This little bar tucked away in the Parte Vieja is part jazz club part discoteca. Most weekend nights, the bar invites either jazz performers or a well-known DJ to spin in the dance room downstairs. Upstairs is a small bar with seating, where the music is more low-key and people can sit and chat. The two different atmospheres are what makes this bar different and very popular: on weekend nights, or any night in the popular summer season, this bar is packed to the gills with both locals and tourists looking for a change from the house music that is played nearly everywhere else.
An elegant lounge bar spread over two floors where you can sample some of the world's finest whiskies and strong liquors to the sound of live piano music and song. Relax on a comfortable sofa and chat with friends, while checking out the massive collection of unique and interesting bottles decorating the walls. You'll be mixing with a clientele in their mid-30s and older. Teas, coffees and mixed drinks are prepared and served with style.
The perfect place to go for pintxos (Basque tapas) before lunch or dinner; Bar La Cepa is very popular with tourists. Behind the long counter are many experienced waiters, so the service is very good and fast. This is a key feature for any place as big and busy as this one. Bullfighting posters on the walls and cured hams hanging from the ceiling make it very picturesque. Their deli items, particularly the cured ham, and their hot pintxos, such as their brocheta de champiñones y bacon (bacon and mushrooms on a skewer) are highly recommended. As for the wine, choose from the great variety of Rioja wines on display.
Situated in an exclusive area, Bataplán Disco is the most glamorous disco in the city. It has wonderful views of La Concha Bay and in summer the terrace is just the place for that last drink. It is the definitive disco for the beautiful people. That doesn't mean you won't have to pay for your drinks, which don't come cheap. During the academic year they have a special university night on Thursdays.
An old-school restaurant in Gipuzkoa, Borda Berri treats you to a scintillating variety of local favorites. While it might not seem like much from the outside, step inside and this place is buzzing with excitement. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, this is one of the best spots in town for a good old-fashioned Tapas. Not to be missed are the signature Euskal Pork Ribs, Veal Cheeks and Roasted Duck Breast, all of which are crafted using fresh locally sourced ingredients. While one would expect the food to leave an impression, it's the drinks that surprise you. Its collection of imported spirits, wines and beers are certain to make any drinking session last for more than a single round.
Since its inception, Bar Haizea has been the neighborhood's go-to place for a relaxed round of drinks and a light meal. Situated at the heart of the historic district, its old-school vibes, coupled with its lively atmosphere makes it perfect for a casual meal and drinks with friends. Best known for their tapas, and Basque-style dishes, this is one of the best spots for a no-frills, local-inspired meal. At the bar, one can take their pick from their collection of imported spirits, wines, and beers, or from their signature mixed drinks.
Behind the counter of this bar stand three generations of the same family. Following the custom of San Sebastian's Day every January the 20th, they organize a tamborrada (drumming procession through the streets). The bar's owners display their spirit by decorating the bar with blue and white, the town's colors. On its walls, works from local artists are displayed and for sale. They specialize in jaliscos, original Basque tapas made of fried ham topped with a mushroom that resemble a Mexican sombrero.
Bar Swing is set in the Hotel De Londres Y De Inglaterra and overlooks the La Concha Beach. This English-style bar has a spacious look due to its high ceilings, huge glass windows and large columns. Its cozy furnishings and fireplace give a warm and inviting look while its terrace is a nice spot to unwind looking at the ocean. This quaint watering hole is a popular spot to hangout with friends or colleagues over a drink or two with some tasty bites.