08 Mar Best Flamenco Shows in Madrid 2017
Corral de la Morería (The Morería Corral)
It is one of the oldest “tablaos” in the capital; they opened in 1956. Since their opening they have become one of those places that’s famous because they crossed borders and they have not been small with their friendly social personalities and have not closed for one night and have enjoyed this show. From the biggest actresses and actors from North American movies from the past century like Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth or Charlton Heston, to politicians and presidents like George Bush, Richard Nixon, and John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Carlos Menem, and huge artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
Lastly they have hosted people in Madrid from Australia like Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Rob Schneider, Adrian Brody, Natalie Portman, or Richard Gere, among others. On the stage of the Morería corral, they have hosted the best singers, the best guitarists, and the most well known flamenco artists: Isabel Pantoja, La Chunga, Antonio Gades, the White King, or the Imperial Pastor. Many people consider it as the Cathedral of Flamenco Art in Spain. In reality, it is counted as its own stable frame of dancers, guitarists, and singers. This is a place of the Madrilène night that you do not want to miss.
Also, this establishment counts with two different gastronomic spaces, in which the chef, David García, presents his proposals. The Morería Corral restaurant is a unique place in which the chef creates a gastronomic proposal that is very personal and is designed exclusively for four tables. And Tablao Restaurant has the capacity where you can also find a stage in which you can enjoy this unique experience.
Torres Bermejas (Red Towers)
This room, whose decoration is the imitation of the Alhambra of Granada, is one of the most well known flamenco tablaos of the capital. With more than 50 years on their backs, in the beginning he was a witness to the discovery of song artists and flamenco dancers, like Camarón and Paco of Lucía.
Today it is realized with great well-known international figures and a flamenco painting formed by more than 20 people. A live show, whose art leaves people with a feeling when they leave the room that they will enjoy it and both boys and girls will understand it. A singer, a Spanish guitarist, and accompanied hands accompany the flamenco dancers, where improvisation plays a very important role.
Also classic Spanish dance shows at the end offer a “path” through various dances of our country. This local, a path of Gran Vía, also is a restaurant, in whose letter can find an inspired kitchen author who was inspired by the traditional gastronomy of the market.
Café de Chinitas (Chinitas Café)
This flamenco tablao restaurant opened its doors in 1970, and is situated in a beautiful small location in a palace from the XVIII century, the decoration is inspired by Federico García Lorca and the bullfighting world together with the Manila shawls, made this flamenco tablao an ideal place to get lost in the flamenco spell and the Spanish gastronomy, feeling our specialty, the paella is one of our greatest offers.
Café de Chinitas like its good name, tries to revive its clients to the best times when Flamenco lived in Spain: the stage of the Café’s singers. Half of the XIX century was the golden age and these cafes were where writers and intellectuals would meet, chat and discuss all types of topics without the calls of the Café’s singers where they would sing at night, and you could enjoy the show while drinking liquor or something else. There was a time in which Madrid was given bullfighting appointments, artists, and other thousands of custom people that resulted in romantic travelers and is seen by guests when they arrive to our location. Artists like Chunga, Serranito, or bullfighters made sculptures that became very popular, and Sanguino also became very popular. (He is the sculptor of the Almudena doors).
Surrounded by the beautiful views of Madrid, in “Madrid of the Austrias,” Las Carboneras tablao is one of the temples of Flamenco art in the capital. Located in the basement of the palace of Miranda Conde, this space was born with the idea to recover singers’ cafes, and has been combined with an image and a vanguard style, which made for actual flamenco.
His paintings included singers and dancers of the size of Montse Cortés or José Anillo, the guitars of Juan Soto or Flavio Rodríguez, artists like “La Tacha”, Manuela Vega, Alfonso Losa, David Paniagua, and figures of prestigious renown like Rafael Amargo, Manuel Reyes, Rocío Molina or Yolanda Heredia.
Las Carboneras is premised where they breathe art, from dance, to singing, and to interpretation with all passion of the flamenco detaches in each chord. It is also a restaurant whose plates offer traditional Spanish dishes with a touch of creativity.
