As in all of Spain, much “nightlife” consists of eating and drinking. For a slightly edgy feel, head to Taberna Casa Manteca, Corralón de los Carros, 66 (tel. 95-621-36-03), a Barrio La Viña hangout for flamencos, corrida aficionados, and lovers of all things pork. The owners are sons of a famous matador, and bullfight memorabilia decorates the walls like religious paintings in a church. The place opens a little before noon and closes when the last patrons stagger out, usually after 2am.
There are two good options for flamenco. Peña Flamenco Juanito Villar, Paseo Fernando Quiñones, s/n, at Playa La Caleta (tel. 95-622-52-90), is a small, traditionally tiled taberna with a stage at one end for flamenco on Friday nights. There’s no admission charge, but you’re expected to eat and drink. Call after 1pm to reserve a table. The Centro de Interpretacón del Flamenco also hosts flamenco performances on Friday nights. The 20€ price includes a light supper and a drink, but unlike the commercial tablaos, this is an intimate show for only about 20 people. Both are great choices, with Juanito Villar being a little more free-wheeling and the center more earnest.
At the other end of the cultural spectrum, the Cádiz city government operates Gran Téatro Falla, Plaza Fragela, s/n. (tel. 95-622-08-34; institucional.cadiz.es/area/Cultura/35). This imposing 1884 to 1905 neo-Mudéjar brick building presents everything from contemporary and classic theater pieces to star flamenco singers and guitarists, modern dance, opera, and philharmonic orchestras. In May each year, the theater hosts an international music festival of classical music, including the works of Cádiz-born composer Manuel de Falla.
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