Opened in 1830, in 1870, bullfighter Colita bought it and, since then, it has always been managed by people from the bullfighting sphere. The décor of this tavern has remained unchanged and you can even see the gas lamp that once lit the place. The walls are painted with the images of bullfighters and decorated with the heads of bulls from famous fights.
It is a meeting place for literary gatherings with personalities like Pío Baroja, Sorolla, Cossío and Antonio Díaz Cañabate. The latter was inspired by the tavern in his famous book “Historia de una taberna”, written on the very same marble tables. Antonio Sánchez is a “Centenary Establishment” and is mentioned in the works of Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela, among others.
The menu is traditional Madrid cuisine. Famous dishes include rabo de toro (oxtail), cocido madrileño (typical Madrid stew), olla gitana (potato and green bean stew) and callos a la madrileña (Madrid-style tripe).