El Ronconcillo: Oldest Tapas Bar
This place opened in 1670, is off the beaten path is was a lot of fun. The bar looks to be an old pharmacia and is full of atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The tapas and drinks were great.
Casa de la Memoria de Al-Andalus: A Good Place for Flamenco
The Casa de la Memoria de Al-Andalus is a cultural foundation which has displays and exhibits that are viewable during the day. In the evenings they offer two shows nightly (9:00 and 11:00) that showcase traditional flamenco from the 19th and early 20th century. Because of this, the shows presented are more traditional and real than a lot of the other shows in Sevilla that are geared more towards the tourist dollar. Rest assured, no one gets pulled out of the audience to be made a fool of during the show. These are authentic artists who are serious and passionate about this art form.
Shows are presented in the beautiful interior courtyard with limited seating. I estimate that there are only 100 or so chairs. As a result, be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show time. And it's also highly advisable to purchase your tickets in advance. I would highly recommend seeing a show at this spot.
Dress Code: Casual. Photos are allowed during the last part of the show. Tickets are 12 euros for adults, 5 for children
La Carboneria: Flamenco and anything goes...
La Carboneria is a flamenco bar hidden in the Barrio Santa Cruz. It's filled with both locals and tourists and what I love most about it is that you never know what to expect when it comes to entertainment. The flamenco show starts at around 11 and lasts about an hour or so, but after the show is over the locals stick around and jam. Most of the time, the jam sessions involved flamenco, but one night there was someone singing latin jazz standards, and occasionally there was a classical pianist. Another time, a group of teen boys sitting in a hidden corner close to the door started knocking out flamenco beats on a table and singing.
Since I was studying flamenco dance at the time, I would often get the urge to get up and dance when the music was particularly good. And when I did dance, I always had a great time and the locals loved me! I would often get shouts of "baila baila!" and "ole!", which would encourage me even more. I always had a great time at La Carboneria.
The bar can get crowded and stuffy at times, but there is a terrace behind the stage where you can get some fresh air.
Dress Code: You can wear what you want, there is no dress code. Most people just wear casual clothes.
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Los Gallos: Flamenco!
Los Gallos is small and intimate and a really nice place to see flamenco. They will show you a variety of different types of songs and Sevillana dancing besides the flamenco. The passion of the music and the talent of the musicians and dancers with themes of love, death, betrayal, poverty, energetic happieness and deep sadness will leave you with a desire for more. The cost is around 25 euros and that includes a drink, alcholic or non. Our host at the hotel advised us to drink our sangria MUY lentamente (very slowly) so we wouldn't be tempted to get another drink which could get expensive.
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One of a lot of bars in seville: Flamenco nights
You can find many bars at nights close to the city centres and in Triana whre people goes to drink something sing and dance.
In Levies Street there is one called Carbonería where you can see flamenco dances shows have something to drink and have a good time there.
Dress Code: Whatever you want to wear.
Calle Betis: When the Sun Goes Down
Between to bridges that cross the Guadalquivir River lies Betis Street. We find ourselves in the popular quarter of Triana. It’s a must to stop by this street in Seville. Start off with some fried fish accompanied by a glass of Manzanilla wine to wet the stomach well, afterward, let the night take lead...
On Betis Street the nightlife is more than a reality. Its multi-themed bars enjoy a privilegded position, and that’s why, lots of young people take advantage and go out on this side of town, in an attempt to unwind from responsibilities and let their free-willed spirits run wild.
From twelve o'clock at the night, the street exhales with commotion, racket and merriment. Meanwhile some folks enter bars for having tapas and beer, and others, mostly students, with a more humble acquisitive level, administer their budget by doing a "botellón" right on the street, in company of the color that the night paints by the waters of the Guadalquivir. It’s evident, this ritual is better received with the arrival of spring, precisely when the blood alters, leaving in the body with smidgens life, pleasure and enjoyment.
Anyone coming from somewhere other than Spain will be surprised to see exactly how the nights are in Andalusia. People that don’t know each other get to know one another, the bartender that serves you a drink seems like a life-long friend. Many of the tourists that come extend their visit or try to do anything possible to come back.
Lovers of the night, Betis Street isn’t going anywhere. Anybody who let’s himself be seen around its bars every once in a while will have enough time to shake off the blues and give life a grin.
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El Patio Sevillano: Bravo Flamenco!
If there is one place to watch a flamenco show in Spain, then it has to be in Sevilla. The El Patio Sevillano is a restaurant cum flamenco theater located right on the bank of the Guadalquivir River and beside the Plaza de Toros de la Real. There are two shows in one night - 7.30 pm and 10 pm. I attended the 10 pm dinner show which featured a one-hour extravaganza of fiery flamenco dance to the music of Albeniz, Rimsky-Korsakov, Bizet and other composers. Be captivated by the vigor and intensity of the pasodoble, or the nostalgia of the tango and malaguena. Bravo flamenco!
Dress Code: Smart casual. Reservations are essential.
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Carboneria Bar, Sevilla: FREE Flamenco Shows For All!
For those who really love to catch a flamenco show but your budget doesn't permit you to do so, fear not!
You can catch flamenco shows for FREE at the Carboneria bar at around 11.00PM, several nights a week. Don't miss this opportunity.
