An ancient and still vibrant crossroads of Iberian cultures, Seville is an obligatory stop on any traveler’s journey through Spain. As famous as any other aspect of the city is its unique gastronomy, which finds expression in its endless variations of tapas snacks. Here, we break down 10 of the best bars in the city, from traditional tapas bodegas to thumping modern nightclubs.
Close by to Seville’s spectacular cathedral (the largest Gothic-style church in the world, and the third-largest church of any kind) lies Casa Moreno, a welcoming and relaxed little bar and shop in the Seville tradition. Visitors can escape the tourist trail for a moment to sit with some local cold snacks and meats, and then purchase a few more to sample at home. This is a charming throwback to the hybrid bar, cafe and shop model which was once so standard across Southern Spanish communities.
A distinctive late-night experience is to be found at Fun Club, an alternative nightclub near the Alameda de Hércules public gardens. Featuring a variety of sounds, the Club focuses on dance music featuring jazz, hip-hop and many other international sounds, including good old-fashioned American rock ‘n’ roll. With a relaxed atmosphere and this somewhat unusual area of musical focus, Fun Club is just the place to take a night off the traditional and less traditional Spanish and Latino sounds which dominate the centre.
The Bodeguita Romero, located on a pleasant street corner a stone’s throw from the center, is as typical an establishment as you could hope for. With a nice outdoor area as well as the interior grocery section and back room, this is a top place to try some distinctive specialities like pringa pork and pig’s cheeks, washed down with rich sherry and other regional delights. A thriving little business in the hands of a local family, the Bodeguita Romero is a great place to see and sample the bodega as a particular Spanish institution.
Founded in 1925, the Bar Europa is a pleasant environment for typical Seville snacks and food to share. Conveniently close by the central plazas, this is a particularly good spot for breakfast, but a great option for any of the three main meals, or for general grazing and midday snacking, presenting a great choice of quintessential Seville dishes.
Seville is famous as a crossroads of ancient and modern Iberian cultures, and La Carbonería exhibits one of the most striking and traditional strands of this: flamenco music. Seville is a major hub of flamenco performance and instruction, and at La Carbonería tourists can settle in alongside locals to catch an evening of authentic music and dance in this enthralling tradition. Hidden away on a narrow side street, this is the best and most genuine flamenco evening you’re likely to find and the copious sangria hardly hurts the atmosphere.
For those looking for something modern, Santuario is a lively nightclub just off the Plaza Alfalfa. Known for curating cutting-edge and worldwide sounds, Santuario is popular with students and non-students, local youth and international visitors, with its weekly Tuesday parties being a particular favorite. Smaller than some clubs, it has a fantastic atmosphere, and may prove the perfect place for younger visitors to let off a bit of steam in the city center after a long day’s sight-seeing.
Situated on the throbbing nightlife hub Calle Bétis, Lo Nuestro is something a little different: it primarily hosts flamenco evenings and quieter music events, making this a nice place for a breather before or after diving into the standard nightlife. Groups are rotated frequently, Lo Nuestro has become a fixture over many years in the neighborhood, making it a good place to take in the local talent. Not as famous or crowded as La Carbonería, the location makes this as excellent spot to know about.
El Rinconcillo is the oldest bar in Seville, and possibly in Spain, founded in 1670, it has maintained a delightful and quintessential Seville aesthetic and, somehow, continues to operate smoothly as a restaurant, tavern and bodega all rolled into one. More than a historical place of interest, this is also an excellent cafe and tapas bar to take in some regional and Spanish specialties, from gazpacho to the local wines. A visit is a no-brainer for anyone wishing to see the best of Seville, both past and present.
Swanky and up-scale, the Antique Theatro is one of Seville’s more exclusive clubs. Frequently reputed to host major Spanish celebrities and notables, it is a coveted spot for a night out. Situated a stone’s throw from the riverbank and somewhat out of the way, it lives up to its classy reputation with Seville natives, fitted out with the latest nightlife decor and technology.
A little Sevillano secret on a calm side street just a few minutes away from the congested tourist area, Casa Morales is another traditional bodega with a lovely back room bar where locals come to enjoy the tapas, drinks and coffee. Serving a strong selection of wines, beers and coffees at great prices, it gets back to Seville basics, and does so to an excellent standard. Often busy, it’s nonetheless a reliable relief after the swarming city center.