Borriquita de Belém, as a member of Santiago de Compostela’s Old Town Cultural Association, hosts many live bands throughout the year. Pictures of jazz legends like John Coltrane hang on the wall, this is a jazz joint, but reggae, flamenco, blues, and rock can also be heard within. Cocktails, whiskey, rum, and wine from the barrel are served to keep the party flowing. ‘The Little Donkey of Bethlehem’ also has outside seating on one of the city’s picturesque streets.
Address & telephone number: 22 Rúa de San Paio de Antealtares, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, +34 653 47 15 51
Santiago de Compostela’s premier jazz club, Dado Dadá, has been operating since 1980. They are the self-styled pioneers of jazz in Galicia, and they have the pedigree to prove it: aside from running their own record label, the club has also played host to Barry Harris and Javier Krahe over the years, while Pedro Iturralde once recorded an album here. As well as jazz, Dado Dadá frequently opens its doors to blues, flamenco, folk, and classical musicians. Magic shows, lectures, and film screenings are also held here at times.
Address & telephone number: 19 Rúa de Alfredo Brañas, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, +34 636 75 33 74
The hub of Santiago de Compostela’s Galician folk music scene is Casa das Crechas, located in the heart of the city’s Old Town. Artists from across the world have visited the venue, including Irish piper Davy Spillane, Chilean singer-songwriter Pascuala Ilabaca, and Portuguese folk singer Antonio Zambujo. Add some more international flavor when listening to the latest musician by sampling a Zanfonha Fukishima, a cocktail made up of the Japanese liquor Midori, lime juice, melon syrup, and a beer finish.
Address & telephone number: 3 Vía Sacra, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, +34 981 57 61 08