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.
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.
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.
Dabadaba is a popular dive bar and concert venue. This hidden gem is a local favorite and is off the tourist radar. This affable space is a nice spot to enjoy your drinks and cool tunes by touring domestic and international musicians. Some of the previous listings are The Drones, Thee Blind Crows, Blank Realm, La Luz and Microcosmos.
Le Bukowski Musika Kluba not only offers great music for the ears, but also provides a visual treat. As you step foot in Bukowski, opulence greets you; as you move in, a gorgeously designed Dining Room and bar awaits you. You sip the most intricately blended cocktail, while treating your ears to the best of music. More popular as a music club, Bukowski's concert nights are to watch out for. Rock lovers can have a ball while others can swing to the beats of in-house DJs. Clubbing at San Sebastian remains incomplete without a night at Bukowski Musika Kluba.
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.
Etxekalte Jazz Club is a legend of San Sebastian nightlife. It occupies two floors and there is different music played on each one, each with different atmospheres. The upstairs is a pub with pleasant music, while the downstairs is a club. The upstairs area is brightly lit and sensual music plays so that it is possible to talk quietly at the tables. The clientele are thirty-somethings and arty. The downstairs, very dark, is for fans of trance and house music. Famous international and local DJs such as Javi Pez preside over the sounds. The clientele are mostly in their twenties. The professionally prepared cocktails are recommended, like the "quemadito," which is made from milk, rum, cinnamon and coffee.
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).