Great place to see a wonderful flamenco show in a very intimate atmosphere, it really is mind boggling, so much passion, power and artistry, just loved it. We dined there and the food was very good. What a surprise when the show finished and we saw the famous singer Diego el Cigala and the guitarist Montoyita having a drink at the bar with their flamenco friends.
Dress Code: No special dress requirements
Cardamomo has become my flamenco venue of choice, for the flamenco here is one of the best in Madrid, fantastic and authentic, not aimed at tourism but at the lovers of Flamenco; I guess that is the reason one sees flamenco musicians among the public. It is also a fun bar, after the last show, very mixed public: locals, foreigners, flamenco artists. Just love it!!!
If you´ve ever had the slightest interest in flamenco, you should make it a point to get here while in Madrid. It appeals to all your senses with its authentic setting, enthusiastic atmosphere, talented dancers, and delicious food!
Dress Code: Casual but keep in mind that Spain´s definition of casual is a little classier than that of the US
The Corral de la Moreria has a well deserved reputation for quality flamenco and good food. The flamenco was excellent, however, the layout of tables and stage left a lot to be desired. It was as if they took a restaurant and put a small stage in one corner. We enjoyed the show and it seemed reasonably priced for both dinner and show. The quality of the dancing and music was top notch. During the night we attended a world renown older woman with an incredible stage presence did part of the show. You should get there at least 30 minutes earlier than the show start time so you not only can get a better table, but time to get served before the show starts.
There are a lot of places to see flamenco in Madrid. This one is the most famous and the performances here is top class.
If you want to eat you can go there from 21:00 but preffered to save the money for some tapa bars so I dont know about their cousine. The show usually starts at 22:30 and lasts til 01:30 with a small break. Some of the dancers were amazing.
It’s better to make a reservation because there are always locals and tourists inside. Café de Chinitas is closed on Sundays.
Oh yes, the sangria was great! ;)
The place is amazing itself, situated in an old palace and we standing for a while at the entrance looking at the decoration and the old furniture around. Then we went up to the first floor where the show takes place.
Here's my small video
Check the interior at the virtual tour of their site:
UPDATE (March 2010): THIS PLACE IS CLOSED!!
Someone told me this "tablao" closed some time ago. There are other places where you can enjoy a flamenco night in Madrid. I was to delete this tip, but now I think it may be better to leave it with this updated info. My general advice still stands: you may have a great night in any of the "tablaos", but keep in mind flamenco is NOT typical from Madrid.
I had an international company meeting in Madrid, one year ago. We had only one free night, and our foreign colleagues ask us (3 Spaniards attending the meeting) where to go for a Flamenco show… Not surprisingly, all of us (2 from Madrid, and me) were clueless… as Flamenco is something typical only from the South of Spain. We asked to the hotel receptionist. He recommended us a few places, and we opted for “Al Andalus” as it was the nearest to our hotel. The show was not top quality, but nice, prices were reasonable and we had a great time there. As expected, mainly tourists but also a few locals. Definitely, for a great Flamenco show, you must go to Andalusia, but if you are just visiting Madrid and want to have some fun, it may be a place to consider.
It opens from 22:30 to 06:00. Shows at 23:00 and 01:30 ("Flamenco disco" the rest of the time)
When I decided to study abroad in Spain, I wanted to experience as much Spanish culture as possible. Naturally Flamenco was something I wanted to see. I happened to go to El Corral de la Moreria and I highly recommend it! It is the oldest and most famous tablao in Madrid and it is well known among celebrates and royalty, such as Natalie Portman, Frank Sinatra, the King and Queen of Spain, Ernest Hemingway and many more. And the flamenco was amazing! The entire audience was enraptured from the first notes of the spanish guitar to the final stomp of the flamenco dancer´s heel. Before the show started, my friend and I ate an amazing dinner! I had roasted vegetables, leg of lamb and sorbet. It was the best food I have tasted since I left my home and my mother´s home cooking (she is an amazing cook). Although it is not a cheap experience, flamenco at El Corral de la Moreria is definitely something everyone should experience at least once in their life!
