A wide range of bars offering the finest flamenco atmospheres
With the rise of flamenco bars in the 19th century, flamenco enjoyed its finest hour in the capital. These days, the flamenco bars and clubs are carrying on the tradition, offering a chance to see flamenco at its purest every night, while enjoying a fine meal or a drink.
Dress Code: Our journey begins in the most traditional flamenco tapas bars in Madrid. At 11 o clock every night, the waiters and the audience sing “la salve”, a tradition which “comes directly from Jerez”, according to the venue manager Rafael Cantero. “The lights go down, and candles are lit in order to get the singers in the mood, and the audience is given a song sheet so that they can join in”.
Not only can the audience enjoy the finest local music, but they can also enjoy the traditional tapas and dishes such as gazpacho, potatoes, fried fish and bull tail, and wines such as sherry and manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
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)
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 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.
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:
Corral de la Moreria is perhaps the most famous scene for Flamenco dancing in the world. It has made its fame during the 47 years of establishing (founded in 1956).
Many are those prominent guests that have passed their evening here.
You can dine or just take a drink with something small to eat.
The cost is 30 euro for the show plus cost for what you eat and drink.
The atmosphere in this relatively small local is very "Spanish" and you will enjoy a very good music show with singing and dancing.
On the scene appears both established artists as new one. On my visit among others were Juan Andres Maya and Belen Fernandez, the last one a tiny small beautiful Spanish girl with unbelievable strength and force in her steps.
I had seen Flamenco shows in other countries but not Spain, that is a crime. I almost went to one in Sevilla, but at the end it never happen. I had been reluctant of going to one in Madrid as I herd they where touristy oriented. (meaninf they are not real traditional)
On my last visit JoseL a VT member invited us to the oppening of a new "tablado" (that is wood, where they dance).
I must admit we all had a great time. For myself and Alexa it was the first time in Spain, for the rest of the crowd it was still very good.
Flamenco show's will usually play songs from different regions. Each region has a slightly different music and dance. Dancer will dress appropiatly for each song.
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!
Not the most authentic around but perhaps not as commercialised as.. can't really remember.. is it called the little china dolls? gosh!
But this was good.. small cosy restaurant.. cost about 25Euros i think
Dress Code: Casual
Casa Patas is a great night spot not far from the Peurta Del Sol. The Flamenco is amazing and very authentic. The performers are very good and equally as dramatic and I witnessed in Sevilla. This is a small night club atmosphere where the performers are right next to you. Be warned that if you are from North America where smoking is virtually banned, in Casa Patas and most Spanish night clubs there will be lots of smoke!! Get used to it because it is not worth missing the great Flamenco over it!
But I should stress again in this tip I guess that this is not touristy flamenco, this is very popular authentic flamenco with lots of local people there.
Dress Code: Casual
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.
A nice charming bar to start up the night. Famous for its attractive painted-ceramic tiles with typical spanish wines advertisings. Live shows some nights.
For the shows, look at: Los Gabrieles
Flamenco started in Andalusia, but flamenco in Madrid is in high level dancing art too. Professional cante flameco with guitar sounds in the “Casa Patas” club (Calle de Canisares 10). Tablao reputation has “Café – de - Chinitas” (Calle Torija 7) where you can see flamenco dancing.
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.