Dress Code: Smart Casuals or Evening Wear.
El Patio Sevillano: Flying Feet
Sevilla is the home of flamenco, the passionate national dance of Spain. Flamenco can be seen all over Spain but it is at its best in Sevilla.
El Patio Sevillano is probably designed for the tourist trade, but the dancing there is glorious none the less! The performance consists of musicians, singers and the extraordinary dancers. The women range in age from young and energetic to the more mature and passionate. Each dance is a spectacle of tapping feet, clicking castenets, and swirling ruffles. It is truly breathtaking to see.
One of the male dancers was so enthusiastic that the sweat pouring down his face flew into the audience at every move!
The theater is located right on the bank of the Guadalquivir River and beside the Plaza de Toros de la Real. There are two shows each night at 7.30 pm and 10:00 pm.
Casa de la Memoria: Flamenco show
In Sevilla there are plenty of flamenco show, every corner have a advertisement of some. There are lots that offer a great show and also dinner and / or cocktail. We were in a tight budget and did not really wanted to spend a lot so we decided to take the advice of so many Vters and we booked Sunday night ticket at La casa de la Memoria. We spent 15 euro each.
La casa de la Memoria is a cultural center that try to preserve the traditional spirit of flamenco.
The show we attended was a guitar player, a singer and a dancer. It lasted about one hour and was, in our modest opinion, good.
The stage is in a patio of a 18th century house, seats are all around in two row so it is easy to follow no matter where you sit.
You will be allowed to take pictures only for the last 5 minutes of the show.
Dress Code: no dress code
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All Over Seville: All Night Long
As far as the nightlife is concerned you might want to checkout Catedral, which is not far from Plaza Salvador or Boss for some good booty shaking. Now if you want to go where the Spanish kids go head over to “La Palenque” and/or “Antique” but you have to go dressed to impressed! These clubs are in the area of the Expo along with a couple of others. Basically, a good area if you’re in the mood for club hopping. If your just in the mood for drinks and want to be in an English / American bar atmosphere, you only need to stroll down Calle Betis as the people call “the other side of the river”. Or visit the Irish pubs in the area of Plaza Cuba (Madigan’s), in the center right next to the cathedral (P. Flaherty ) and in Edificio Viapol (O'Neill's). You interested in going to a club and listening to nothing but flamenco and dancing sevillanas? “El Simpecao” in Triana and another called “La Madruga” (its close to a Japanese restaurant, not far from Plaza Cuba) are just right.
Speaking of restaurants… You like your salsa spicy?? Go to Azúcar de Cuba or Habanita. Or maybe you prefer a quaint, intimate, Italian dining experience at San Marcos. There are about 6 different locations : Calle Betis, Calle Cuna, and Nervion are my personal favorites. How about tea time in an authentic Arabian atmosphere at a Moroccan tea house on Calle Pureza and another close by off of C/ Pages de Corro.
Enjoy English-speaking movies in “versión original” at Avenida 5 Cines located right behind the NH Plaza de Armas Hotel and commercial center. Most video clubs like Blockbuster rent DVDs and also have an original versión section. There’s one on Avda. República Argentina and another in La Macarena.
Look out for monthly agendas about the area of Andalucia called “El Giraldillo” www.elgiraldillo.es usually available in independent shops or institutions. It lists out everything from museums to concerts to movies. A definite must-have while in Seville.
I hope this tid-bit info. helps you out while you’re here. Enjoy!
Dress Code: The majority of the discoteques enforce the No sneaker code but ultimately the decision is left to the bouncer. If he likes how you look, you'll get in; if not, you'd be better off going to another club. People here are the ultimate fashion victims, and love to emulate LA and NY (big city) glam, so that should give you an idea of the competion.
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Rio Grande Restaurant: Wining & Dining overlooking Sevilla's rio!
Opposite the Torre del Oro there are a few restaurants by the river, with splendid views of the Torre del Oro and the rio all lit up! We chose the Rio Grande Restaurant, drank their very tasty Sangria and ate delicious tapas, the best clams we've ever eaten!!!
Dress Code: Any
Los Gallos Tablao Flamenco: The best of pure flamenco music & dance!
This is the best flamenco I watched in the Andalucian region, it's very authentic with super talented dancers, singers and guitarists... It's set in a tiny room and has got a distinguished atmosphere...Their facial expressions show how much passion they have got for flamenco, it's truly amazing! Definately not to be missed! The show lasts 2 hours and I advise you to book in advance since the room doesn't seat many people, therefore gets full up quickly. The cost of the ticket is 27.05 Euros and you are entitled to one free drink. There are 2 shows per night: 21:00 / 23:30 hrs
Dress Code: Any
Los Gallos: Flamenco shows
Even if I would not recomend as spanish, if you want to enjoy a flamenco show during your visit to Sevilla, this is a plce that for 40 euros per person you an enjoy a flamenco night and dinner.
As andalusian I am not fond of the flamenco shows, but I imgine that as foreigner is something special to do while visiting the city
Concerts: Nights at Reles Alcazares
In summer (well I think till 12 september 2003), you can enjoy one of the concerts at night of the Reales alcazares, we triedf to go but that night was all booked, the next year we will try to do it with more time.
It must be very impressive only to see this gardens at night