Essential Flamenco
Essential Flamenco
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Bars & ClubsTheater & Performances
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Sol
How to get there
  • Vodafone Sol • 1 min walk
  • Tirso de Molina • 4 min walk
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5.0
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Celine02
Amiens, France9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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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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Kenzie K
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The show was absolutely stunning. With only three rows of seats, the emotions of the artists and dancers can be felt up close. I would declare this a “must see” show in Madrid. 10/10 🥰 I enjoyed the fact that we didn’t have waiters coming in and out for dinner, it made for a more immersive experience. We got to bring our drinks downstairs as well.
Written February 5, 2024
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Charlie66
Alderton, UK515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
You can’t come to Spain and not see a Flamenco show! Although this is in the heart of tourist-land don’t be put off. It is really good and properly auténtico. It is short and to the point set in an intimate cellar environment. Good fun, highly recommended
Written October 1, 2023
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Ivana N
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Great Flamenco show with fantastic artists! One hour of captivating dancing, singing and music. I liked that it was not dining. There is sangria/ or another drink included in the ticket. This is well recommended if you are visiting Madrid.
Written March 19, 2023
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Missjessicalina
Glasgow, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Molly A
Toronto, Canada52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Raewyn J
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Fantastic show! Very happy we chose to see this authentic show versus the other shows that include tapas. The venue was very neat and intimate; I would guess max seating would be for 60 people, but there were far less at our show. Also, the show was only an hour, which seemed like the perfect amount of time, you weren't left wanting more or feeling like it was too much. If you aren't familiar with the city, give yourself a bit of extra time if you're using Google Maps. Our 10 minute walk ended up closer to 20 as we zig-zagged thru many little streets.
Written August 18, 2019
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Hello Raewynj: The idea of mixing food with flamenco begins with the first influx of tourism in the 1960s (setting the tone for the tourist tsunamis that take place in Spain as we know it today). Some well-known merchants came up with the idea of selling Flamenco (in its folkloric version: sevillanas dancing) and at the same time serving food such as paella (reheated). Today, most of the tablaos are “restaurants with show”, without accepting - for economic reasons - that this is an art that sustains itself; Moreover, the noise of a restaurant, with its waiters circulating around the room, overwhelms, thus making it difficult to appreciate this musical genre as the great art that it is. Thanks for your comment.
Written December 19, 2019
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YFM
MN36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
travelling129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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