Worth the $65-a pop pricetag? For that caliber of footwork and live toque (guitar) and cante (song) by performers flown in from Malaga and Guadalajara, Spain…yes. Since the space is pretty cozy inside, even diplomat couples nestled into corners and sangria-sippers at the bar could experience the hour-long adrenaline rush of hand-clapping and foot-stomping. This isn’t a simultaneous dinner-and-show, though. Reservations can be booked for 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m., but everyone sticks around for the "9 p.m." flamenco performance, which can translate to 9:30 p.m. by the time stragglers are fed. The evening was full-bodied, in every sense of the word, from the seafood croquettes to the last high note by Spanish diva Almudena de Malaga. (A flower tucked behind her ear completed the we-just-stepped-into-Seville feel).
Taberna del Alabardero is located at 1776 "Eye" Street, NW. Reservations for Noches de Andalucia (taking place tonight and Saturday) can be made by calling 202-429-2200. For more info, visit www.alabardero.com.