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Seville Nightlife

With some of the country’s best nightclubs and tapas bars, Seville's nightlife scene ranges from fantastic flamenco and quintessential tapas bars to modern hip hop clubs.

Seville is an important flamenco centre and it would be a shame to leave the city without catching a show. The best are impromptu performances in traditional bars in the Santa Cruz area. A string of tapas bars are tucked within the district’s narrow alleys, especially along Calle Mateos Gago. Hop across to the other side of the river to find the trendiest clubs and bars lined along Calle Betis and Plaza Alfalfa, where most of the action continues until the early hours.

For more information on nightlife, see either Guia del Ocio (www.guiadelocio.com/sevilla) or El Giraldillo (www.elegirhoy.com) available from kiosks and bookshops.

Bars in Seville

Bar Garlochi

If you’re not in Seville during Semana Santa (Holy Week), then you may want to check out this quirky little bar to see just what it’s all about. Filled from floor to ceiling with religious paraphernalia, swirls of frankincense fill the air and a weeping Virgin greets patrons at the door. Pictures of Christ look down on visitors as they sip beers with Semana Santa marching music the main soundtrack of the night. Try the typical Agua de Sevilla, a type of cocktail containing pineapple juice, cava whisky, and Cointreau.

Address: , Calle de los Boteros 26, Seville,
Telephone:

Dar el Mehdi Tetería

Andalusia’s Moorish heritage means that it's not only architecture that has an Arabic touch. For a night out with a bit of a difference, head to this Moroccan-style teahouse filled with intricate Arabic arches, soft cushions and colourful lamps. There's an extensive tea menu to choose from, featuring infusions imported directly from Morocco. Teas are served in traditional silver pots and there are live belly dancing performances to enjoy every Friday and Sunday night.

Address: , Calle Federico Rubio 8-10, Seville,
Telephone: +34 680 44 66 55.

El Rincóncillo

As the oldest bar in Seville, El Rinconcillo is a classic tapas tavern and the favourite haunt for generations of Sevillanos. Dating back to 1670, the bar was converted from an old convent. The traditional décor – wooden furnishing, wrought iron chandeliers and mosaic tiles – has not changed much, retaining a pleasant sense of nostalgia. Although the restaurant is now flooded with tourists, it continues to serve excellent tapas and a wide range of liquor.

Address: , Calle Gerona 40 y Alhóndiga 2, Seville, 41003
Telephone: +34 95 422 3183.
Website: http://www.elrinconcillo.es

Clubs in Seville

Fun Club

Run by stalwarts of the music scene in Seville, this cavernous club focuses on rock, metal and drum and bass, with a regular roster of local and international live bands and DJs. They also run a record label, FunClub Records. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; check the website for the schedule.

Address: , Alameda de Hércules 86, Seville,
Telephone: +34 636 669 023.
Website: http://www.funclubsevilla.com

Holiday by Obbio

This fun disco in the hip, upcoming neighbourhood of Alameda de Hércules plays a range of music - pop, disco, dance classics - until very late to an over 30s, gay-friendly crowd. It's open Friday and Saturday nights.

Address: , Calle Jesús del Gran Poder 73, Seville,
Telephone: +34 692 52 90 93.
Website: http://obbioclub.com

Terraza Alfonso

This open-air nightclub in Parque Maria Luisa is a great place to go dancing on summer nights. It attracts a young, glamorous crowd and the music policy is strictly commercial. During the day it's a pleasant cafe serving tapas.

Address: , Paseo de las Delicias 13, Seville,
Telephone: +34 955 982 139.
Website: http://www.terrazaalfonso.org

Live music in Seville

El Auditorio Rocío Jurado

Europe's largest open-air venue, El Auditorio Rocío Jurado, was first built to celebrate Seville's Expo in 1992. Situated on the Isla de la Cartuja, the auditorium plays host to a variety of performances from both international and local artistes. But this is not just a place for theatrical entertainment; its architecture itself makes a good reason to come for a visit. Designed by famous architect Don Eleuterio Poblacion, the complex features pure white marble flooring with an exceptionally large open-air space.

Address: Isla de la Cartuja, Avenida de los Descubrimientos 6, Seville, 41092
Telephone: +34 95 446 7418.
Website: http://www.auditoriorociojurado.com

Jazz Corner

For some of the best live jazz music in the city, head to this cosy little club, which also features a music school upstairs. With live concerts and jam sessions every Friday and Saturday night, the bar also showcases a mix of blues and bossa nova too. The club may be a little far out of the city centre, but if you’re a true jazz aficionado, then the trip is certainly worth it.

Address: , Calle Rodio 41, Seville,
Telephone: +34 63 983 7378.
Website: http://www.jazzcornersevilla.es

La Carbonería

Among the hosts of flamenco venues in Seville, La Carbonería has the best reputation. Many flamenco shows are unauthentic tourist traps, but La Carbonería is definitely the real thing. La Carbonería, meaning carbon storehouse, is a cave-like tavern that smells of history and culture. The front room features vintage furnishings and the works of local artists, while the back patio is where the performances are held. Better still: entry is free.

Address: , Calle Levies 18, Seville, 41003
Telephone: +34 954 422 9945.

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Corral del Rey

Set on a narrow street in the old town, this stylish boutique hotel is set in a 17th century palacio. The rooms are set in two buildings around a central courtyard and furnished in antiques with Moroccan touches. If you don't treat yourself to the suite with two terraces and a private plunge pool, the rooftop garden has a pool too. Downstairs, there's a tapas bar. The hotel arranges insightful tours of the city too.

Hotel Abril

Located along Calle San Jerónimo Hernández, one of the main shopping streets of Seville, Hotel Abril is a humble bolthole with reasonably good prices. Rooms are spacious and clean, with homely decor; some have windows opening into the lobby but they are quieter than those opening onto the street. For those keeping to a tight budget, free coffee and tea is available throughout the day. A hearty breakfast buffet is also available for an extra fee. All rooms are en suite and come with free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.

YH Giralda

A former house of the abbots, the YH Giralda is a perennially popular option for young couples seeking affordable comfort. The 2-star hotel is just metres away from the Giralda, in the midst of tapas bars and shops. The tastefully-furnished rooms are small but comfortable and are all en suite. Ask for the patio-facing rooms as they are quieter than those overlooking the streets.

Hotel Boutique Elvira Plaza

This small boutique hotel - there are only nine rooms, two of them suites - is set in a charming pedestrianised square in Santa Cruz, the former Jewish district. Although the rooms are on the small size, they are light and stylish. A roof terrace looks out onto the city, and there are plenty of restaurants nearby.

Hotel Alfonso XIII

If you're looking to splurge, the Hotel Alfonso XIII is arguably one of the most prestigious hotels in Seville. Converted from a neo-Moorish palace, the hotel pays homage to Spain's past. Huge chandeliers, opulent fabrics and an exotic ambiance make it the preferred choice of the rich and famous, including foreign royalties, members of the government and celebrities. The hotel's cocktail bar is ideal for pre-prandial drinks by the pool, followed by dinner at San Fernando Restaurant or its venerable tapas lounge.

EME Catedral Hotel

Stylish and chic, the EME Catedral Hotel stands out for its juxtaposition of avant garde and rustic. Rooms are tastefully decorated with modish touches while the bricked walls and vaulted ceilings take on a rugged appearance. The rooftop swimming pool and terrace bar have spectacular views of the Cathedral, and dining options include a rustic Italian restaurant. The hotel also features glass floors that reveal Roman ruins under the hotel.