Dress Code: semi-dressy. I wouldn´t wear sneakers or jeans
Through the hostel discount, I sat and watched the timeless spanish art of flamenco for the first time. Heard much prior, and definately was not disappointed. The sounds that throbs your heart, the passion the spanish eyes is simply a must when in Madrid. only cost 25 euros with a drink.
It caters to tourists, but dont be turned off by that. Very good i think.
It sounds very much like the Arabic Call to Prayers you hear in the Arab world. or like a long drawn out beautiful recitation. But here, the passion is amazing. there was like 3 different female dancers, and one male dancer, who stole the show with his power and charisma. The females however, won my heart with their desperate pleas, beautiful voices.
Whether you chose a more touristy version or some of the more low-key local options ensure that include flamenco in your Madrid itinerary. This uniquely Spanish dance form truly captures the vibrance and energy of the Iberian peninsula. Most venues offer dinner with the ticket as well as a drink only option. The option with dinner tends to be over priced so I recommend looking for a well-recommended tasca before making your way to the show.
There are several venues in Madrid and your hotel concierge or front desk should be able to recommend and book a reservation for you.
In my opinion, Corral de la Moreria has the best Flamenco in Madrid! I've been studying abroad in Madrid for the past 4 months, and trust me, have visited my share of Flamenco Tablaos- and none compare to Corral. The optional dinner is delicious, the dancers are phenomenal, and the atmosphere is very exciting and lively. Tickets are either 32 or 35 euros, make sure to make reservations ahead of time! : )
Dress Code: Casual, but you can dress up if you're in the mood as some are : )
This is probable the cheapest flamenco show in Madrid, and not bad. It is located in a street running parallel to the boulevard La Castellana.
The price is very cheap, about 15 euros including a drink, while other flamenco shows in Madrid such as Café de Chinitas, Torres Bermejas, or El Corral de la Pacheca will charge you at least 25 or 30 euros for the show.
Dress Code: no special requirements for dresses
This place was unblievable! The two that were performing had so much energy that they just shook the whole place! I was lucky enough to be sitting right next to the stage and when they started stomping I started bouncing! They were so powerful! The closer she got to me the more afraid I was of getting cracked in the head with those (lovely sculptured) legs! Would have been worth it though! The band that played behind them were made up of four men that were pounding out the notes on their instruments as hard as the dancers were pounding on the stage! We ordered drinks and had two before the show started. I love how the waitress flips out when you give them a tip! It is great and they come back quicker too!
Dress Code: Just like if you were going out for the night! Look good at all times in Madrid cause you never know who you will run into!
Dont forget to make reservations if you are going cause it gets packed! And you dont want to get stuck in the back!
There are several places to see flamenco in Madrid. I like Casa Patas because they feature many well known visiting artists and its a place that Spanish people like to go too. There are generally less dancers than you would see in a typical "tablao" but this place is more authentic. They have two shows a day and also a restaurant with typical spanish food, a little expensive but not too bad. When I was there the flamenco artists and all their friends were dining at the restaurant.
Call for times and reservations, cost is about 25 E per person.
As in the whole of Spain, the most loved folklore in Madrid is flamenco, an explosive amalgam of Spanish old singings and dances that were enriched and consolidated when absorbed aspects of gracious Gypsies movements coming from India, Jews chants from their synagogues, Arabs melodies, fragments of remote Byzantine liturgy, and North African rhythms. It was born in a marginal and intercultural Andalusian society (Argentinean Tango emerged under the same social conditions). Flamenco Clubs are called TABLAO. In Madrid I recommend CORRAL DE LA MORERIA, centrally located and probably the best, where Hugh Grant and Richard Gere go every time that they come to Madrid to promote a new film. CAFÉ DE CHINITAS is also OK and centrally located. EL CORRAL DE LA PACHECA is good, in an old wooden theatre of comedies, but far from the centre. FLORIDA PARK, situated inside the huge Parque del Retiro, offers a Flamenco Show with original modern elements, type lasers, vapours and other effects.
If you go to the second show which starts at about 11 you may be lucky enough to see one of the real stars of Spanish Flamenco. You will notice that there are only tourists at the first show but that Spaniards are at the second. Also during the second show there is only a 2 drink minimum in addition to the cover which saves you having to eat the appaling food. This is a pricey place about E25 in but is really worth it.