The Long Night in San Sebastián
Collected by Marti Kilpatrick, AFAR Local Expert
In a city where dinnertime ends around midnight, get ready to relax, let go, and dance. Not staying out until daybreak means you went home early.
Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 48, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Cote, apart from dishing up delicious gin-tonics and (gasp!) frozen daiquiris, is one of those spots to see and be seen. There's always ambience, even midweek, and the bartenders are friendly. And I'm not just saying that because of their habit of...
Kontxa Pasealekua, 12, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Bataplan is San Sebastián's best example of the classic, European, sweaty, house-music-filled disco. It is the iconic disco of the city, the one that you can bet every single San Sebastiánite has passed through at least once in their life....
Salamanca Pasealekua, 3, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Be Bop is a staple in the San Sebastián night scene. If you are with a diverse group and uncertain how to reconcile their tastes, take them to Be Bop. Be Bop plays a wide range of music, from Michael Jackson to The Band to Bruno Mars. Drinks are...
Boulevard Zumardia, 27, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
If you're looking for a late-night, early morning scene and Bataplan doesn't seem to do it for you, Friends Disco in the middle of town could be your pick. Usually bumping from early (1am) to even earlier (6am), Friends plays tasteful Top 40 and...
Erregina Erregeordea kalea, 2, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Where can I see live music? This question comes up a lot with visitors, and the answer is, not many places. Altxerri Jazz Club, underneath Altxerri Galeria, is one of the only spots in town that has consistent (and consistently decent) live music...
Argentinar Errepublika, 2, 20004 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Victoria Eugenia is a double-edged sword. A beautiful, red-velvet-swathed theater occupies the aboveground section of this building. Offerings feature biggish names in music, Broadway adaptations, and classical performances. Meanwhile, after...
Av de Zurriola, 16, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
If Cheers were set in Basque Country and crossed with Portlandia, the resulting bar would be Ondarra. A simple café bar by day, the bottom opens by night for all manner of interesting events. The small space hosts jam sessions, concerts, poetry...
Reyes Catolicos Kalea, 20006 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
No one is the wrong age for Reyes. This pedestrian street, which stretches south from the cathedral, is lined with bars. They range from classic pintxo spots to a craft beer pub to late-night drinking holes. Perfect for anyone, at any time of day....
Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 8, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
In San Sebastián nightlife, there is an awkward stretch between 12:30am and 2am in which the discos are empty and the pintxo bars are closed. You will find everyone, even locals of an older persuasion, in one of the many 'in-between' bars in the...
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