Here at Gusto Guides we are crazy about authentic bars, even more so if they are essentially a hole in the wall with good service and rock-bottom prices in an area where tourists traps abound (hello, Seville city centre).
With a deliciously old-fashioned air, Bar Alvaro Peregil is one of the Andalucian capital’s most traditional watering holes (yes, a tiny room full of people shouting and drinking is traditional in Spain), and is known to locals as ‘El Peregil de Mateos Gago’ after the street where this little bar sits happily among touristy restaurants and upmarket hotels, just behind Seville’s famous gothic cathedral.
The saying ‘good things come in small packages’ could have been coined for El Peregil. At roughly 25 square metres with a tiny terrace of four rickety tables, the place is cramped during peak times and eating al fresco means balancing precariously at times between pedestrians and the notoriously prudent Sevillan drivers. But even so, there are always crowds of locals from workmen to judges eager to crowd in. If there isn’t enough space, you can head to the sister bar two doors down (although we prefer the charm of the tiny original).
According to their website, the building was originally the office of a vineyard from Huelva, and has been run by the same family since opening in 1904.
We went for beer on our visit, but Alvaro Peregil has a good selection of local wines including the famous orange wine from Moguer (Huelva). Food options are limited but for a quick snack on the hoof, there are few places as efficient at serving up sandwiches (think small with tasty traditional fillings including salt cod and pork loin) as El Peregil. Other nibbles on offer vary from day to day but include tapas such as snails (caracoles) and chickpea stew (garbanzos)
- 2 beers
- 2 montaditos (little sandwiches)
- Total: €5.50
Address: Bar Alvaro Peregil – La Goleta, Calle Mateos Gagos 20, 41004 Sevilla
Opening Hours: 1200-0030h