As one of Spain’s most famous tablaos (flamenco clubs), the Corral de la Morería in Madrid has been producing flamboyant and moving flamenco performances for nearly 60 years. Thanks to its reputation, the Corral de la Morería attracts its fair share of world-renowned dancers as well as the occasional A-List celebrity spotted among the audience.
With seating around individual tables for a capacity of just 140, the club feels intimate and cozy, furnished in simple rustic style and with great views of the small stage from all sides. With two shows lasting over an hour every night, each featuring 11 performers, revered names from the world of flamenco who have danced their wild, passionate flamenco here include Blanca del Rey and Antonio Gades. The current artistic director, Blanca del Rey, has also received many awards for the stunning choreography of the flamenco shows.
While it is wise to opt for a drink-and-dance combination-ticket and eat elsewhere when visiting many of Madrid’s flamenco clubs, the cuisine in Corral de la Morería is far superior to most, giving visitors the chance to sample a contemporary take on traditional Spanish dishes such as Iberian ham and Galician lamb, accompanied by fine Rioja wines. However, factor in all the costs and don’t expect entertainment at this gold-standard level to come in cheap!
Corral de la Morería is at Calle Morería 17 in the heart of old Madrid. Ticket prices vary and shows take place at 8:30 and 10:30pm; arrive an hour earlier for dinner. Take the Metro or bus nos. 3 or 148 to La Latina.