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Spain's complex capital
Once little more than a Roman way station and Moorish fort, Madrid owes much of its existence to the fickle patronage of the kings of Spain. The city’s transition from sleepy backwater to imperial capital and modern metropolis has been erratic, leaving Madrid with a complex personality. The crowded flea markets of the Rastro, the green spaces of the Retiro, the Habsburg pomp of Los Austrias and the bold vision of the new Reina Sofia museum are just some of the sides of this multi-faceted city.
Madrid’s little flamenco club with lots of character
Formerly a gypsy-run bordello, Los Gabrieles is a long-established flamenco club that is very popular with the celebrities. Ava Gardner used to frequent the club and famous bullfighter Manolete was a regular. Every wall of the place is covered with artist Enrique Guijo’s artwork.
The colorful ceramic illustrations at Los Gabrieles depict everything from bullfighting to the grim reaper. For a more relaxing experience, visit the bar during the afternoon hours or in the early evening. A more exciting time will happen after 10pm when everything gets going and and the dancing begins. The music is described as being a modern mix of salsa, funk and Flamenco. Weekly Flamenco shows start at 10pm.
C/ Echegaray 17 , Madrid
- 91 369 07 57
- Mon-Thurs, Sun 1pm-2.30am; Fri and Sat 1pm-3.3am