Immerse yourself in the famous flamenco show Madrid offers by attending one of these shows in our favorite tablaos (Flamenco bars). It will be an unforgettable night, with the best artists and the best gastronomy if you choose the option of show with dinner! It’s difficult to decide on one, but we’ll try to make it easier for you by telling you everything you need to know about each of these flamenco temples.
1. TABLAO FLAMENCO TORRES BERMEJAS
📍 Calle de Mesonero Romanos, 11
The interior of this tablao is beautiful and truly worth seeing. It replicates the interior of the Bermejas Towers of the Alhambra in Granada with walls and ceilings of Arab motifs. Apart from the impressive decoration, the flamenco that you’ll find here is authentic. No wonder, for Cats Staff it is the best flamenco show in Madrid. After more than 50 years of shows, they continue to make their audience to fall in love thanks to the atmosphere created through music and dance.
They have different shows throughout the season covering different styles of flamenco. The guitarist, the clapping, and the singers accompany the bailaores and bailaoras, creating an intimate experience where improvisation plays an important role. Its food does not disappoint either: they offer fixed menus included with the show price that are inspired by the traditional Spanish cuisine and signature cuisine.
Camarón performed here for 12 years… what if you happen to go there and meet the next legend of flamenco?
2. CORRAL DE LA MORERÍA
📍 Calle de la Morería, 17
This tablao is one of the oldest in the capital, it has been open since 1956 and gained popularity for hosting very famous personalities and for always being open! Hollywood stars like Gary Cooper or Rita Hayworth, as well as famous artists like Picasso or Dalí, were some of their clients. These days, don’t be surprised to find movie and music stars, government presidents, or members of royal families here.
But that’s not what makes this place remarkable, rather it’s the prize of the Best Flamenco Tablao in the World which they won! Isabel Pantoja debuted here and Paco de Lucía performed his famous hit ‘Entre dos aguas’. It’s not for nothing that many people consider El Corral de la Morería as the temple of flamenco in Spain…
In addition, this establishment has two gastronomic spaces with fresh ideas that keep up with their shows, that is, fine cuisine!
3. CAFÉ DE CHINITAS
📍 Calle de Torija, 7
Café Chinitas opened in an 18th-century palace and it was inspired by the famous Café Chinitas in Malaga, which was the most important ‘café cantante’ in Spain. These were venues that offered live musical performances, but from the 1960s flamenco tablaos took this role.
Café de Chinitas tries to recreate that golden age of the mid-nineteenth century cafes, where intellectuals and personalities of the time met to discuss any subject and enjoy some liquor while the cantaores acted. Nowadays, you can taste authentic Spanish cuisine here, with its cocido madrileño the star dish that everyone talks about.
Its stage is famous for its decoration with colorful manila shawls, and for being the home of renowned artists such as La Chunga or Rosario. They opt for globalization in their cast and have foreign dancers.
4. THE CARBONERAS
📍 Plaza del Conde de Miranda, 1
It’s located in one of the most traditional areas of the capital, Madrid of the Austrians, and was also created with the idea of recovering the old cafés cantante, but also adapting to contemporary times, with a very avant-garde style.
They combine top shows, with periodic exhibitions of plastic artists, and quality gastronomy. This perfect combination ensures all the tables are always booked, by locals and tourists alike.
Here you breathe art, as the artists devote their body and soul to dancing and singing, and their impeccable interpretation will get you excited. You do not have to be an expert in flamenco to spend an unforgettable night here!
5. TABLAO FLAMENCO LAS TABLAS
📍 Plaza de España, 9
This is another classic tablao of Madrid located between Gran Via and Calle Princesa, in the center of Madrid. It offers a fusion of sounds and flavors from different origins that touches the entire audience.
The good thing about flamenco tablaos is that every night can be a unique show, since they improvise a lot and they generate much more rapport with the audience than a theater would. That touch of freshness is what defines Las Tablas. Their presentations are varied and high quality. And, not everything is flamenco, since they also offer puppet shows, storytelling, and last generation theater.
Its food offerings are simple, as they know that people go mainly for flamenco, but the products are top-notch (cheeses, pates, Iberian sausages). The price of show and tapas is more than reasonable. They have two daily passes, so more chances for you to not to miss it!
