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La Bulería – Flamenco & Dinner

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There aren’t a lot of Flamenco joints in Valencia, but those that do exist boast a high level of quality. We recently checked out La Bulería, near the Ciudad de Artes y Ciencas, and had a great time.


La Bulería provides a classier evening than Radio City or El Duende, and seems to be especially popular among sharply-dressed young adults trying to impress their dates. The comfortable and perfectly-lit dining room is small, which provides every table has an unobstructed view of the stage, and means that reservations are essential.

We sat down at 9pm, and had a wonderful meal… meats and cheese, and a salad to start, followed by an incredible roast cooked in red wine sauce, accompanied by potatoes. Delicious. Once we had polished off the dessert, a generous piece chocolate mousse cake, we lingered over our wine, enjoying the animated vibe in the room, and waited for the show to begin.

We didn’t have to wait long. As soon as everyone was done with their meals, the performers took the stage and put on an awesome show, split into two acts. Very dramatic, and a bit more flamboyant than the flamenco we’ve seen before. Two beautiful dancers joined a singer and guitarist on stage, and their performance simply didn’t have a boring moment. Laughing, smiling and shouting “¡Olé!” at each other, they were clearly having a ball, and that energy carried over into the crowd.

We can definitely recommend La Bulería, especially if you’ve got a new date you’d like to make a splash with. The full dinner and show will set you back €45 per person, though menus start at just €30, which is a decent price for an unforgettable evening.

La Bulería’s Website (in English & Spanish)
Calle Obispo Jaime Pérez 24, 46006
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963 153 058


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Valencia Fallas: The Street Lights of Calle Sueca 2009

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March 7th was a busy day.  After the daily 2pm mascletà, and the special Gran Mascletà Napolitana at the beach, we mustered our remaining strength and went down to Ruzafa.  At 9pm, they were turning on the famous street lights of Calle Sueca.

There was a large, boisterous crowd gathered and right before 9pm, it was packed extremely tight. Someone came on a megaphone to say that the lighting was being pushed back 15 minutes, and the crowd groaned and booed.  Good-naturedly, of course.  A man next to us dropped to his knees in a mock display of agony and pleading.
At some time after 9:15, majestic orchestral music started and the streetlights were lit, one section at a time.  First the blues, then the columns, and finally the crown.  When viewing it all lit up together, it’s hard not to be impressed, but the "lighting show" was cheesy, and left a lot to be desired.  And then they did it /twice/.  For the TV or something.  The crowd was too busy laughing to "ooh" and "ahh" with the appropriate respect the second time through.

The good thing is, you didn’t have to attend the lighting to fully enjoy the lights.  Until the 19th, you have the chance to walk down to Ruzafa and check them out.  And grab a few buñuelos from the stand of La Albaceteña while you’re there — they were delicious.

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