Piropo Cafe Arte: Piropo - Art and style
This stylish bar also doubles as an art gallery, with different panitings on the wall every time you go in.
With space to sit down, this is a pleasant, relaxing escape from some of the more hectic bars around.
- Arts and Culture
Cafe La Granja: Dancing cafes
Good pintxos and cafe during the day - and music and going-out places at night.
During the Aste Nagusia, they organize lots of activities - gastronomical, cultural and of course, party during the whole night! - the circular square (Plaza Biribila) is almost closed to traffic because of the crowd of people dancing outside Cafe La Granja.
This cafe belongs to a group of 3 traditional cafes in Bilbao:
Cafe Iruna - at Jardines de Albia, beautifully decorated inside with Andalusian-style tiles.
Cafe La Granja - at Plaza Circular
Cafe Boulevard - in El Arenal, oppsite Arriaga theater.
Dress Code: Informal
Twiggies et al: Urquijo and Gallerias
Located conveniently next door to each other, Twiggys and Alambique offer complimentary services. Eclectic dýcor, music, and, as the official guide says, ýcharming barmaidsý, Twiggys (Alameda Urquijo 35) challenges your senses. Alambique (Alameda Urquijo 37) is quieter, more relaxing, often giving you the opportunity to sit down and gossip.
THIS SHOULD THEN GIVE YOU THE ENERGY TO TACKLE GALLERIAS URQUIJO, AN ARCADE OF BARS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF TWIGGYS. THE BARS RANGE FROM THE ODD TO THE DERANGED (WILD WEST SALONS AND GIANT FRIESIAN COWS?) BUT THE PARTYING GOES ON TO 4AM, AND IS PARTICULARLY CONVENIENT ON THE NOT INFREQUENT NIGHTS OF RAIN IN BILBAO.
Dress Code: The wierder the better, but check shirts always fit in
Cache latino: Latin beats
It is something different, and not really spanish. But it is still fun to go and dance the salsa with some nice spanish ladies ;-)
Dress Code: We got in dressed just casual, it is just a bar, but maybe on saturdays you might have to be bit more dressed up.
Dining / Drinking / Dancing: Hold your appetite
Dinner is taken later in the evening, although my friends tell me not so late as it used to be. Begin with tapas and drinks, going from café to café about 6pm. Wait until at least 8pm or later to think about dinner! Don't worry, the tapas will hold you over...
If you want to go dancing afterwards try the Cotton Club on Calle Gregorio de la Revilla.
House music--Congreso on Barrencalle Barrena
Non-stop---QU&DO on Ibañez de Bilbao
- Family Travel
Wicklow Arms: Where the Expats Go
This small bar is the hang-out of the English Speaking Expats in Bilbao. (Wednesday - Friday in particular)
The Wicklow serves the best (and the most per square metre) Guinness in Bilbao.
Dress Code: No dress code
- Family Travel
- Work Abroad
Pinchos y Cerveza
Most of my exploration of Bilbao's nightlife took place in the Casco Viejo, as I was too knackered to venture much further out after the days wanderings. It's a very pleasant, relaxed area with a few terrace cafes and restaurants in the Plaza Nueva, and a good choice of bars and eateries in the surrounding streets. Be sure to visit one of the city's old-time cafes - I liked the Cafe Boulevard, accross the road from the Teatro Arraiga.
This picture shows you my University's friends Niko & Bego. They began their life together, so we prepare a special sorprise party in February' 2001 to celebrate it.
The blue-coloured hair of Niko is a wig, because he's nearly baldheaded!! Bego was wearing Niko's special helmet... to work? :-)
Dress Code: Whatever you want!!
Lots of bars, I would...
Lots of bars, I would recommend the Old Part...La Granja and the Iruña, are very good place to meet Bilbainos.
Muchos Bares, recomendaría el Casco Viejo...La Granja y el Iruña, locales de toda la vida, para conocer a los locales.
Here drinking Kalimotxo (Coke and red wine) with my cousings in Las Madalenas Party.
Bebiendo Kalimotxo con los primos en Las Madalenas...
This is the area with the best atmosphere in Donostia. In this multi-coloured city centre meet the young and the old alike. You can find pintxos and drinks; the atmosphere continues until three am. The most frequented street is Fermin Calbeton and the Plaza de la Constitucion.
Calle San Bartolomé
This street near La Concha Bay, parallel to San Martin street, has a number of pubs where the young and beautiful meet.
Those closer to their 30's or those over 30 can find other people of the same age group in the pubs of this street, located at the back of the Good Shepard cathedral.
For those who prefer Caribbean music, 'La Habanera' is a basement located under the Victoria Eugenia theatre. The cafeteria at the new Kursaal is also a good alternative.
In the historical part of town you can enjoy the bars, which in the morning serve 'pintxos' and in the evening turn into music pubs.
Paseo de la Marina
The most populous area of this beautiful town is full of restaurants, bars and pubs, which offer all sorts of gastronomic delights.
One cannot go to Hondarribia and not visit 'Uxoa', an establishment located on the Paseo Butron, which is a 'pintxo' bar in the afternoon, and a pub in the evenings. The evenings always end at 'Truck', located on the Paseo del Faro, opposite the sports centre.
Bilbao's nightlife comes in...
Bilbao's nightlife comes in various stages and levels of intensity. For relaxed, bar-to-bar, tavern-to-tavern wining and dining on the run, the action begins in such places as the Casco Viejo and, in the Ensanche, along Calle Licenciado Poza, where serious poteo (tippling), txikiteo (still more tippling), and tapeo (tippling and tapa grazing) continues late into the night.
Other top bar-hopping zones include Paseo del Arenal, Calle Ledesma, and Calle Elcano. Los Jardines de Albia, with the Café Iruña in the forefront, is also a hub for a variety of cafés, bars, and taverns.
Blues festival (end of june),...
Blues festival (end of june), Jazz festival (beginning of july) and Folk festival (mid-september). Don't pass 'em by!!!!!
Get ready to enjoy the outdoor, free concert where everyone ends up shaking their bodies and sipping some cool drinks, under the moon & stars.....
Dress Code: The only dress code is that you wear a smile on your face and a good mood in your soul! And if not, the place will cheer you up, I'm sure.
They play all kind of music: reggae, latin, ska, rock...
A good place to go when most of the places are closed, they close at 6am more or less.
They also organize all kind of concerts.
Dress Code: It´s up to you.
Tumbaollas: Tumbaollas - In the Zubiarte Centre
This pleasant bar is located in the new Zubiarte (between bridges) shopping centre. It offers pintxos and a nice view of the river.