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).