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Where to see flamenco in Madrid: tablaos

 

Where can you see flamenco in Madrid? You have many good options (a tablao, a bar flamenco or other small venues). But if this is your first contact with the flamenco culture, the easiest and most enjoyable option is to go to a tablao.

Why? Because you should definitely immerse yourself into the contagious passion of a flamenco show and experience it first hand in all its glory.

Whether you want to go to a tablao flamenco, you are looking for a traditional show or you prefer an authentic flamenco show in Madrid, you can have a full array of experiences.

You don’t know where to go with so many choices… Well, here is the best flamenco show in Madrid for you.

 

Where to see flamenco in Madrid: go to a tablao

It is the place where flamenco shows are performed. They started to become very popular in Spain in the 1960s and are the natural substitute of the traditional cafés cantantes.

Tablaos offer a very professional show, where you can get to see the 3 forms of flamenco expression: singing, dancing and playing the guitar. In addition to this, every show has a great choreography allowing you to enjoy different palos. Besides the quality of the artists, the dresses and the set up are excellent.

Nevertheless, some claim that these kind of shows are just a tourist trap. While it’s true that you’ll hardly find any Spaniard (not to say a Madrileño…) among the crowd, the tablaos have a legitimate purpose: to communicate and honor the flamenco traditions. As a result, you’ll get to see and know one the most ancient and acclaimed dances.

Unfortunately, some tablaos are part of the touristic circuits and can be packed. It’s not rare to see a bus full of foreigners in front of a tablao. Moreover, prices are frankly not cheap. But if you want to save some money, eat first at some great tapas bar and then go for the drink + show ticket.

If you are looking for an espectáculo flamenco full of experts and true fans, then you should try somewhere else. But remember that flamenco is based on improvisation so you may only see a music performance and no dancing, or nothing at all because these performances aren’t announced well in advance.

So below you will find a list with the most important tablaos where you can enjoy flamenco in Madrid. The city is full of them, but here you have the best ones and a map where you can locate them.

 

Corral de la Morería

Address: Calle Morería, 17

Shows: Every night. 1st show at 19:30 and 2nd show at 21:30 (Sun-Thu) or 22:15 (Fri & Sat).

Tickets: Drink + show, tapas + show or fixed-price menu + show (available online)

Corral de la Morería may be the most famous tablao flamenco in the world and one of the most recognized flamenco establishments in Spain. National leading artists of flamenco perform every night and of course the excellence in service, with a warm and personalized hospitality.

The tablao was founded by Manuel del Rey in 1956, making it one of the oldest, continuously run flamenco establishments in the country. Over the years the establishment has featured a long list of famous flamenco artists.

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Teatro Flamenco Madrid

Address: Calle del Pez, 10

Shows: Every night. 1st show at 18:30, 2nd show at 20:30, and 3rd show at 22:15.

Tickets: Drink + show, tapas + show or menu à la carte + show (available online)

The Teatro Flamenco Madrid hosts a unique and different way of feeling and living flamenco. Feel the rhythm of the guitar and the stomping of dancing feet on the stage during this flamenco show in a small and intimate theater.

The program  features a group of top level artists (singers, dancers and guitarists) who combine their art to offer different performances in two nightly shows. The performance offers a unique experience in a venue with an intimate atmosphere, capable of creating a special connection between the spectator and artist.

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La Taberna de Mister Pinkleton

Address: Calle Cuchilleros, 7

Shows: Every night. 1st show at 18:00, 2nd show at 20:00, and 3rd show at 22:00.

Tickets: Drink + show or menu à la carte + show (available online)

Experience the passion and energy of Spain’s most celebrated art form with a live flamenco show at La Taberna de Mister Pinkleton, a Madrid institution since the 1960s. The atmosphere of this place is intimate and traditional, full of the Spanish essence and carefully maintained.

Three flamenco shows are available every day, and consists of 4-5 artists including guitarist, singers and dancers. The repertory is varied and focused on the main palos, that are explained by the performers.

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Las Tablas

Address: Plaza de España, 9

Shows: Every night. 1st show at 19:00 and 2nd show at 21:00.

Tickets: Drink + show, tapas + show or menu à la carte + show (available online)

Founded in 2003, Las Tablas has been carefully designed and directed by Marisol Navarro and Antonia Moya, two very well-known artists in the Spanish flamenco scene.

The owners have a strong dedication to the local and national flamenco scene and often include special flamenco themed nights outside of only the music. The performances can vary from traditional to more contemporary versions of flamenco, depending on the artists each night.

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