As we wandered the streets of Seville’s neighborhoods, it became evident that the tapas bars in Seville, Spain, both classic and trendy, are part of the city’s charm. People gathered around outdoor tables and squeezed their way into small bars – and we were eager to join them.
We were told that locals live their lives outside of their homes, spending time as a family and joining friends and neighbors for a meal or a few tapas. Based on a few recommendations and simply following the crowds to the action, we found our way into many tapas bars in Seville, Spain – and a few drinking bars, too.
5 Tapas Bars in Seville, Spain
El Rinconcillo was founded in 1670 and located on a quieter square in the center of the city. We had already fallen in love with the place before we even walked in. The long bar has plenty of standing room. Legs of ham and sausages hang in the bar area and ancient, dusty bottles line the shelves to the ceiling. We clustered at the end of the bar and were entertained by the bartender, who at first seemed crusty, but quickly warmed up to us. He chalked our tab directly onto the bar as we followed his recommendations for tapas and wine, going out of our comfort zone with a cooked spinach dish that was fabulous.
We had to squeeze our way into the packed Las Golondrinas in the Triana neighborhood, but it was absolutely worth it. Highly recommended in tour books and online sites, it isn’t only tourists who frequent the restaurant. We stuck to the recommended tapas of pork sirloin and sautéed mushrooms – and we were not disappointed. They might rank as my favorite tapas of the trip.
Also in Triana, we couldn’t pass by Bodega Siglo XVIII as the patrons were spilling out the front door. We only ordered drinks here, but stayed close to the bar and watched and array of savory dishes being created. A steady flow of regulars rotated through the bar, chatting up the bar staff and ordering their favorite tapas.
#4 La Alfalfa
We liked the La Alfalfa corner bar in the city center more for the fun than for the food. We nabbed the center table, which quickly became a community table as the bar filled up. We met other travelers, expats, and locals and ‘just one drink’ turned into a several hour affair. Conversation easily flowed, we practiced a bit of our Spanish (or Spanglish, as it were) with the locals and received some great tips for future travels. We love when we fall into these kind of places, where it feels like a night out with friends, rather than as outsiders.
This gem, Blanco Cerrillo, was literally around the corner from our Airbnb apartment and highly recommended by our host – for good reason. More modern, but keeping traditional hours, it wasn’t quite opened when we passed by. We strolled the neighborhood and by the time we rolled back around, it was jamming. The Spanish-speaking-only, yet friendly and helpful, bartender mostly got the gist of our ‘No pescados’ request (only once bringing us pungent fish balls).
3 Drinking Bars in Seville, Spain
Live Flamenco – Farinas
Sometimes when we get a little lost is when we stumble into the best experiences– as was the case with Farinas. We were on a fairly quiet street trying to find our way back to the center when we heard Flamenco music coming from a doorway we would have otherwise passed. A few people standing outside smoking noticed our interest and invited us inside.
What we walked into was a tiny space with chairs pushed to the wall on one side, a stage with a few stools and a small bar in the back, but it felt like we were walking into someones home. Everyone seemed to know each other. The man playing guitar invited two girls to come up and help him sing a round of songs as a young toddler and (who we think was) his dad played a beat box. As it got more crowded, a few people started to dance – those without partners danced in a group of women. It was ah-mazing.
Bars with Views: EME Hotel and Hotel Palacio Alcazar
We like drinks with views – and both of these hotels have excellent rooftop bars looking over the city – and the cathedral. The prices are inflated, but still affordable and come with snacks. We caught the sun setting over the city at each place…and happily paid the surcharge on drinks.
Our top tips for your trip to Seville, Spain
Where To Stay
During our visit to Seville, we stayed in this awesome Airbnb Apartment. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!) However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center.
Before You Go
- Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
- We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
- It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook prior to arriving.
- We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.
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