Like most aspects of San Sebastian, our bar scene can satisfy both sides of the spectrum. Whether you're interested in pinxto-bar hopping to sample the cities excellent food and wines (not without our 'Pinxto Map' we hope!) or you want to dance until 8AM under the bright, electronic lights of a massive beachside nightclub, San Sebastian will deliver.
A night of partying typically starts in 'La Parte Vieja', The Old Part, which is a maze of bars, clubs, pubs to suit any taste. Meet with friends between 10 and 11 to enjoy some pinxtos (typical Basque food), and have a few copas (beer, wine, a strong mixed drink, or the famous Basque cider).
When the eating has wrapped up, pop into one of the many clubs in Parte Vieja for some more 'copas'. Here you can party the night away, dancing to the latest music or some Spanish classics until around 3:30 in the morning when The Old Part shuts down so the residents can actually get some sleep! However, you die-hard partygoers shouldn't fret just yet, just because Parte Vieja's bars close doesn't mean it's time to go home, right?
Illumbe is the biggest after-hours zone in San Sebastian with dozens of clubs staying open until 6 or 7 in the morning. Here there is typically no cover fee (a relief in Spain!) meaning that you can go from club to club to see which ones best suit you. Illumbe is about a 15 or 20 minute walk from The Old Part or a 5€ cab ride (tip - or a 1.20€ bus!). For those who don't want to make the trip to Illumbe, San Sebastian's most famous club, Bataplan, is a mere 5 minute walk from The Old Part.
Busca-plan to the regulars, this beautiful club can fit almost 1.000 people at capacity and has a stunning terrace that stretches onto La Concha Beach, allowing for an incredible clubbing experience. Entrance is free during the week and 12€ with a copa on weekends. For those interested in a more alternative scene, the dozen or so bars around the Buen Pastor Cathedral, located next to The Old Part provide a more relaxed ambience with quality lounge music and nicely decorated interiors.
El Barrio Gros, located on the other side of the Urumea River, a 5 minute walk from the Old Part features a diverse nightlife with everything from Irish Pubs to Retro bars. For a more complete club listing, please see www.sansebastianturismo.com