FOUR CENTURIES OF HISTORY THE MOST TRADITIONAL SPOT OF SEVILLE
El Rinconcillo, founded in 1670, holds the title of the most ancient bar of Seville. In 1858, the De Rueda family (the current owners of this magical place) acquired the property located at n.40 of Gerona Street, which originally was an old tavern.
Years later, in 1897, the De Rueda family bought a new house at n.2 of Alhóndiga Street, linked to the other one. The current shape of El Rinconcillo arises from these two linked houses. The first house kept serving as a tavern and the second one is used as a corner shop. This arrangement remained unchanged until the 1960’s, when corner shops started disappearing, and both houses start serving as the tavern that we know nowadays.
The De Rueda family has preserved the original essence of El Rinconcillo over the generations, and this place has turned into the most popular corner of Seville without changing its original appearance.
FOUNDED IN 1670, EL RINCONCILLO IS THE MOST ANCIENT BAR IN SEVILLE
TYPICAL ANDALUSIAN DECORATION PURE SEVILLIAN CHARM
One of the biggest treasures of El Rinconcillo is its ancestral ornamentation that has been preserved for more than 300 years and still attracts visitors from all over the world.
On the ground floor, one can enjoy flavorful tapas and gratifying wines on its mahogany bar as well as at the typical Andalusian barrel-tables, or also eat on one of its marble-made tables while sitting on bulrush-made wooden chairs. In addition to this, its full of old bottles, carved shelves, its patio, its typical stone slabs combined with cement tiles, its typical Arabic brick walls, the patterns of the ceramic tiles of the walls from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries will take visitors to another epoch.
Besides its eye-catching decoration, the waiters follow the traditional practice of writing down the order of the customers with chalk on the mahogany bar, erasing it later when the customers pay. Just like as if it was a blackboard!
The restaurant is on the upper floor, and it completely follows the aesthetic of the whole place. There are stately spaces with exposed brick walls, Andalusian seating, wrought iron lamps and flamboyant picture windows that are common in old Sevillian houses.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
EL RINCONCILLO OPENED FOR THE FIRST TIME WHEN CHARLES III WAS THE KING OF SPAIN? SINCE THEN, 15 DIFFERENT KINGS AND FOUR DINASTIES (THE HAPSBURG, THE BONAPARTES, THE HOUSE OF SAVOY AND THE BOURBONS) HAVE BEEN ON THE THRONE.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
EL RINCONCILLO HAS BEEN A PLACE WHERE SEVERAL SPANISH MOVIES AND ADVERTISEMENTS HAVE BEEN FILMED? A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS: “SANGRE Y ARENA” OR “PONCHE CABALLERO”