Parte Vieja is home to some of the city’s favourite nightspots, as well as being the location of a great selection of San Sebastian’s top pintxos bars.
Here you’ll find lively bars with young crowds like those who head to Mendaur. You’ll also come across places like Be Bop, a chic jazz joint. In other areas of the city you’ll find funky little bars like Dylan on C/ San Martin among many others.
If you’re not looking to party, another great way to spend the evening in San Sebastian is to wander along the beautifully lit promenade along Playa de La Concha.
To experience San Sebastian’s cultural side, you could check out a performance at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre.
Paseo de Salamanca, Parte Vieja, San Sebastian, Spain
Dark and inviting, this cool bar entices its crowd with a mix of loud jazz and Latin music. There aren’t that many tables inside but there’s plenty of floor space if you feel the urge to salsa. Cocktails are particularly popular, with a large variety available at prices that won’t break the bank.
Open daily 4pm-4.30am.
C/ San Martin 68, Amara Viejo, San Sebastian, Spain
This funky little place is a top spot to chill out with a drink or two while listening to the chatter of the locals and the awesome mix of rock and Spanish music. A lived-in bar, it’s popular with a younger crowd who come to lounge on the comfy couches or sit at the bar which sports a huge collection of spirits bottles used to make a wide selection of great value drinks.
Open daily 7pm-2am.
Fermin Calbeton 8, Parte Vieja, San Sebastian, Spain
Popular with a young crowd, a mix of local students and backpacking visitors, Mendaur is a busy bar where the crowd can sometimes be seen spilling out into the narrow street outside. Dark but with a penchant for blue lights, the music here is in of loud and danceable variety. Happy hour lasts from 9pm-11am, with great value on beers, spirits and cocktails.
Open winter Sun-Thurs 5pm-2am Fri-Sat 5pm-3am, summer Sun-Thurs 5pm-2.30am Fri-Sat 5pm-3.30pm; WiFi available.
Plaza de la Constitución 9, Parte Vieja, San Sebastian, Spain
Though this bar does has some seating inside, the real action is out at the tables spilling onto Plaza de la Constitución. These tables are filled from morning ‘til night with a happy mix of chattering patrons there to enjoy a beer, cocktail or glass of wine. For a real kick try the ‘Carajillo’, a special Spanish hot drink mixing coffee with brandy or rum.
Open daily 11.30am-1am.