Tapas are a Spanish institution and Seville boasts a bevy of beautiful bars perfect for nibbling the night away. Whether you're craving a traditional atmosphere or eager to indulge in modern Spanish cuisine, Journy has found the best bars for all your tapas needs.
El Rinconcillo - Opened in 1670, this old-school tapas bar serves up food and history in equal proportions. Bottles of wine line the walls for a cantina-like feeling. Order a glass of fino sherry, a heaping plate of ortiguillas fritas, fried sea anemones, and a surprisingly satisfying plate of espinacas con garbanzos, stewed spinach with chickpeas.
Plato Plató - When your eyes weary from Seville's vivid colors, rest your eyes and recharge your body in Plato Plató's calming monochrome dining room. While the white-washed brick walls and sleek dark metal tables might feel right at home in a hip Brooklyn bar, the food is all Spain. Feast on clever plates such as crunchy spring rolls and a squid ink paella topped with calamari.
Cervecería Giralda | Bar de tapas - If you're craving a break after visiting Seville's imposing Cathedral, swing by Bar Giralda for a beer and tapas. Head to the terrace during the summer or nab a table in the tiled dining room. The chipirones fritos, fried squid, is a perennial favorite, but don't overlook the solomillo al whisky, tender pork loin in a rich whisky-spiked garlic sauce.
El Pintón - There's plenty to gush about dining at El Pintón in the heart of Seville. Housed in a former textile warehouse, the interior is a clever mix of clean pastels, warm wood and classic-Spanish decor (think painted tiles and stone work). The dishes are similarly inventive, blending Asian and Mediterranean tastes—try the yaki udon Iberian pork noodles.
Blanco Cerrillo - You'll feel like a local sidling up to the zinc bar at Blanco Cerrillo. This casual tapas bar has been Seville's go-to destination for fried fish tapas since it opened in 1926. Retro memorabilia lines the walls and, while the neon lights won't do anything for your complexion, the bustling atmosphere makes this bar a must-visit.
American Bar at Hotel Alfonso XIII - It's hard not to feel like royalty when you settle into a black-and-gold chair at the art deco American Bar in Seville’s recently-renovated luxury Hotel Alfonso XIII. The space gets its name from the 10-meter long bar, which Spaniards once called 'American bars'. Stop by on Friday to enjoy a live jazz performance along with your Sherry cocktail.