5 hottest bars in Bilbao
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Live and loud
Boasting a quirky setting in a refurbished old theatre, Kafe Antzokia is one of the city’s coolest live music venues, where local and international artists and groups rock up to show off their talents. Popular DJs turn the place into a nightclub at the weekends, when the vibrant crowd party until late, making the most of every corner of this multi-purpose building. Dance and drink the night away with Bilbao’s party people in this vibrant venue.
San Vicente 2, Bilbao
Tel: 34 944 244 625 www.kafeantzokia.com
Bilbao’s little beauty
One of the greatest attractions of Café Iruna is its history. Established in 1903, it boasts beautifully painted ceilings and walls, and authentic Andalucian décor. With a stunning setting opposite Los Jardines de Albia, the bar has two separate areas – an elegant corner near the dining room, and an older, more traditionally Spanish side with its marble counters and offers of pintxos. A famous city landmark, this is one Bilbao bar not to be missed.
Calle Colón de Larreátegui, Bilbao
Tel: 34 944 237 021 www.cafesdebilbao.net
Tel: 34 944 459 295 www.salarockstar.com
Sala Rock Star
Fun and fabulous
From cultural performances to disco dancing for divas, Sala Rock Star has it all. Located conveniently close to the Guggenheim Museum, it offers decadence in spades. Hang out in front of the video wall and sip your favourite cocktail, dance to the heavy beats on Eighties Night or during a Caribbean party, or simply admire the unusual zebra-skin décor. A kitsch and cool night out in the centre of Bilbao.
Gran via 89, Bilbao
The Cotton Club
Into the groove
The atmospheric Cotton Club has been a major part of Bilbao’s nightlife for more than 20 years, hosting some of the coolest jazz and blues bands in moody, tastefully decorated surroundings. A favourite among locals (who flock here for the huge gin and tonics as much as the mass of live music), it also plays home to some of the city’s best-loved DJs, staying open until 6.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Gregorio de la Revilla 25, Bilbao
Tel: 34 944 104 951 www.cottonclubbilbao.es
Tel: 34 944 732 089 www.irrintzi.es
Eclectic and entertaining
Traditional, popular and often bustling with revellers, Irrintzi is a pintxo tavern bar attracting Bilbao’s young, arty types. With a great location in the Old Town, it serves generous portions of pintxos as well as reasonably priced wines by the glass, ciders and beers. The atmosphere is sociable and friendly, making it the perfect place to hang out with the locals and enjoy a taste of typical Basque nightlife until the early hours.
Irrintzi, Camino Ibarsusi, 19 (Pol Ind Bolueta), 48014 Bilbao