! They serve Jerez wine, so be ready for it and don't go if you don't like wine. We also had a cecina (one kind of cured meat) tapa and they gave us for free some olives when we ordered. Both... More 

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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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247 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Great place - just sells Sherry (4 different types) at about 1 Euro a glass. Some tapas if you want them, bar staff have no english and not a lot of interest in trying - but with a charm, bill is chalked on the bar and I challenge you to spend more than 10 Euro a head and stay for... More 

1 Thank Charlie L
London, England
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

The guide books warn you this place is basic, with sherry the only option and a very limited range of tapas to nibble with it. Thats all true. Its also aimed at the locals, some of whom seemed to have been coming here (or perhaps sitting at the same scruffy tables) for decades. So if you that's what you want,... More 

1 Thank JohnandJanie
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent atmospheric Sherry bar. Only 5 sherries, each served with some food. Incredibly cheap. Totally memorable. Wonderful

1 Thank 778ericr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Spanish, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
19:00 - 01:00
12:30 - 16:00
19:00 - 01:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 01:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 01:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 01:00
12:30 - 15:30
12:30 - 16:00
19:00 - 01:30
12:30 - 16:00
19:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Echegaray 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Huertas
  • Neighbourhood: Huertas
  • Phone Number: +34 914 29 73 13

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Huertas

Neighbourhood Profile
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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