Seville may be pegged as the slightly sleepy southern cousin of
Madrid and Barcelona, but the local taste for living leaves little
to be desired when it comes to nightlife. Between the bohemian
"botelling" of the local university students and the affinity for
the arts held by the more sophisticated Sevillianos, the Andalusian
capital has an assortment of activities on offer; nightlife in
Seville is merely a matter of deciding what to do and where to
Regardless of how you end your evening, a great way to start is
by blazing a tapas trail. A wide selection of dingy dives and
smoother, more stylish spaces crowd around the cobblestone streets
of Barrio Santa Cruz and the area around the Catedral de Seville.
Simply look for the prodigal leg of
(cured ham) hanging from the ceiling and pop in for a
quick bite, an easy chat and a cold
(Seville''s local beer). Keep moving though:
walking, talking and eating is the best way to conquer the
When you can''t stomach any more sample-sized portions, head to
either Plaza Alfalfa or Calle Betis for a bit of bar-hopping. Both
areas offer revellers some real choice - the latter literally
wall-to-wall with local watering holes. During Seville''s sultry
summer nights, sipping a sherry alongside the Guadalquivir River is
also an intoxicating way to kick-off the evening.
Most Seviallanos only leave home around 11:30pm, at which point
they start the night with a stiff drink and a shot. Partygoers
drain their drinks and head to the discotheque around 1am - from
here it''s possible to dance the night away until 10am the next
For those with a calmer, more cultural appetite, the nightlife
in Seville can be just as satiating.
Flamenco, a passionate mix of dance, music and singing with
roots reaching into Andalusia''s Roma (gypsy) communities, is a firm
favourite and must-see in the city. There''s plenty of venues with
(performances); the Triana district caters to locals
while options in Santa Cruz are more tourist-friendly - often
offering a traditional Andalusian meal alongside the performance.
Visit the central tourist bureau to schedule a slot for yourself
and your family.
For those who would rather forego flamenco, Seville''s opera
house, Teatro de la Maestranza, attracts iconic celebrities and
features big-name shows. Occasionally jazz and classical concerts
also take place.
If itching for something more interactive, clubs where locals
show-off their Sevillanas skills are also spotted and dotted around
the city. Tourists can learn the basic steps of this famous dance
in these informal gatherings of singing and dancing.