For those sherry swizzlers back home, take back a bottle of the best from Madrid’s most atmospheric sherry bar, La Venencia, just steps from Plaza Santa Ana. A no-nonsense, old-fashioned hangout where the waiters mark your order by chalking up the bar, La Venencia only sells sherry, most straight from the barrel. Taste a selection of varieties, from oloroso to manzanilla. Then, pick your favorite and ask the bartender to make you a bottle. He’ll tell you to pick it up the next day — a hassle well worth enduring.
Calle de Echegaray, 7