Bars and Clubs
Seville is a great city for going out at night, due to the huge variety of venues in a relatively small area.
You can easily visit four or five completely different bars without walking more than ten minutes between any of them. The main areas are: Alfalfa, where calle Pérez Galdós gets so packed with people on Friday and Saturday nights that cars can't drive down it; Alameda, which has a more alternative scene, with lots of gay bars and clubs; and calle Betis by the river in Triana, which is wall-to-wall with venues, from quiet bars to all-night clubs.
In the summer, when the temperature is still in the 30Cs at night, there's a major bar scene along the river: on Calle Betis in Triana, and Arjona and Torneo on the other side, as well as outdoor bars in some of the parks. Clubbers head to the Isla de la Cartuja, where young people throng the many seasonal outdoor venues. A cubano (double measure of spirit with mixer) will normally set you back 4-6 euros, while a small glass of beer (cana) is about 1 euro. Red wine (tinto) is reliable, often Rioja, and white (blanco), such as Rueda, costs about 2 to 3 euros a glass.
CLUBS / BARS WITH DANCING
The bigger clubs only open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Don't bother turning up till after 01.00. For gay and lesbian night life, the Alameda's the place to go. Some places will charge when they have live music or name DJs.
Cuesta del Rosario 12
Well located right next to Plaza de Alfalfa, this is probably the best centre of town venue. Plays R&B, funk and garage.
Amor de Dios 18
Popular gay and lesbian venue.
Alameda de Hercules 86
Cavernous, sparsely furnished disco for the alternative crowd, which has local and regional rock, drum 'n' bass and metal bands.
Alameda de Hercules 93
Small but lively gay bar, with friendly atmosphere and bijou dance floor. Entry charge at weekends. Classic dance hits.
This venue is a big, open space - only for serious dancers as there are no cosy alcoves for chatting. Music is hard house, with guest DJs often appearing as well as live acts.
TRIANA AND ISLA CARTUJA
Small bar-club with a lively and friendly atmosphere and good music - hip-hop and funk ('funky' as it's known here).
Matematicos Rey Pastor y Castro
Huge, high-tech venue in the Olympic pavilion from Expo 92, this is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Every summer the Ayuntamiento of Seville (city council) stages a series of free concerts, from pop to classical music. Venues include Plaza San Andrés and the gardens of the Monasterio de la Cartuja on the island of La Cartuja. For more information check town hall events guide There are also music festivals which are advertised around the city; plus see El Giraldillo, the excellent free listings magazine. For a listing of bi and small music concerts click on the 'book now' button on the right hand side.
El Perro Andaluz
Bustos Tavera 11
This popular venue with lots of cred has an impressive roster of everything from blues and country to rock, reggae and Brazilian music. Attracts local artists and actors, so the crowd´s usually interesting.
Madre Maria de la Purisima 9
Bar/cafe/gallery with eclectic offering of live music, poetry and spoken word, as well as art exhibitions and its own craft beer.
Mainly known for its free nightly flamenco, this well-established place also has live folk, jazz and Arabic music. An atmospheric old building with lots of alcoves and wooden beams, it is often packed, especially at weekends. In winter, the small bar by the entrance is especially cosy thanks to a chimenea (open fire). The long tables with benches next to the first, smaller stage give it an intimate atmosphere, while the larger rear area can feel a little impersonal. There is also an outdoor patio. Although many tourists come here, there are plenty of locals too.
Many of the clubs listed above, as well as Capote on Arjona (see copa bars), have live music. For lovers of latin rhythms, you can catch live Cuban music at weekends at Nu York on Marques de Paradas, an elegant bar with pricey drinks, and Azucar de Cuba on Paseo de Colon.
For the latest listings information, look out for posters and flyers, or see El Giraldillo magazine (online version: elegirhoy.com).