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El Anciano Rey de los Vinos

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Nice Location and Excellent Sangria

We dropped by El Anciano on our way back from the Royal Palace. It is right across the Almudena... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2015
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
Local colour and draught vermouth!

Great place for an aperitifs & tapas across the Almudena Cathedral in the heart of historic... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2013
Madrid, Spain
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15 May 2016
“The place for real vermouth”
19 Mar 2015
“Nice Location and Excellent Sangria”
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Calle Bailen 19, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 59 53 32
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Reviewed 15 May 2016

This is a colorful place that serves wine, vermouth, and tapas. The vermouth is right out of the barrel and has much more flavor than the usual factory made stuff in the bottle. On the rocks, with a slice of lemon, please!

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Reviewed 19 March 2015

We dropped by El Anciano on our way back from the Royal Palace. It is right across the Almudena Cathedral and has outdoor seating which gives a nice view of the Cathedral (though there is passing traffic). We grabbed couple of Sangrias which were good...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2013

Great place for an aperitifs & tapas across the Almudena Cathedral in the heart of historic Madrid. Packed on Sundays, but you’ll always find standing space along its long bar. We’ve been here three times in the last few months with family and friends. And...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2013

We loved it when we asked for two glasses of white wine and, with it, came a sequence of side dishes (sardines on toast, potatoes in aioli sauce, cured olives, tortillas) that really constituted a dinner on their own. The waiter was efficient and very...More

Thank opossumd
Reviewed 11 February 2013 via mobile

We happened to see this place on the way to visit El Palacio Real and, as a receptionist at a hotel recommended a nice glass of vermouth to warm our insides, decided to stop back after visiting the palace to see if we couldn't brush...More

Thank dgeoghe1
Reviewed 31 October 2011

Part 3 of our tour around Madrid taverns included a short stop on this one. Although the staff wasn't that friendly, the beer was good and so were the tapas - what more do you want? :D

2  Thank Sakarah
Reviewed 16 October 2010

While the location of this bar is lovely, across from the cathedral and down from the palace, the waiter for the outside tables was rude. Our Spanish companions were insulted and said this was the second time they had received such service; they will not...More

4  Thank mench
Reviewed 5 July 2010

A friend and I spent a couple of hours sitting at the outside tables of El Anciano Rey de los Vinos drinking beer and watching people walk by. It was enjoyable and relaxing following rather intense sight seeing activities. The service was good and the...More

2  Thank CJTravelerTexas
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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street
performers, colorful lights, window shopping,
restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and
churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a
collection of plazas interconnected by a network of
side streets. Some of these side streets are wide
pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so
it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as
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