A Botellón and Discotecas

5 Nov

It’s been a while since I posted solely about Spain so I think it’s about time. This post is dedicated to the nightlife of Sevilla, mainly the discotecas. I think I’ve gone to more discotecas in the past week than in all the rest of my time here in Sevilla. Halloween night we hit up the Goa Club and this past Friday I went to Caramelo and Theatre Antique. The cool part about these discotecas is that they aren’t the usual ones frequented by all the foreigners. I wouldn’t have known about them at all if I hadn’t happened to meet a very nice sevillano who offered to show me around.

Most of us extranjeros only visit two places to go partying here in Sevilla: Calle Betis and Plaza Alfalfa. Ask anyone not a native sevillano where to party and they will most likely direct you to those areas. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Both are really fun and packed with people, although Calle Betis is pretty much closed by 4 or 5 am which is ridiculously early by Sevillano standards where you usually party until 7 or 8 am. For myself, I love the concept of partying until 8 am (starting around 11:30 pm, mind you) and then chatting while snacking on churros and chocolate.

A typical Sevilla night out (or at least for the younger generation, i.e. 20-30) begins with a botellón around 11:30 pm or midnight. A botellón consists of buying large quantities of liquor (before 10pm since they stop selling after) and other stuff to make yourselves drinks. The idea behind this is that buying drinks at the bars and discotecas is much too expensive (anywhere from 5 to 10 euro for a glass) for university students. Being a poor college student myself and having Sevilla sucking up my money at a ridiculously fast pace, I can totally understand. On the other hand, some of the people on the higher end of the age range and beyond tend to look down on the people who botellón, considering it a nuisance (which it is with the noise and trash) and ridiculous (why not just pay for your drinks at the bars? If you can’t afford to drink, don’t.). These are both valid and completely understandable points. Especially since these botellón can get pretty intense. The streets are packed with hundreds or even thousands of people drinking and the next morning the streets are filled with trash, mostly plastic bags from OpenCor and broken glass bottles.

So now that all the youngsters are good and drunk, they begin trickling into the discotecas around 2:30 or 3 am. Usually they will visit 2 or 3 discotecas a night since some close earlier than others around 4 am (usually those geared towards extranjeros, but not always) and a few are open until 8:30 am or later. A lot of the discotecas have a cover charge upwards of 10 euro that often includes a drink, but not all of them. It is definitely worthwhile to get flyers that offer discounts or to find out when’s the cheapest time to go to the discotecas since cover charges can fluctuate depending on the night and time (and how hot you are, but that’s another story).

9 Responses to “A Botellón and Discotecas”

  1. ym Sunday, 5 November 2006 at 10:58 pm #

    sounds crazy and fun. enjoy sevilla to be young and full of life AWESOME

  2. Tia Sunday, 5 November 2006 at 10:58 pm #

    I LOVE the updates. I feel like I am there with you. Have FUN and ENJOY. Love and Hogs

  3. Tia Sunday, 5 November 2006 at 11:01 pm #

    OOPS on the Hogs, I don’t know where that came from. It could have come from all the drinking, not quite sure. It was suppose to HUGS. Take Care and KEEP SMILING

  4. The Voice of Truth Tuesday, 7 November 2006 at 7:16 pm #

    Haha, it’s ok, Tia. I appreciate the comments, spelling isn’t as important.

    I’m glad you both enjoyed this most recent post. I decided it was about time to focus a little more indepth on something of the spanish culture. Also, I’m pretty sure we could do things other than get drunk and go partying, I just have to figure out what that possibly could be.

  5. Banyuken Monday, 11 December 2006 at 7:10 pm #

    It’s nice to find a weblog in English with so many entries about my city, Sevilla.

