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Plaza politics – Casa Manué v’s La Carboná

On Seville’s Plaza de San Leandro, two tiny bars brawl for clients’ attention. On the shady south side of the historic triangle we present to you… The old timers haunt, the ever faithful, the hard working, el classico…. (Drum roll) Casa Manué. The sun kissed north side proudly flaunts: The fearless, the new kid on the block, the antagonist of this dreaded duo (French horn intro)…. La Carboná. Beware! To choose one, you take up arms against the other.

Plaza San Leandro is the ultimate locals hangout.

Manués army of husky, sun wrecked regulars jeer brazenly through slitted Spanish eyes at their hot new rival. Fresh meat on the street, daring to take on The Manué with little more than a boldly priced tapa del dia and €0.80 bottelines of Cruzcampo. It is hard to resist the charm of La Carboná. The simple and authentic décor coloured by an effervescent flow of flamenco lures in the most resilient of passers-by. But, Manué is pure Gitano. His life of flamenco decadence is scattered across the fabled walls of the bar in framed sepia magnificence, and did we mention that there’s free rice on Sundays? Sadly again Carboná swings into triumph as perhaps the only guaranteed sun-spot without queues in the Casco. Perhaps Manu will have the last laugh when that 50-degree summer wanders back from the desert.

Plaza San Leandro is the ultimate locals hangout. Perched majestically on the top of the fountain, the Pila del Pato duck, (the oldest statue in the city) is the only one to know the history that’s gone down in this classic square… All you can do is be part of it.

SBT says dine on: Tapa del dia, or any of Carbonás great little tapas.
SBT says wine on: Cervecitas, manzanilla, oloroso dulce.

Come here if: You want simple outright no frills authenticity
Don’t come here if: You’re scared of locals, you’re looking for high standards  
When? Lunchtimes and evenings after 2000 Where? Plaza de San Leandro, 41003 Sevilla


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