Essential Flamenco
Essential Flamenco
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1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Neighborhood: Sol
How to get there
  • Vodafone Sol • 1 min walk
  • Tirso de Molina • 4 min walk
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  • Ani S
    Toronto, Canada1 contribution
    Fabulous!
    The mood, the music, the dance, and the location were all amazing. It was an intense and very engaging experience especially due to the fact that you're sitting so close to the performers and get to see all the moves and hear all the sounds perfectly well without the need of a sound system. Enjoyed every minute of it!
    Traveled with family
    Written October 26, 2022
  • Bravo! Bravissimo!
    Preço ótimo, comprei facilmente pelo celular, fui recebido com muita educação e cortesia e assisti a um espetáculo muito rico e autêntico. Os músicos são muito talentosos e tocam sem uso de equipamentos eletrônicos, microfones ou amplificadores. Os dançarinos transparecem sua paixão pela dança. Recomendo para quem quer uma experiência mais íntima e pura do Flamenco.
    Written August 31, 2014
  • Missjessicalina
    Glasgow, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Best part of our trip!
    This was by far the best part of our trip. Extremely glad that we went to this one. Staff are incredibly friendly and went out their way to give us incredible seats (private booth in the middle of the room). This place is not open every night (I think it is open Thursday-Sunday) so check and book in advance. This place is a must see if visiting madrid, we will certainly be returning! Thank you for providing fantastic entertainment and an enjoyable experience!
    Written September 12, 2014
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Celine02
Amiens, France8 contributions
Oct 2021
Impossible to book online on the Essential Flamenco website 4 tickets for 2 adults and 2 children for shows on Fridays or Saturdays. It is possible to do so for other days of the week, but it seems kids are less welcome on weekends and their access is more restricted. The website offers no transparency on the topic, with no explanations or warning. That's a shame and our family is spending our money elsewhere with another flamenco show.
Written October 24, 2021
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Companion786259
Hello. We are very sorry about the situation. We are looking at what could have happened, since it must have been an error in the online booking platform and we will solve it as soon as possible.
Written October 25, 2021
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Molly A
Toronto, Canada56 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
I was visiting my partner's family in Spain for the first time and wanted to experience flamenco. We had heard great flamenco at his village, but I also wanted to see flamenco in Madrid. We chose this place because of its great reviews, but we were bitterly disappointed. It's a tourist trap, with indifferent and utterly forgettable performances. I guess they assume tourists will enjoy it because they won't know any better; there were no locals in attendance, which I suppose is good, since my Spanish partner said in disgust afterwards that locals would have booed these performers off the stage.

Where do I begin. The singer and the bailaora, the dancer, both had bitter, indifferent expressions on their faces from the very beginning, that suggested this was a nightly gig for money and nothing more to them. The singer was forgettable at best. The dancer seemed to be or to have once been quite capable, but the stage was so tiny that she could barely move, and did little more than tap her feet and strike dramatic poses. The flamenco guitarist was better, but he too, had an expression that suggested he had little faith in the evening himself. That had a disillusioning effect on me and my partner.

We were bored within 20 minutes. Also, the place brags about having the audience get "within touching distance" of the dancers. I'd say that being that close up is not a plus. You cannot get a full visual sense of the performance or much enjoyment when you're close enough to touch the dancer's dress, see her bitter eye-roll up close, and feel drops of her sweat hit your skin as she spins.

Save your money and seek out a non-tourist trap.
Written July 23, 2014
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Dear Molly We are very sorry that you may not have understood what you have seen. Both the artists and the management of this venue work more for love of this art form than for money, I assure you. Our price, 19.50 euros, is half of what other places are charging. The artistic director of the show, El Mistela, is the winner of a National Flamenco Award. The owner of the venue, Ramiro Figueroa, was director of a university theatre for 15 years. We love all arts and this art form in particular. For this reason we want to revive authentic Flamenco, as it used to be, sung and danced in "El cuarto" ( Flamenco expression used for brick vaulted cellars, spaces which were below ground like ours, to which only the "aficionados", those who understand, had access). A tiny stage ( sometimes it was only a piece of wood to dance on), a pair of dancers, a guitarist, a singer and "maestro", a well known performer specially invited. On this occasion you have seen the mythical Juan Ramirez, an exceptional dancer who began performing 40 years ago with Paco de Lucia. His videos are on YouTube. We do not know what type of Flamenco you have seen before, but we assure you that this art is not performed while smiling. The artists feel what they are performing profoundly and their faces are a reflection of those feelings, often bitter and dramatic. A cellar with a small stage, with no more than 40 people sat around the artists, feeling their emotion "within touching distance" is exactly what we want to offer, and this is how we publicise it. A large stage with amplification, 200 people in the audience, the artists dressed in colourful costumes, dancing Sevillanas, worn out waiters serving paellas, and smiles, lots of smiles- that is exactly what you will find in places for tourists. Not here. Here you only have the essence and the emotion. Here you only have pure Flamenco. With best wishes, the Directors.
Written November 4, 2014
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YFM
MN33 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Went on 9/18/14, 8:30pm show. We had not been able to purchase tickets online in advance so we just showed up and purchased them right there from this really nice lady named Aide. She also kindly let us choose out seats to "reserve them" before the rest of the audience came, though really there is no bad seat in the small theater, it is very cozy so no matter where you seat you are close to the stage. We had read about many other Flamencos in Madrid, all starting at 40 Euros with only one drink, so as usual I checked Tripadvisor and found this one had great reviews and it was only 19.50E with one drink included! The show was awesome, dancing, singing, and traditional Spanish guitar, simply amazing and also affordable. Would recommend to anyone!
Written September 23, 2014
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Aammaarr
London, UK350 contributions
Visited this beautiful venue on trip to Madrid and the show is in a cellar with great traditional dance and music. Priced very reasonably €20 per person. Inc a drink. Very nice show and great atmosphere
Written September 2, 2014
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schnoodleontheroad
travelling137 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Small intimate, traditional flamenco show. Extremely well done. Easy to imagine what it was like in Madrid a hundred years ago - but without watching it through a haze of cigarette smoke. There was some smouldering, but it was on the stage. Passion, intensity, done as much for the dance as for the audience.

