The next big thing: Sherry

One of the hottest tips if you want to enjoy Sherry, the fortified wine originating from Jerez, Spain in Madrid is “La Venencia” in Calle Echegaray 7, Madrid. Sherry (and water) is the only drink on offer.

In the bar “La Venencia” in Madrid

The bar man writes your order with chalk down at the wooden counter and later calculates your bill there as well. The Sherry is taken from big wooden vats, filled into bottles and served in Sherry glasses. Green olives and other snacks are complimentary.

The place has a great atmosphere with all the patina (on the wall paper and all other furnishings) we expect from a place of character and great character “La Venencia” has. Sherry is not an old ladies drink! The bar was full of people from all walks of life and all ages, mostly male I might add.

We tasted the whole repertoire. Needless to say, all the sherries offered were delicious. One can forget completely that other wines could be enjoyable drinks. I had the feeling that only Sherry would matter to me in the future.

Beautiful Sherry

You will find all colors, from the Fino – pale, fruity, the Manzanilla – blue straw, grass taste, the Amontillado – dark caramel coloured, with a toffee aroma, the Oloroso -darkest colour, light brown, smelling like pralines.

“La Venencia” is such a great place. We did not want to leave but we finally succumbed to our stomachs and left to find a place for dinner.

Heaven must be a place where they serve Sherry, that’s for sure. My resolution included to drink more Sherry in the future.

If you visit Madrid, a visit to the La Venentia is a must, otherwise you have not been there.

La Venencia
Calle Echegaray 7
28014 Centro Modarid
Tel.: 914297313
Opening hours daily 19:30 -1:30 h


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  5. Kevin says:

    I taught English in Madrid from 1977 to 1980 and the Plaza de Santa Ana the next calle up was where my pension and I were nestled.

    I discovered this place about six months into my stay. I would first go there alone and then made it the starting place for my gang before we would venture out into the broader city.

    They fell in love with La Valencia too.

    I was usually the youngest patron by about 40 years—almost the Madrilenians looked like the veterans of the civil war.

    Trying to impress one Aussie Sheila, I told her Hemingway stories and how he often drank there. “He drank everywhere,” was her stoic reply…which was almost true.

    Glad to see it finally gain back some recognition. I have to get back to La Venencia…I will…if my Thai days ever come to an end.

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