6. TABLAO FLAMENCO VILLA ROSA
📍 Plaza de Santa Ana, 15
Credit: Tablao Flamenco Villa Rosa
This centenary establishment is a renowned flamenco tablao, the oldest in Madrid. It opened its doors in 1911 near Hotel Victoria, which was famous for housing many well-known bullfighters of the time. In fact, it was two picadors (those responsible for measuring the bravery of the bulls) and a banderillero (the one in charge of putting the flags) who were behind its opening.
Every night Villa Rosa tablao is wrapped in a unique Andalusian atmosphere, with great dancers, guitarists, and singers. Of course, you can accompany the show with a drink or dinner, choosing between dishes such as grilled meat, fried fish or paella.
It’s easily recognizable by its impressive facade of tiles in the privileged enclave of the Plaza de Santa Ana. Its interior is inspired by the Alhambra of Granada and the style is Andalusian Arabic, with well-elaborated arches and ceilings. The tiles that decorate the walls are real jewels with bullfighting and flamenco scenes, so it’s not surprising that this place has fascinated clients as important as Ernest Hemingway or Ava Gardner. Moreover, prestigious directors such as Pedro Almodóvar or Fernando Trueba have recorded scenes of their movies here.
📍 Calle Echegaray, 15
Only a few steps away from Puerta del Sol, in this tablao the masters of guitar and percussion, singers, dancers, and bailaoras, give themselves body and soul creating a unique and very personal atmosphere.
The live performances take place 3 times a day on every day of the week. And the admission fee includes a welcome drink. There is also the possibility to enjoy a full dinner, à la carte or from a menu. They have up to 6 different menus with the most emblematic dishes from every corner of Spain. There are options for all tastes!
The tablao takes care of even the smallest detail: the quality of lighting and sound is incredible; the setting is vibrant, and customer service is impeccable. The only flamenco tablao recommended by the New York Times and it has been recognized as “Cultural Heritage of Madrid”, go and discover why!
8. CASA PATAS
📍 Calle Cañizares, 10
You can breathe flamenco in Casa Patas as soon as you step inside, its walls are decorated with photos of the artists who have passed by. And part of their clientele is many artists who have established in the capital.
It has two well-differentiated spaces, the tavern-restaurant with access from the street and open to the public, and the tablao in the back behind another door, for people attending a show (where you can also eat and drink). By having this independent room, all external distractions and favors are eliminated, and an attitude of respect towards the artists is created.
It’s a point of reference for flamenco art, and, in addition to the nightly show, they hold exclusive flamenco singing recitals, photo exhibitions or book presentations. Many tourist guides consider it one of the best tablaos in Madrid, but if you needed an extra reason to go, it’s literally two steps from the door of Cats Hostel Madrid Sol!
9. CAFÉ ZIRYAB
📍 Paseo de la Esperanza, 17
Ziryab was a poet, gourmet, musician and singer, famous for introducing the refined oriental customs in the Cordoba court. Ziryab Café aims to capture the spirit of this great character, innovator and forerunner in many disciplines, creating a space where music, gastronomy, and pedagogy coexist, as well as other cultural disciplines.
With simple but very careful decoration, the show is the center of attention. Flamenco is made up of many styles or “palos” and their goal is getting you to listen as many as possible. This is a space of knowledge and enjoyment and those who come to a flamenco show in Madrid for the first time here will want to explore further.
To complete the evening, you can choose from a variety of cold tapas and wines on the menu. This evening will be a delight for your five senses!
📍 Calle del Olmo, 2
Perhaps the most authentic and reveler local of all this list, in fact, it closes at 6:00 in the morning! It became the home of many flamenco and non-flamenco artists who did not necessarily come to act but to give away their art. Camarón, Paco de Lucía, Tomatito have all been seen here, as well other international artists such as Ruben Blades, Sade, Alicia Keys, all eager to enjoy what the place had to offer.
Flamenco shows are held on Fridays and Saturdays, but the rest of the nights continue to be a club for rumba and flamenco, so please consider coming here to have fun!
The decoration is inspired by the classic Andalusian patios and crossing the main stage you can go downstairs to access to its famous cave, a place full of memories, dances, and laughs and anecdotes that are already part of the history of flamenco. It’s said that Enrique Morente celebrated his birthday there for three days in a row.
In this place, everything can happen because there are always interesting people around. It’s less than a minute away from Cats Madrid Hostel, so you have no excuse to not to go and enjoy an authentic experience!