Las Tablas (The Tables)
This restaurant is located on the border between Gran Vía and Princess, which offers a fusion of sounds and flavors of distinct provenances. The rhythm of a box and the strumming of a Spanish guitar perfectly accompany each other with the melody of a saxophone that improves the song.
But in Las Tablas not everything is music, they also have puppet shows, storytelling shows, and theater from the last generation. And to complete this show, why not accompany it with something cold like a tapa?
This combination is possible in Las Tablas, it already offers the possibility to try the most typical tapas of the region accompanied with good wine, a beer, or a soda, while one of them is left to bring by rhythms and actions, so no one leaves indifferent.
As if it were a novel, this establishment is situated in one of the oldest caves that served as a shelter many years ago to bandits captained by the well-known Luis Candelas, hence the name of the place. Actually, the decoration is inspired in a classic Andalusia patio where renowned flamencos show all of their art to a crowd of tourists who visit it daily.
In addition to the main show, you can make a reservation to celebrate flamenco sessions where you can invite anyone who is willing to sing or dance. Camarón was one of the artists that attended, so according to a lot of visitors, his spirit followed them in the environment. There is an icing that they typically put on tapas and the delicious sangria that they serve with it makes it great, especially with inseparable companions of make it a good Spanish evening.
A few steps from Puerta del Sol, in the Cardamomo tablao, there are Spanish guitar and percussion teachers, prestigious singers, dancers, and flamenco dancers that perform in front of the public and give them a direct show, one that is unique and singular.
In the cozy and happy atmosphere of the room, 45 minutes before the show, they also offer dinner service: Andalusia gazpacho is the first course at the table; the popular Spanish tortilla, made with caged eggs, has a tempting rival in the sirloin steak; Although the most decided has been made clear that the veal meatballs are the best choice. The popular sangria cannot be missed: they elaborate on it artistically with natural fruit juices and a touch of a cinnamon stick.
The tablao has excellent sound and lighting quality, under the direction of their own professional team that brings the show and the atmosphere to life and is required in flamenco: it makes it intimate and vibrant at the same time.
Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco is part of the Census of Premises of the “Cultural Heritage of the City of Madrid” and therefore is one of the only flamenco shows of Madrid that The New York Times recommends.
It has become a place of worship for lovers of good flamenco; this place is located in the area of Sol (it is a combination room of shows and restaurants), which seems to be in the tourist guides as one of the best places that offer the most authentic flamenco in Madrid.
Casa Patas is a singular establishment that combines traditional Spanish gastronomical art and live, quality flamenco shows.
In addition to singing and dancing, in this room you can win flamenco and bullfighting prizes, CD and book presentations, and photography expositions. As decoration in the restaurant, there are photos of artists who have been there.
This centenary place, a renowned flamenco tablao, is historical from the Madrilène night of castiza. Two picadors created it in 1911, it is located in the Santa Ana Plaza, and is also where they found the old Victoria hotel, famous for having hosted many bullfighters.
Easily recognizable by its impressive tile façade, the largest stage for singers and flamenco dancers that work frequently with art celebrities and extravaganzas like Ernest Hemingway or Ava Gardner. Its lounges, decorated with arcades and rich coffered ceilings, contain two daily passes for singers and dancers almost every year.
In front of the stage, the public gets situated at their tables where they can have a drink or eat dinner from a menu composed of Iberian sausages, salads, grilled meats, fried fish or paella, among other specialties (from midday). Like curiosity, it is good to mention that Pedro Almodóvar sat at this local place for his first scene in his movie Tacones distances, starring Victoria Abrial and Miguel Bosé.
This tablao, located in the neighborhood of Acacias, is a space of reference for the fans of the world of flamenco and for everyone who wants to be close to this art that is considered patrimonial and a universal culture.
With simple and careful decoration, where all of this is arranged, the show is at the center of attention, Café Ziryab hosts original and innovative flamenco shows and, as well as more classic paintings, in addition to singing and touching recitals. It also contains round tables and meetings for fans inside of the organized activities for the flamenco rock.
To complete the evening, Café Ziryab offers the possibility to eat something while enjoying the show, with a menu that includes portions of ham, salmon, or mojama, cheese boards…etc.