Sherry sipping in Madrid

If you’re keen to sample some ‘typical Spanish’ culture (as the Spanish themselves call it) but the idea of a tourist-tacky flamenco show doesn’t appeal, head to sherry bar La Venencia to familiarise yourself with this traditional tipple.

Stepping through the door of the bar, you instantly leave behind the whirl of modern Madrid and move back in time. With no stereo and a manual cash register, La Venencia remains stubbonly stuck in a time warp. The small, smoky bar is decorated with aging posters advertising festivities in southern Spanish towns, most notably Jerez de la Frontera, the most famous point in Andalusia’s ‘sherry triangle’.

Five types of the fortified wine are on offer here, from the crisp, dry fino to the sweet, rich oloroso. And because they all cost €2 or less, you can afford to work your way through the list and find your favourite. Simple tapas such as cheese, mojama (air-dried tuna) and chorizo are also on offer if you fancy a nibble to soak up the alcohol.

  • La Venencia is located at Calle Echegaray 7 (nearest metro: Sevilla or Sol).

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