Plaza de Espana lit up at night in the Spanish city of Seville

A Full Guide to Seville Nightlife (Bars & Club)

17 May 2019 By Adele Grant
Plaza de Espana lit up at night in the Spanish city of Seville

Seville may not have the same reputation when it comes to nightlife as Spanish hotspots like Barcelona, Marbella and Ibiza, but you’ll soon learn that its festivities are non-stop. As the home of flamenco, you’ll find nightly shows all over the city, some more traditional than others.

Whether you’re looking for low-key jazz bars filled with swing music, exclusive clubs perfect for celebrity-spotting or rooftop terraces providing unbeatable views of the city – check out our guide to Seville nightlife and experience this vibrant Spanish alternative for yourself.

Bars in Seville

El Rinconcillo

 

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Location: Found on a corner between the streets Calle Gerona and Calle Alhondiga, El Rinconcillo sits on the outskirts of the city centre.

Why visit? It doesn’t get much more fascinating than a trip to the oldest bar in Seville. Dating back to 1670, it’s like stepping into the past. You’ll find a good mix of locals and tourists here thanks to its long-standing history. Delight in its antiquity with dated features including a traditional telephone, a wooden bar and extinct bottles, which take pride and place on the bar’s highest shelf.

This old-school venue is also known for its traditional tapas, so you can chow down on Spanish favourites paired with the finest Andalusian wine. And don’t be surprised if your bill is written out in front of you. That’s right, the bar staff are on the money when it comes to quick calculation.

Best for: An authentic taste of Seville

Opening times: Everyday from 1pm – 1.30am

Top tip: You may want to brush up on your Spanish before coming here or be prepared to use Google translation. Speaking little to no English, ordering is all part of the fun.

Hotels nearby:

  • Hotel San Gil: Boasting 4 stars, there’s plenty of chance to soak up Seville’s mild temperatures with a pretty courtyard and rooftop pool on hand. Decorated in traditional Andalusian style, you can’t escape its Spanish charm.
  • Casa Romana Hotel Boutique: Mixing old and new perfectly, guests will be met by a classic building, but once inside, its interiors are super stylish. You can take full advantage of a rooftop terrace and a regional restaurant, not to mention you’re just a 10-minute walk from one of the city’s biggest attractions – the towering cathedral.

La Terraza-Bar

 

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Location: As part of the EME Catedral Hotel, this bar doesn’t get much more central considering it sits just steps away from the city’s famous cathedral.

Why visit? Offering elevated views of the city with a stunning rooftop setting, La Terraza-Bar faces two of Seville’s most sought-after sights, the cathedral and Giralda Tower. By day, it’s a suntrap, especially during Seville’s stifling summer and on an evening the surrounding monuments are lit up, creating a glow which covers the night sky.

And nothing compares to the views at sunset when those last rays of sunlight bounce off the cathedral’s stunning Gothic walls. The drinks are a little on the pricey side, but this is reflective of the hotel’s 5 star status. Soak up the city atmosphere come weekdays with a fancy cocktail in hand or head here on a weekend when a DJ livens things up an upbeat set. This swanky venue also offers a set menu if you’re feeling peckish.

Best for: Cathedral views

Opening times:

Sunday to Thursday from 12pm – 1am

Friday to Saturday from 12pm – 2am

Top tip: It may be advisable to book during the busy summer months as it can get extremely crowded. The bar isn’t exclusive to hotel guests but the pool is.

Cafe Jazz Naima

 

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Location: You’ll find this trendy spot sits close to Alameda de Hércules, a boulevard which is situated in the historic district.

Why visit? As a top choice with Jazz and Blues lovers, this snug bar invites you in for a night of sensational live music. What’s more, the performances here won’t cost you a penny! You may feel like you’re sitting in someone’s front room, but this only adds to its intimate vibe.

In terms of decor, the laid-back tone is set with black and white photographs adorning the walls and soft lighting. If your chosen tipple is beer, you’re bound to be impressed with the bar’s varied selection.

