This is where you go to feel and experience the real flamenco spirit. It is full of passion, inspiring, absorbing, mesmerising, you name it... and it's free. That's right! You don't pay a dime to see a flamenco show. That bar is stunning, you get a nostalgia feeling of being in another time, where time doesn't matter. The drinks and foods are also worthy to note, you have to give it a try.
I have been there twice and it's amazing. The atmosphere, the staff, everything is amazing. The singer is so good and when he sings it's like an invasion of emotion. If you are in Seville you have to go there. They also have this amazing lady that dances flamenco and a piano. It's the place to go if you want a quiet night.
I read in various guides that this bar was worth checking out for culture and flamenco music. It is hidden on Levies street and the road bends so it seems to be an alley but follow it to no.18 and after 8.30pm you can get in. The feel is homely- with real fires burning in fireplaces and improvised flamenco rumored to e nightly and most begin from 10.30pm onwards. There is a large bar with range of drinks and food but prices are a little higher as entry is free so can't expect all the extras without a little profit for the bar itself.
It's worth the effort to find this place. A very old, interesting building. The night starts late , and the place didn't open til 8.30 pm and didn't get going until 10pm . It was freezing cold, so take plenty of layers. A fire was lit, which smoked atmospherically. The wine was great and good value. The snacks are ok, but it's problably better to have a meal elsewhere and finish your evening here with a drink and the flamenco. The night we went, there was no dancing , but amazing singing and playing of guitar and piano. It feels very spontaneous, and I imagine every night is different. Would definitely go again.
This is a place where local people frequent. so if you want some authentic experience, you definitely should go there. The food is fair, but the atmosphere is stunning! The flamenco show is great, and with the local audience cheering up, it's just a lovely experience! And yes, the show is free, you just pay for the food and drinks, so it's also great value for money.
Although I went there for flamenco only to be told that there was none as they stopped it a few months ago, it was still a great place to hang out. people there were friendly and was made to feel very welcome!! :)
We've come to this place to watch flamenco by a recommendation of one of the locals. However, the staff told us that the shows here are cancelled since few weeks ago, and except for them there is nothing special in this place
This seemed to be a very popular place- get a drink and watch a flamenco show for free. This was truly one of the best touristy experience in Spain- getting soaked in Flamenco dance and music.
We went here for a few drinks and to see some flamenco. We had a wonderful time. The music was great and the flamenco show was amazing. It felt very authentic and was a great way to spend a night in Sevilla.
While the music appeared to be authentic, it was difficult to be sure as the only non-tourists present were the musicians and staff. The guides say that La Carboneria is popular amongst local flamenco enthusiasts, but the presence of so many tourists may be driving them away.
We went to La Carboneria based on some of the reviews that said they had seen good flamenco for free. The place is certainly different, and full of tourists, I don't think there were any locals down there! Hot as hell, everybody was sweating badly. Drinks on the bar, certainly cold and cheap. The flamenco trio was starting when we arrived. No audio made it difficult to appreciate the singing (one cantaor one guitar). The bailaora (dancer) was sitting with the trio and only danced one song.All in all, go to a better place to see flamenco, where you have three bailaoras and more guitars and singers. Of course you will have to pay, but you will see and listen to something better, made for tourists, so what? It is good and local anyway.
We were recommended this place by one of the girls at our hotel, when our show at El Arenal was cancelled. And if we had missed this, we would have missed an amazing show! We went primarily for the free flamenco, and getting there was a little daunting since we were still getting our bearings in Seville. We were told not to go before 10.30 so when we got there, we were lucky enough to get a place right next to the stage. The show is short, a mix of male singers and a female dancer. There was an older gentleman, who knew the performers and at one point he danced with the female dancer and it was lovely to watch them. Different ages, but matching passion for the art. The atmosphere of the place was really great. When you enter the bar it is a cavernous room with a beautiful piano, someone was already singing there when we got there. You then move in further into the main bar area, which resembles a truck stop 'dhaba' in India that you can find on the numerous highways. But it was packed with people and drinks were flowing. The Sangria we had was not the best, but at 2 euro a pop we were not complaining. Comparing this place to El Arenal, which holds professional flamenco shows, the experience is completely different. You can interact with the performers after wards and many people took pictures. It was a more easy going place and very authentic, one could imagine the art being enjoyed this way by locals.If i ever return to seville, this is the place I would return again for a flamenco show. I highly recommend this place, do not miss it!
The lady whom we rented the apartment from recommended us to go there, citing it being near where we stay and flamenco dance is good there. We managed to get the front table, being the first customers to enter Carboneria as they open for business at 8pm. Nice to watch so close the dancing for first timers, the passionate expression on the dancer and the singer. Food is only so served at 9pm, need to get the form to fill in your orders. Food wise is so so only.