Like everything else about Seville, the city’s nightlife is broken up into its various different neighborhoods. Visitors and locals are, however, united in one common cause: going out as often as possible, until as late as possible – Seville’s nightlife can be absolutely non-stop.
The Barrio de Santa Cruz, while undoubtedly scenic and ideal for an early evening stroll, is far from the city’s nightlife hub. A better choice by far is the nearby district of the Alfalfa, where the city’s many international students flock to Calle Perez Galdos and the streets off Plaza Alfalfa.
Across town to the southwest, the Alameda de Hercules is one of the best places for nightlife (of a more alternative feel) in the city. A broad boulevard, its sides are lined with bars and small clubs that only really pick up the pace in the early hours of the morning.
In both the Alameda and the Alfalfa, the scene is relaxed, with – particularly on hot summer nights – noisy crowds of people standing around, milling from one bar to the next, and generally having a great time.
But perhaps the most scenic spot for a couple of drinks is across the river in Triana. Calle Betis, which runs parallel to the river, is heaving with bars, many of which put tables out so that you can sit and admire the great views of the Giralda across the water.
Where Seville’s nightlife lacks, though, is clubs. It’s not that what clubs there are don’t fit the bill, but simply that the city has remarkably few of them. But then when there are so many heaving bars staying open as late as they do, perhaps there’s little point in them!
And then, of course, there’s flamenco. Seville is a fantastic place to see Andalucia’s vibrant art form, but far too many people are drawn into pricey tourist traps. A far better alternative lies in the couple of clubs to the north of the center, where the Alfalfa meets Santa Catalina, which tend to offer a more authentic alternative.
And when it comes to nightlife in Seville, two events loom large over the calendar: Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril. Although nominally a religious ceremony, once the Semana Santa processions have ended (and often long before) the bars fill up, and a seemingly never-ending evening of partying begins.
And no sooner has it finished, than the city moves onto the biggest event in Andalucia – the Feria de Abril. Tens of thousands of people descend on the Remedios district, and the city explodes into an orgy of flamenco dresses, bullfighting and one big party, Seville style.