    I agree absolutely with you in everything about the “botellón”. It’s a curious phenomenon mainly in the south of Spain. But the worst is that it’s forbidden, but everybody does it…

  6. The Voice of Truth Saturday, 13 January 2007 at 7:05 pm #

    I’m glad you like the blog, Banyuken. Let me know if I get any of the details wrong. I’m still just getting acquainted with the city.🙂

    Also, a great point about the botellón. My non-Spanish readers might not know it, but the botellón was declared illegal in 17 or so zones throughout Sevilla and the enforcement when it first went into effect was extreme. I remember the next morning reading about all that had happened that night in terms of civil disobedience and destruction of property. The nights here are a lot quieter now and you don’t have to worry so much about walking around the streets with the drunks. Although, it was definitely odd to meet all the new students for our program and realize that they didn’t really understand and would probably never truly appreciate what the botellón was all about and how intense it could get.

  7. Florian Monday, 29 January 2007 at 2:10 am #

    I found your blog via google by accident and have to admit that youve a really interesting blog🙂
    Just saved your feed in my reader, have a nice day🙂

  8. Manolo Escobar Sunday, 2 September 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    El botellon a llegado a Londres… y con el su prohibicion !!!!
    Pero los espanoles en londres no nos rendimos, y por eso hemos creado una plataforma online para la propagacion de botellones en el reino unido.

    El sabado que viene montaremos nuestro segundo III botellon a la orilla del rio Tamesis, debajo del London Eye en Londres!
    Asi pues, si quereis ayudar colaborar con la causa y podeis entender un poquito de ingles, pasaros por http://www.londonbotellon.com y/o agregaos al grupo “London Eye Botellon uk” en FaceBook.

    Un saludazo camaradas!
    Manolo Escobar


    Regular Botellon in london!!
    Join the group to find out about the next one.
    Think of it as a Flashmob a la spanish with alcohol… a flaskmob!!!
    Tell your friends! Tell your partner! Tell your granny!

    Después de exportar la siesta, la pae-la y la sangrouia Llega a Londres “El botellón”
    Expatriados en Londres por las leyes anti-botellon, unios! lo unico que teneis que perder es el sentido!

    Botellón (bot-ay-yon) is a custom that takes place mainly in the Spanish nightlife that involves the gathering of a large number of young people, fundamentally in open spaces with access to the free air, to drink beverages previously acquired in shops (usually supermarkets), to listen to music and talk.

    Botellon – Final date and place.
    This saturday xth of September in London Eye From 20:00 onwards this (Jubile Gardens, under london eye)
    To members of London botellón:

    Hola a tod@s!

    First botellón has finally got a place and date!
    We want everyone to have enough time to make plans and tell as many people as possible so the date has been postponed to Sat xth of September.

    London Botellon had already take off! it was a successfull trial last saturday and there is not way back ;o)))
    I want to invite u and your good friends for the next one.
    Find more info about place and time, joining the group on: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4636711597


    Second popular Botellón in London on Sat xth September.

    We’ll post details and suggestions tomorrow on http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4636711597 then join the group to keep informed for future Botellones in London and organise your own ;o)))

    The “rules” or… “we’d rather you dids” are:

    • Starting today tell as many people as possible.

    •Bring your own beverages. You’re encouraged to bring typical Spanishdrinks like Calimocho (Red wine and coke) Rebujito (manzanilla/finowith 7up) Sangria, etc

    • Be civil law abiding citizens! We don’t want to get kicked out.

    • Please, take your rubbish with you when you leave.

    ¡Gracias! hope to see u there.

    Manolo Escobar
    Master Mind of

    *This announcement WILL NOT be posted in the group’s news for obvious reasons. A last reminder and final confirmation depending on the weather forecast will be sent a few days before the event. (so register on FaceBook to keep informed)
    What a botellon is? (English short description) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botellon
    What a botellon is? (extended explanation in Spanish) http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botell%C3%B3n

  9. Madrid sensation Wednesday, 13 May 2009 at 4:59 pm #

    Entra GRATIS!! en tus Discotecas preferidas de Madrid

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