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.
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.
Nestled within the heart of the historic town center, Atari Gastroteka offers diners a taste of the Spanish culinary tradition through a selection of delicious pintxos. While San Sebastian is replete with pintxo bars, few offer gin & tonic and foie gras that can match the quality and exquisite taste of that which is offered here. The bar itself is simple, and charming, with a lovely outdoor area that offers spellbinding views of the Santa Maria church. While the foie gras on raisin toast is a definite must, delectable options like the goat cheese and walnut salad, Potato Bravas, house cured salmon and beef cheeks are quite popular as well.
In 1923, when Jean Eguiazabal started his wine cellar for trading, little did he know that it will get expanded to a fine, gourmet restaurant. Cave Ez Kecha houses some of the finest wines from wineries of France and the wine bar allows you to sip on them. The food menu comprises of rich French delicacies like Foie Gras, Baked dishes and assorted cheese variants. Enjoy your toothsome meal, a la francaise, by the charming poolside garden located at the back of the restaurant.
Nestled in the heart of San Sebastian is the Bar Txepetxa, a quaint little highly recommended bar that is a must visit when in the city. They are known to serve some of the best Tapas in the city that are prepared using only the finest and freshest ingredients. The Anchovy and Sardine Tapas, Sea Urchin Tapas, and the Crab Pintxo are some of the recommended dishes. The service is friendly and welcoming and the food is reasonably priced making this place perfect for a meal with the family or friends.
You're guaranteed an explosive start to the evening in this bar. You'll find everything as it should be here: sawdust on the floor, a list showing a range of drinks served during local events such as the unusual kalimutxo (red wine and coke) which can be ordered by the glass or jug. If La Marine is an excellent place for a party among friends, it is also possible to eat during the day inside or outside (if there is any room since the terrace is unfortunately very small).