2130 7th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002740.810131 -73.947955
Neighborhoods: Uptown, Harlem
Cool Vibe – Very cool lounge! Nice vibe, tons of music variety and chill.
great music fun locals – check this place out, they had a very wide array of music and jams to break you out of your funky moods so swing by for a beer or just to lamp out with your goonies!
great environment greater selection of LADIES – the bar atmosphere was laid back, not too crowded. great rotation of music, and a bevy of young, available, attractive locals.
Couldn't say it better myself – Amen! That is pretty much the perfect summarization of this bar. The main reviewer tried to make it sound like this is the Sylvia's of Harlem Lounges. I'm new to the area, but the rules that apply here apply to any homegrown bar anywhere: of you're new, be respectful and don't come in here to act out. It's mostly locals, but they're not territorial. But like I said, you shouldn't go anywhere if you don't know how to behave yourself amongst grown folks.
Old School For The New School – I'll tell you the truth, as I drink here regularly. This is not a trendy spot or a tourist attraction. If you think you're going to listen to stories of Harlem past, think again. The Seville caters primarily to a broad, older (35+) crowd of locals and Harlem ex-pats, and not everyone's living in the past. Come to relax, have a evening drink with a friend or two (it's small), and shoot the breeze. The decor is basic, and certainly not shabby, featuring photos of nightlife celebrities and entertainers, that you CAN ask about. Now, don't be put off by some of the patrons give you the "fish eye" when you enter; but the better you're dressed, the better the reception. Not a place for trendy cocktails, but the service is cordial with drink prices that will leave you with enough to go to the next spot. The music is R & B, in keeping with the mature vibe, with a great mixture of old and new. If YOU'RE new, be on good behavior: don't get loud, drunk and overly friendly; if folks want to talk to you, they will. The Seville does not accept credit cards, so have cash on hand. And don't go too late, as this place can close early, if they don't have enough customers, especially during the week.
Old-school Harlem joint kicks gentrification's ass. – The Scene
If Old Harlem is fading too fast into cinematic images, then the Seville is the set on which Pam Grier would have cussed out Antonio Vargas. The flock is peeling off the blue velvet wallpapers, the ivory paint is chipping off the French Provincial barstools and there is a profusion of flaking gilt and dusty silk flowers--all in a room no bigger than your first studio apartment. But the clientele and the site itself (just around the corner from Clinton's office) achieve the rarefied and awesome beauty of a locale, thick with stories, that refuses to yield to modern contrivance.
Don't expect fancy drinks, frilly accoutrements or friendliness. But if you pass the entrance exam, do expect a treasury of stories from veterans of times--not that long ago, really--when Starbucks was local to Seattle and a banana republic was a setting for a movie. But not the kind of movie that places like the Seville used to be in.
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