This page contains a review to a popular flamenco show in Madrid including a guide to pricing. You'll also see which venues serve food, and hear a snippet from one of the shows. Madrid is the official centre for flamenco, with many esteemed artists performing here so enjoy a little taste of traditional Musica Espanol Traditional.
All the top Flamenco artists perform in Madrid. Even though Flamenco is traditionally from Andalusia, its true centre is said now, to be in Madrid. You'll find lots of Flamenco shows in Madrid, and they are known as 'tablao's'. Typically a tablao is a venue with a stage where the show is performed, and there is usually an option to dine before the show.
Corral de la Moreria
Street: Calle Moreria, 17
Tel.: +34 91 365 8446 / +34 91 365 1137
Metro: La Latina or Opera
Corral is the oldest Flamenco Tablao in Madrid. Its location (next to the Royal Palace in Madrid's historical center) and decor (pieces dating back to the 18th century) create an ambience reminiscent of the original Flamenco shows.
Corral offers shows every night of the week that start at 20:30 and 22:20 on Monday - Sunday.
Prices start at €32.00 for the show and a drink and are up to €75.00 for a
multi-course dinner and the show.
Taberna Casa Patas
Street: Calle Cañizares, 10
Tel: +34 91 369 0496
Metro: Antón Martin (Light Blue Line, L1) Plus 5 minutes walk.
13:00 - 16:30
Monday - Thursday From 20:00 - 00:00 midnight
Friday and Saturday From 19:30 - 01:00
Price of show: from €32.00 (Always check directly with the venue)
Casa Patas is a well known Flamenco show throughout Madrid. I went on a Tuesday night and even then it was full. The audience contained real Flamenco aficionados from Spain, and not only tourists.
You have to book in advance, and state at the time whether you want dinner before the show, or if you just want to see the Flamenco show. If you want a meal you must turn up between 20:30 and 21:30. (They will tell you 20:30, but many Spanish people turned up much later, as it is not usual to eat so early in Spain).
When you leave the metro, walk uphill for about half a minute and then turn into Calle Magdelena. Walk another few seconds before turning into Cañizares, which is a small cobbled street.
The restaurant is bright and traditional, and the waiters are friendly.
If you've come for the meal, there is a set menu for €32.00. It changes daily but starts with an aperitif. The food is traditional and homemade, and although it is simple it is delicious. You can also choose from fish, meat or salads if you don't want the set menu.
The show begins after dinner, but times change so consult the timetable on the Casa Patas website. You have to 'allow popups' to view the timetable or it will be blocked.
The waiters don't permit you to take photos of the show - even without flash.
The performance on the night of my visit was by the dancers (bailaores) Jesus Fernandez and Estefania Martinez. They danced to the guitar of 'El Niño del Nani' and Pepe Maya, and the voices of Pepe Jimenez, Pedro Jimenez and 'El Ciervo'. The performance was impressive, and Jesus Fernandez in-particularly danced with real passion. Many artists come back and perform in more flamenco shows at Casa Patas, and this group are worth looking out for.
Café de Chinitas
Street: Calle Torija, 7
Tel: +34 91 559 5135
Metro: Santo Domingo (Red Line, L2)
Open: Every day except Sunday.
Flamenco show daily: from 20:30 - 22:30
Show and Drink €31.00
(Dinner available as an extra)
This tablao has attracted many celebrities to see its flamenco show. The building is beautiful, and was originally an 18th century palace. You can choose to watch the show either with or without dinner first, and at this venue photography is not a problem, even with a flash.
Street: Mesonero Romanos, 11
Tel: +34 91 532 3322
Metro: Callao (Green Line, L5)
Open: Every day including Sunday
€35.00 for the show and a drink
(Dinner available as an extra)
This Flamenco show takes place in an exact replica of the Alhambra in Granada. It is stunningly beautiful, and you can take photographs. Many top names in flamenco have performed here.
To find a flamenco show in Madrid, you just head to the centre. There are several good tablaos there. You can choose to either watch the show with a drink, or have dinner first. Most tablaos allow photographs, but you should always check with each establishment before you take your camera. There's no shortage of artists performing in Madrid, and some of the top names come here.