As soon as the weather starts warming up Sanlúcar transforms from a quaint little beach town to a holiday hot spot! Sevillanos usually make their way to Sanlúcar on the weekends to escape the summer heat along with tourists from other parts of Spain, UK, Germany, France etc. Sanlúcar comes to life at night during the summer months and if you’re in town there’s a few stops you should make during your night out! Cocktails usually cost around 5 – 7 euros and beer (Spanish beer brands like Cruzcampo or Estrella de Galicia) go for 1 – 2 euros a glass/bottle.
Abadia is a great spot to start off your night! I especially like their Bailey’s Coffee Concoction (no idea what’s in it, the bartender named Michel invented it); there’s indoor seating with big cushy chairs and the bar has a fabulous interior patio which is perfect for enjoying the warm summer nights. It’s also a popular spot with locals for an after-lunch coffee and cake. Drink prices are reasonable and it’s one of the only spots in town you can order a cocktail with Grey Goose!
2. Ribera 22
Ribera 22 is conveniently located on the corner of the Plaza de Cabildo. This little bar is a favorite spot amongst locals; people usually stand and chat inside or outside in the street, there’s also seating along the outer wall of the bar which is perfect for enjoying a cocktail. This bar’s specialty is gin & tonic so make sure to check out their fantastic drink menu!
3. Doña Cló
If you’re in the mood for flamenco music head to Doña Cló! The interior of the bar is decorated with elements of feria like the traditional tables and chairs used in casetas, polka dots and plenty of Flamenco music. There are usually flamenco concerts Friday and Saturdays around 11pm in summer (earlier in winter) and later on in the evening they play dance music as well.
Vicana Pop Bar is one of our favorite spots in town because they’ve got lots of outdoor seating and the best prices in town! This bar is located inside the Patio de Victoria, a large interior square in Sanlúcar with bars lined all along the inner wall; it’s a good place to start off the night and people-watch as you drink your super cheap cocktail. Sometimes they host beer pong contests and have great drink specials too. Mixed drinks (rum and coke for example) in a small glass (“vaso de tubo”) will cost you 3 euros and a large glass (“vaso ancho”) costs just 4 euros – it doesn’t get better than that!
5. San Juan
This is the go-to bar if you’re in the mood to dance! San Juan closes at 4am so once the other bars in town close at 3am people head to San Juan. I like to get there around 1 or 2am before it gets crowded so we can take advantage of the open dance floor. San Juan is a new bar so it’s pretty popular with the locals – sometimes it gets so packed you can’t even get in the door so if you want to check it out try to go before 3am.
Sanlúcar’s Club Scene
My clubbing days are behind me but sometimes if we’re having fun we might make it out to some of Sanlúcar’s late night venues. All bars in town close around 3 – 4am depending on their venue license, but there are a few establishments in town that stay open until 7am (like the ones listed below).
La Santa – It’s located in Barrio Alto and usually plays Top 40 type of dance music.
Los Angeles – is also located in Barrio Alto; it’s a bodega/nightclub with a dance room, interior patio, and indoor sitting area. Usually you have to pay a cover to get in but 1 drink is included in the cover charge (5 euros). This used to be my favorite spot but recently it’s been taken over by the 18 – 21 year old crowd; I prefer this venue in fall during the Ruta de Mosto more so than in summer (it’s less crowded and they have flamenco concerts during the ruta).
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