Forget the touristy flamenco joints your hotel will try pushing on you—drink an extra coffee and head here instead. La Candela doesn’t even open until 11PM, and starting around midnight it comes alive with a friendly mixed-age crowd and sudden onsets of flamenco. Nothing is really scheduled, but the owner knows everybody in the scene, and flamenco performers come here almost nightly to strut their stuff. A privileged inner circle go back to La Cueva (”The Cave”) for a more private performance, while we commoners have to satisfy ourselves with the tunes echoing down the hall. If nobody is playing in the front room, the sound system takes over, and people dance to that instead. The walls are covered in autographed pictures of flamenco’s glitterati and colorful concert posters. It’s popular with the after-hours crowd because it stays open until 5:30AM. on weekdays and 6AM on weekends.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 PM to 05:00 AM
- Type: Theme Bars
- Accept Credit Card: visa, mastercard
- Nearest Train: Antón Martín