Best for: Jazz and Blues fans

Opening times:

Monday to Wednesday from 8pm – 2am

Thursday from 4pm – 2am

Friday and Saturday from 4pm – 3am

Sunday from 4pm – 2am

Top tip: With seating inside limited, we recommend sitting outside. Not only can you still enjoy the music, but it’s a great way to take advantage of Seville’s toasty night-time temperatures.

La Carboneria

 

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Location: Away from Seville’s main drag at Calle Levíes, this low-key venue takes up a spot on a narrow cobbled alleyway. From there, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for a large red door – this is the bar’s entrance.

Why visit? There are dozens of flamenco spots all over the city, which makes it difficult to distinguish the overpriced tourist traps from its most authentic offerings. La Carboneria is as traditional as it gets thanks to its tucked-away location and rustic charm complete with picnic tables.

With sangria flowing and amazing musicians accompanying classically dressed dancers, experience the Spanish art form in all its glory. Performances start at 9.30pm, then again at 10.30pm and sometimes a final show takes place at 11.30pm. So you don’t have to worry about missing out if you get there half way through the action. Plus, shows won’t cost you a penny – just make sure you order drinks.

Best for: Flamenco performances

Opening times: Daily from 7pm – 1am

Did you know? No speaking is allowed during the performances. This is seen as disrespectful so don’t be surprised if the locals attempt to silence you.

Bar Garlochi

 

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Location: At Calle Boteros, just a five-minute stroll from Metropol Parasol, one of the city’s most famed structures which sits in Seville’s Old District.

Why visit? If you’re looking for a quirky spot, it doesn’t get much more peculiar than this religious styled venue. It’s like stepping into a church which serves alcohol – think candelabras reminiscent of what you would see at an altar, a statue of the Virgin Mary watching over you as you order a drink and dark red walls creating a sombre atmosphere.

This may not sound like your typical drinking spot, but that’s what makes it so intriguing. Although made to look gloomy with a random choice of music, the vibe here is fantastic. You’ll see everyone enjoying themselves, and there’s a good choice of cocktails, shots and beer all available at the bar.

Best for: Quirky decor

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday from 9pm – 3am

Sunday from 9pm – 12am

Top tip: You can’t come here without trying the bar’s signature cocktail – Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ). The name itself may seem a little off putting, but once you try this mix of grenadine, pink champagne and whisky, you’ll be running back for more.

Clubs in Seville

Fun Club

 

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Location: In the the Alameda de Hercules area of Seville, which is considered one of the city’s trendiest spots.

Why visit? As an integral part of Seville’s nightlife scene since the 80s, it’s safe to say Fun Club is here to stay. Celebrated for its regular gigs with an emphasis on rock, metal and drum and bass – this unique venue attracts a casual crowd.

There’s no better place to party with everyone sharing the same carefree mentality. Expect fantastic music most nights – and if you don’t get to witness a live band, this spot is also known for its DJ sets. With a late opening time most evenings, there are plenty of bars nearby where you can get warmed up for the night ahead.

The entry fee is €5, which is nothing when you get a free drink and music included in the price.  

Best for: Live bands

Opening times:

Thursday from 9.30pm – 6am

Friday and Saturday from 9.30pm – 7am

However, if there is live music on or a DJ playing the club will not open until midnight.

A 5 star review:Facebook follower Dirk Neujahr couldn’t recommend a trip to Fun Club enough: “Nice live music, nice location, great!”

Antique Theatro

 

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Location: In Isla de la Cartuja, one of the city’s newest neighbourhoods which is close to Guadalquivir River.

Why visit? It’s hard to imagine that this late-night establishment was a former Olympic Pavilion of the Expo 92, hence its swanky interiors and state-of-the art lighting. Nights in Antique Theatro offer plenty of dancing space – 2,500m2 to be exact. Attracting hardcore revellers with its early morning closing time of 7am, the music doesn’t stop when the sun comes up.

Every fiesta is different too with a jam-packed events calendar offering a wide range of performances, whether you’re after pole dancing shows, international DJ sets or live bands. The club can get particularly hot when it’s at its busiest, this is where the terrace comes in – a welcome addition on those warm Sevillan nights.   

