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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.
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.
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.
La Carbonería, Calle Levíes, 18, Sevilla, +34 954 56 37 49
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.
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.