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Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,

Cuisine type

  • Mexican,
  • Spanish,

Dishes

  • Tapas,
  • Pizza,

Features

  • Restaurant With Live Entertainment,

Products and Services

  • Dance Show Flamenco,
  • Sports Bar,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
3456 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W8
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

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Step into the Kino Café Flamenco and Tapas Bar on a flamenco dance night, and you’d swear you’d been swept away to Barcelona for an evening. The Cambie Street institution, with its sepia-toned walls, fierce-eyed flamenco dancers and seductive sangria, offers one of the most exciting cultural experiences in the city. Opened in 1987, the Kino Café is also a Vancouver institution — the kind of place whose walls you wish could talk.

Luckily there is usually someone around who can share a tale or two. Actor and comic Steve Allen, who performs at the café’s Tuesday and Sunday comedy nights, first brought standup to the Kino Café stage in 2007. “When I moved back to Vancouver from LA, I approached the owners because they had this wonderful stage. This is now the longest-running comedy room in the city,” he says. The funnyman is now adding his own touches to the restaurant — he purchased it in October 2014. “I told the previous owners ‘I’ll keep the flamenco, and my standup, alive.’”

To get the flamenco backstory, it’s best to speak with Peter (Pedro) Mole. The Argentina-trained guitarist strummed the Kino’s first-ever flamenco notes back in 1990. “I had just been to Spain and I was playing for flamenco dance classes. I got a dancer and a gypsy singer to come [to the Kino] with me, and we started to play as a trio…” Peter now schedules the café’s world-class Wednesday to Saturday flamenco lineup, upon which he appears regularly.

But the cafe didn’t always have such Latin flair. “’Kino’ is actually the German word for ‘movie’,” explains Peter. Located beside another Vancouver institution, the Park Theatre, the café first opened in 1987 as an answer to moviegoers craving a coffee or a snack pre- or post-flick.

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