Best for: Dancing until sunrise

Opening times: Thursday to Sunday from 12am – 7am

Top tip: We advise dressing to impress if you want to reduce your chances of being refused entry, and who knows you may even get invited into VIP.

Terraza Alfonso

 

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Location: You’ll find this terrace within Parque de María Luisa, Seville’s largest public green space which can be found alongside Guadalquivir River. It’s also a short 10-minute walk from the cathedral.

Why visit? If you’ve come to Spain to dance under the stars, then it’s about time we introduce you to Terraza Alfonso. Perfect for summer nights, there’s no better place to sample Seville’s nightlife. As a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike, you can expect great things from this distinctive venue.

By day it functions as cafe, before transforming into one of the city’s most legendary night spots. Home to a number of events, spend your nights swaying to the latest chart hits or prepare to be amazed by unusual sounding DJ sets. There’s also plenty of areas where you can chill out when you need to rest your tired feet.

Best for: Open-air setting

Opening times: 24 hours a day

Did you know? It’s the oldest terrace in Seville.

Abril Sevilla

 

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Location: Centrally situated near all of Seville’s city action, you’ll find this club in the well-placed Calle Calle Luis Montoto neighbourhood.

Why visit? Taking inspiration from New York’s cosmopolitan nightlife scene, Abril Sevilla has a ultramodern feel throughout with plush seating areas, walls decorated with glass tiles and high-tech LED lighting. But the pool is the main highlight, and you’ll find it just outside.

When you’re not enjoying the club’s poolside atmosphere, head inside and bust your best moves on the dancefloor. There’s also a collection of VIP tables, where you’ll be made to feel like a celebrity for the night with table service. If you’ve got a no expense spared attitude you can always opt for the private VIP area which is raised and sits overlooking the dancefloor – a great place to people-watch.

Best for: Poolside partying

Opening times:

Thursday from 11.30pm – 6.30am

Friday and Saturday from 11.30pm – 7am

Sunday from 11.30pm – 6am

Did you know? Entry prices are a little on the expensive side at €30, but it will be worth it once you get inside.

Hotels nearby:

  • Hesperia Sevilla: Just a short 15-minute stroll from the city centre, this stunning hotel comes with a flashy 4 star rating. From tasty breakfast buffets to a heated pool and grand-looking rooms, you’re guaranteed a memorable stay.
  • Murillo Hotel: Just inches from Seville’s cathedral and the Real Alcázar. The whole place has a traditional feel with rooms featuring wrought iron balconies and wooden floors. Plus, you never have to miss out on the action with views over Seville’s main street. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s elevated terrace, where cocktails and candlelight go hand in hand.

Holiday by OBBIO

 

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Location: Taking up a desirable spot on the street Calle Trastámara which is close to the main square, OBBIO can be found in the city centre.

Why visit? Known for its explosion of colour, this over-the-top disco plays a wide range of music from dance beats to old-school classics and cheesy pop. If you’re looking for a fun night where you can let your hair down, it doesn’t get much more upbeat than this popular night spot.

The club is extremely LGBT-friendly with everyone invited to join in on its animated theme parties come Saturdays. Whether you’re looking for all-singing, all-dancing acts, live music or you simply want to dance the night away with a bunch of like-minded individuals, OBBIO caters to all preferences.

Best for: LGBT community

Opening times:

Friday and Saturday from 11pm – 4am

Did you know? This club has many purposes, when it’s not operating as a discotheque it is often used for cultural events including theatre productions, film showings and interesting exhibitions.

Seville nightlife by month

January

What to expect: The festivity-filled holiday season has come to an end, which means things tend to slow down a little during January. The weather is still relatively warm during the day, but the nights tend to be a lot cooler, so you may want to avoid the city’s outdoor terraces.

