Casa Patas – Flamenco and food

Casa Patas is a well-known and well established restaurant. It also shares the distinction of being a place where you can not only eat good quality, traditional Spanish food, ranging from lamp chops and steaks to salads and beans, but also listen and watch the very best Flamenco shows (its in a side room and you will have to pay for this). Its famous guests include Johnny Depp, Naomi Campbell, Antonio Canales and William Dafoe. Once when I was there, the famous Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucía was seated on the table next to mine – it made my year!

Address: c/ Cañizares, 10. Metro: Tirso de Molina or Antón Martín. A map can be found on their Web site along with a list of upcoming events and menus (all in English!)

Plaza Santa Ana

Plaza Santa Ana is a great place to start an evening’s entertainment in Madrid. The Madrileños will often start arriving to this area around 11pm on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Plaza Santa Ana is a very pleasant square just off Puerta del Sol and situated in an older barrio of Madrid; indeed the house where Miguel de Cervantes (writer of Don Quixote) lived is a couple of streets away in calle Cervantes. The square is home to the oldest theatre in Madrid, Teatro Español, which was built in 1745 and puts on classical Spanish productions. At night the square becomes one of the most important hot spots for night time entertainment.

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