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26th February
2010
written by spd
(img: Sean Patrick Doyle) Although it is not posted, photos are prohibited at La Venencia.  This shot was the lone survivor from my visit there, as the bar woman shook her finger at me after the shutter snapped.  The folks at spottedbylocals.com share a similar story... the people at La Venencia believe, "pictures steal the soul".
(img: Sean Patrick Doyle) Although it is not posted, photos are a no-no at La Venencia. This shot is the lone souvenir from my visit, as the bar woman shook her finger after the shutter snapped. According to spottedbylocals.com, the people at La Venencia believe, “pictures steal the soul”. ¬†Well, how does one argue with that? :)

When the door to La Venencia shuts behind me, I am transported to another Madrid. Dust covered bottles hanging behind the bar, large ancient barrels holding¬†Jerez wine (sherry), a cat passing through customers’ legs, wilted posters hanging on yellowed plaster walls…. Through the puffs of cigarette smoke, I can’t spot a single tourist. One possible expat, but I suppose the rest turned around at the entryway. I feel as if I’ve landed in the 1950s, or possibly earlier… the 1920s when this bar served it’s first glass? The decor is decidedly unfussy, with a staff to match (the female bartender is wearing a moth-eaten turtleneck) and, strangely enough, I love it! I order a fino (your only options are manzanilla, fino, oloroso, amontillado or palo cortado) and sip it slowly while munching on garlicky olives. The gal behind the bar keeps my tab in chalk on the old bar, and later declines my tip with a nod, “no.” The people-watching is unreal, and the sherry is top-notch. Sherry, unlike other wine, doesn’t benefit from age in a bottle, and is better closer to the source… so Madrid is a perfect place to sip this product from nearby Jerez de la Frontera. Grab a glass and take a trip in time before catching the flamenco show at adjacent Cardamomo.

La Venencia, Calle Echegaray, 7 | Sol | +34914297313

1 Comment

  1. 18/07/2011

    Need cheap generic LEVITRA?…