There were only 21 people in the audience for the show we saw, which us probably half the capacity of the place. It is intimate.

It is not open in the daytime, but apparently you can buy tickets (or at least reserve them) online. We stopped by the night before we wanted to go at about 7:30 and getting tickets then was not a problem. It's quite inexpensive - about €19 which includes a glass of sangria or soda. There are two shows per evening, each about 45 minutes, so it's a nice way to start the evening before going out for dinner.
Written August 25, 2014
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MissDavina
Townsville, Australia33 contributions
The show was amazing and definitely something to experience if you are staying in Madrid.

Obviously sitting as close to the front as possible in this intimate venue is best. We went with a large group and were seated at the back. Although there is a step up it is still hard to see the dancers' feet.

Some other audience members really frustrated me by holding their cameras up in the air to record the show, thus interfering with our view further. Chronic photo-taking and use of flash cameras should be better monitored to ensure everyone can equally enjoy the show.
Written June 30, 2014
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Sophia E
Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
May 2014 • Family
The perfect flamenco show, inside an old building with red brick. Two flamenco dancers with lots of art. I've seen other flamenco shows in Madrid and this is by far the best. Also, the price is very cheap compared to others, and the duration of the show is the same length as the others. About 50 minutes of pure flamenco. Recommended AAA +
Written May 15, 2014
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DeeN645
Kirkland82 contributions
Dec 2019
At first, you enter and feel the place is dark. But the staff are warm and helpful. They quickly put you in a happy mood with drinks for everyone (they even had juice for the small kids, even though children under 5 are free). In a few minutes, we descend into the belly of the building for these cave like structures with a small stage and 3 rows of chairs. That’s it. No fancy froo-froo. One can quickly imagine this is how it was many years ago. The unassuming and highly talented artists just get up on stage and start singing and dancing and their talent speaks for itself. And one can tell from their chemistry that they’ve done a jam or two together. The camaraderie and love for art is easy for everyone to see. They follow a music only, then music-and-dance, back and forth and back and forth. You are completely immersed in this experience. We loved the performance and we can’t wait to come back again.
Written December 30, 2019
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Hello Dee: Fantastic review! Descriptive, and from the heart. You’ve captured exactly what this is about: "No fancy froo -froo.” Our artistic director, "El Mistela", expresses it in these words: "Flamenco without costume jewelry". Flamenco is high art and does not need additives or distractions. There is no overheated paella (this art is not made to serve as an accompaniment to a dinner, although sometimes being purists of this position excludes us of some benefits). There are no unnecessary microphones (devices that distance the audience from artists). There are no tables or columns, or noisy waiters. There is only you, and your drink (this is necessary to see flamenco hehe )and art unfolding within a meter of you; the passion, the truth (and at this distance it is impossible to fake it) literally splashing you with the sweat of the dancers. This is flamenco! Feelings, complicity between performers, connection with the public. You've got it. You’ve felt it! You don't know how much it excites us to have an audience of your sensitivity. Thanks for being here.
Written February 28, 2020
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Elaine O'Brien
6 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Setting good, musicians good, but very little dancing -one couple and the male dude minimal. All band and dancers were sniggering at private joke. Lasted less than 50 mins for €35. Having seen flamenco in Granada I was keen for friends to see other as it was so dramatic and breathtaking. The only thing breiterating about this performance was price. Went weds 25th September. Would NOT recommend
Written October 2, 2019
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kimbic68
McKinney, TX19 contributions
Aug 2019
Wanted to see Flamenco while in Madrid. Read every review I could find and chose Essential Flamenco. Small intimate group setting. Dancers, singers and musicians were amazing. Felt every beat and movement. We chose the early show on a Friday night and there were about 12 people in the performance area.
Written September 15, 2019
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Hello Kim: The maximum capacity of spectators in our room is 60 people. But when there is less (12 in your case), the show acquires the characteristics of a private party, which is how flamenco was enjoyed some 100 years ago. At that time it was not yet a public art (there were no places where you could pay a ticket and see flamenco), so people with money would hire the artists and in one of the many brick caves that exist in the city center, would experience what you have experienced in our venue . Thank you for your kind comment.
Written December 19, 2019
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