Events:

  • Three Kings Parade – 5th January

February

What to expect: Signs of spring may be a long way off but there’s still plenty going on in the Andalusian capital during the month of love. When you’re not getting a first glance at the flamenco looks for April Fair, the city is buzzing with live music and there’s plenty of romantic bars ideal for a Valentine’s date night.

Events:

  • SIMOF Flamenco Exposition – 7th – 10th February

March

What to expect: Winter is well and truly in the past and the first foliage of spring is beginning to appear. This is when you will start to see Seville’s famous orange blossom trees. With temperatures reaching the 20 degree mark, you’ll see more and more people drinking outside. If you don’t want to travel to Cadiz for the carnival, you can see seven of its best bands right here in Seville.

Events:

  • El Falla de Sevilla – 15th – 16th March

April

What to expect: April is one of the best times to hit the city if you’re looking for a good time.  The temperatures aren’t quite as high as what you would expect from the summer, yet the tourist crowds are a lot smaller. There’s also plenty going on throughout the city to mark the lead up to Easter – including one of its biggest events April Fair.

Events:

  • Holy Week
  • April Fair – first or second Sunday after Easter and last until the following Saturday
  • Mairena del Alcor Fair

May

What to expect: Like April, May can see some rainy days but on a whole the temperatures are pleasant with most people opting for al fresco drinks. The orange blossoms are proudly on show around the city and there’s plenty going on, especially if April Fair falls late and the festivities take place in May.

Events:

  • April Fair
  • Festival Circada – 30th May – 16th June

June

What to expect: Summer is here and the atmosphere is at its best. You’ll see more and more outdoor events taking place across city, from concerts to performers taking to the streets. With everyone looking to make the most of the mild weather, you won’t be short of things to do day or night. Plus, this is when Seville’s rooftop bars start to fill up.

Events:

  • Nocturama
  • Festival Circada – 30th May – 16th June

July

What to expect: Expect high temperatures in July and bigger crowds. However, don’t let this put you off visiting, summer in Seville is non-stop whether you’re looking for day-time fun or evening events. Bars and clubs will be busier at this time of year, so we advise getting there early, while flamenco shows are around every corner.

Events:

  • Velá de Santa Ana
  • Noches en el Alcázar

August

What to expect: As Seville’s hottest month with no coast in sight, August doesn’t get as busy as many of Spain’s biggest cities. You’ll find some things are shut due to the heat, but this is the best time to soak up the views from its many rooftop bars with no jacket required. Alternatively, head to Alcazar’s gardens for nightly concerts.

Events:

  • Corpus Christi – 15th August

September

What to expect: Not as warm as August, walking around is much more bearable. There are still plenty of events to get involved in come evenings, but we can’t ignore its biggest showstopper – Bienal de Flamenco. Not only is this a great way to celebrate Seville’s most famous art-form, it also allows you to fully immerse yourself in the culture.

Events:

  • Bienal de Flamenco – 6th – 30th September

October

What to expect: Temperatures at this time of year are still pleasant, so don’t worry you won’t have to sit indoors, the city’s terraces are still packed-out. With Halloween on its way there’s spooky events galore, while Seville also likes to mark the beginning of Autumn with a long list of evening experiences taking place.

Events:

  • Dos Hermanas – 16th October

November

What to expect: If you want to see the city without the crowds, November is the month to do it. You may experience the odd rainy day but temperatures are still on the mild side, allowing you to explore the sights. If you’re looking to attend its nightclubs, aim for its most popular local spots as there are likely to be less tourists at this time of year.

Events:

  • Seville Film Festival

December

What to expect: Although one of Seville’s coolest months, it’s nothing like winter back home. And the fun doesn’t stop either, if anything, the festivities are flowing with Christmas and New Year drawing ever nearer. The city will be full of festive surprises with Christmas markets  starting to make an appearance. When it comes to New Year’s Eve, there’s plenty of parties to hit with nightclubs and hotels hosting special events.

Events:

  • La Inmaculada Concepción

So if you’re looking for a fiesta-filled getaway, city breaks in Seville are crammed with traditional flamenco shows, pumping nightclubs and laid-back bars.

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