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Don't miss one of the best venues in Bilbao, as it offers a great atmosphere and a wide variety of live music featuring stars like Loquillo, Barricada, Greta y los Garbo, Antonio Flores, Los Secretos, Immaculate Fools, Javier Alvarez and Paul Carrack as well as DJs like Radiador, Dino Velvet and Resident DJ'S. The decor changes all the time to keep it fresh. At the moment the walls are decorated with records produced by performers who have played here alongside a collection of foreign banknotes and bottle tops. You'll hear soothing classical music in the bathrooms as a delicate touch. You can choose from a range of beers, cocktails, whiskeys and rums as well as milkshakes and fresh juices.
An enormous steel anchor makes out that this "galleon" is fixed to the land and a sign saying "welcome aboard" invites us inside. Once inside El Galeón, having been greeted by a captain with an eye-patch and metal hook, it is as though we really are aboard an old sailing ship: rope ladders on the walls, pictures of sailors, curtained windows colored red and green, huge barrels, old maps, flashing lamps, poles twisted with ropes and a large space at the back for dancing to the latest sounds and golden oldies. All this while you drink your favorite spirit and mixer. If things get too hot for you, you can take your drink outside. Enjoy the Happy Hour Thursdays as you groove to the beats of the DJs. You can also host business parties, student festivals and weddings at this venue. Check website for more details.
Kafe Antzokia is a café-theater that promotes work in Euskara (the Basque language) and Basque culture in general, although lots of musicians from all over Spain play here regularly. The ground floor is a café-restaurant during the day and turns into a music bar later on at night. The stage is used for all sorts of cultural activities including film shows, theater and concerts. On Thursdays and Fridays there are always live concerts featuring different musical styles as diverse as classical, jazz, folk and pop-rock. There's a regular programs throughout the month of various conferences, discussions, theater, dance and children's activities as well as special events for World Theater Day once a year. Check website for more details.
When it comes to a music haunt, Sonora is one humdinger of a live music venue that offers not just one, but three separate spaces, each catering to people with distinctive musical leanings. So whether you are in mood to listen to the classic tunes by established rock bands, or want to hop to the beats of electronic music, or are ready to open up to revolutionary sounds in music like funk, soul and dubstep, this eclectic space has everything covered inside its Room 808, Room 909 and the Bar. A unique party house that is bound to impress one and all. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.