Cafe Bar Guria: Part 5 - breakfast
I think we chose this cafe as it was one of the few open before 8am, not to mention being close to our flat! Best to soak up all that alcohol by getting something to eat - croissants, pain au chocolat, or a bocadillo tortilla patata if you can stomach it!
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Spree: Part 4 - clubs
Spree opens at about 3am, and I've actually no idea when it closes as we gave up before that happened... I think we left at 7am, so that should give you a rough idea! Again, it's a fairly small bar, so it's usually heaving, but it's a fun place to hang out with friends. As with other bars, we seemed to be given several free shots of oddly-flavoured spirits - pineapple, blackcurrant, anise, etc.
Part 2 - Fuel up
Spaniards generally eat quite late, so if your pintxos haven't filled you up you should grab some dinner (at around 10-11pm) before you go on for serious drinking.
If you don't want to go out to a restaurant (if you do, see my restaurant tips), and don't have a home to go to, then you could worse than follow the young Spaniards' example - get a boccadillo in a bar.
There are many places serving such things, but Bar 7 in Calle Cuchilleria is a popular place to fill up on these large baguettes with various fillings. They also do patatas bravas.
Part 3 - Ruta de la Zapa
The drinking proper in Vitoria starts at about 11pm or midnight. The bars of the casco viejo are great, and in particular, Calle Zapateria, which has 4 bars which group together to form 'la Ruta de la Zapa'; Millenium, Joe Coco, Totem and Bar El Golpe. Like all the bars in this part of town, they're small and get pretty crowded, but that's OK, because it's quite normal to spill out onto the street, and sit down with your drinks outside. On the floor. A 'Cuba Libre' (rum and coke) will set you back about 5€ - as will any 'cubata' which is any spirit/mixer combo. If you want rum, you'll be asked to specify which brand of rum you want (if you go for a good one, be prepared to pay more). Cacique's a safe bet.
The picture here is of a sticker that the bars of the Ruta de la Zapa hand out - apparently it's a promotion, something to do with collecting a few which you hand in to get a free drink. Most people, however, just get a kick out of trying to get as many of them as possible stuck to someone's back without that person noticing!
The bars generally stay open til about 4am. If you want to carry on (and most people seem to), you'll need to go to a club...
Part 1 - Pintxo pote!
The first part of a good night out should start at about 7:30-8:00pm, with a tour of various bars offering pintxos. These are often mistaken as the Basque version of tapas, but they're actually smaller - just one or two ingredients on a tiny piece of bread, all held together with a toothpick (pincho, or pintxo in Basque, actually means 'thorn' or 'spike'). It should be small enough to eat in two bites.
Calle Gorbea is a great place to go for this, as every Thursday evening most of the bars along this street offer a pintxo and a drink (that's the pote part!) for 1 euro. You get a small glass of wine or beer, and the pintxo speciality of the house, and after consuming while having a chat with friends, you move onto the next bar. The best pintxo in my opinion was the mushroom with garlic butter, but there were also croquettes, blood sausages, tuna tartlets, etc etc.#
Other streets in Vitoria do a similar deal, such as Calle San Prudencio, but Calle Gorbea was definitely my favourite. If you're wandering around town look out for signs saying 'Crianza + pintxo 1€' - Crianza is 1 year old wine, but you can have beer or shandy (pica) instead.
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Azkena Vitoria-Gasteiz: The Darkness Saturday 13th December 2003
definitely the Night-spot in Vitoria. Heavy Metal/Punk, sweaty people, jumping around, drinking drinking drinking!
this particular time I saw The Darkness, the only reason why, was I blagged myself on the guest list!!! hooray for The Darkness!
Met wonderful people from Pamplona, Vitoria and surrounding parts!
I love Azkena! I love The Basque Country!
Watch out for petrol-station music (Camella, they suck!)
Chupiteria Zanzibar: Another Rubbish Bar
This place serves 'shooters' small cocktails which a not very strong, at around 1.50 euros.. Also pints of Kalimotxo (again not very strong) Why do the Basque kids drink this rubbish???
Dress Code: No dress code!