Welcome to Seville, the capital of Andalucía and jewel in Spain’s cultural crown. Expect magnificent Mudéjar architecture, the sultry strum of flamenco guitars and animated nightlife spilling from bars and bodegas into the streets of the city, enlivening the plazas and winding historic streets. After you’re done taking in the sights, from Moorish fortresses to decomposing remains of the ’92 World’s Fair, the city will be just starting to wake up around these best Sevillano bars.
You’ll find a special type of flamenco theatre called a tablao in Seville. The city is considered to have been the epicentre of the art form during its 19th-century heyday, and over in the bohemian neighbourhood of Triana you’ll find some of Seville’s most unique flamenco tablaos upholding that tradition. Pura Esencia is a real highlight, showing up the performances of some of the more touristic venues in the centre with an authenticity and passion that really gives flamenco its emotive power.
There’s a bathroom inside a telephone box at Urbano Comix: it’s part of a bizarre and wonderful interior that is designed to look like an exterior street. This themed pub lies slightly off the beaten track and is a great place to go with friends, owing to the pool tables, darts, table football and 80s arcade games dotted around the bar. The music is more Motörhead than Mariah, and there’s a good selection of beers from across Europe.
Another great spot on the Alameda is frozen in a year that is clearly considered to be the pinnacle of human achievement by the proprietors. The level of dedication that has gone into amassing memorabilia from 1987 to make this lively disco pub what it is, will very likely impress: a yellow Freddie Mercury leather jacket, stickers, posters and other memorabilia all make for an intriguing wander around – that is, if the stream of 80s classic songs doesn’t draw you straight to the dance floor instead.
If you appreciate a cocktail bar that treats mixology like a sacred art form, then take a first look at the Second Room. Located a mere block away from Seville Cathedral, the miniscule bar is usually packed, a tacit approval of the bar staff’s work. There’s an ever-changing cocktail of the week, otherwise you can make your selection from a few dozen classic options with a Second Room twist, such as the strawberry daiquiri topped with a scooped-out ice cube filled with fresh berries.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Max Leak.