Updated September 2017
Say hello to my local. This little place is about five minutes away from where I live, and it’s fabulous, so how come the first time I visited was a couple of years ago? Okay, it’s a little bit tucked away on a side street, and nothing special to look at from the outside, but why did no one tell me?? I have to thank Jaime from Bodegas Faustino González in Jerez for this “discovery” after he told me where I could find his spectacular wines (all en rama) in Sevilla. Turns out I can actually find over 170 (!!!) different sherries here, all available by the glass at very reasonable prices.
The bar began life back in 1920 as a small wine “despacho” and became Taberna La Goleta in 1952. The current owner, Manuel Rodriguez Navarro (nickname: Cateca) took over the space just two years ago, maintaining the original features as well as recovering a beautiful beamed ceiling that was hidden behind plaster, though he did modernise the “Urinario” by replacing the saloon-style doors with a solid wooden one (now that women are allowed in bars). It’s quite small inside, not much more than a “hole-in-the-wall”, but the space is well-used (extra beer barrels have a removable benchtop across them to provide seating) and the preserved Triana tiles are stunning.
The speciality, and my main reason for going there, is the huge range of sherries of every type (the recent addition of a proper wine fridge – replacing the old metal Coca Cola cooler – means rotation has improved considerably). I feel like a kid let loose in a candy store in here. They also offer a good variety of charcuterie, cheeses, mojama, montaditos and a small selection of traditional tapas. Some with a twist, like the tortilla with hierbabuena and the housemade “chicharrones especiales”, similar to those from Cádiz, but with a “toque Sevillano” (so I’m told). There are also a few daily specials. The staff are super friendly, helpful (they know their sherry) and keen to talk about the bar, or really just about anything. Love this place. A lot.
Santa María de Gracia 11
Tel 657 590 509
Open 9.30 – 16.30 / 19.30 – 23.30
Food 7 | Wine 10 | Service 9 | Ambiance 9
owner Manolo “Cateca”
impressive sherry list
new wine fridge!
mojama (cured tuna) and fried almonds
toasted pringá montadito
toasted prawn montadito with alioli
cheese cured in pork lard
house made “chicharrones especiales de Sevilla”
tortilla with hierbabuena
marinated pork liver with onions
spinach with garbanzos
pisto with egg
carne con tomate
the house vermouth
Equipo A: José Antonio, owner Manolo, Javi, Agustín
the “urinario” with new door
recovered high beamed ceiling
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Updated September 2017