The coastal Basque city of San Sebastián is better known for its culinary scene than its musical one, yet that doesn’t mean that it’s not home to some great live music venues, showcasing everything from rock to jazz and Latin. Here are the best places to check out on your next visit.
One of the most popular and oldest nightlife venues in San Sebastián, Le Bukowski has a vibrant atmosphere and hosts DJs, as well as concerts by up-and-coming bands. Whatever type of music you’re into, they’re bound to play it here, from rock and funk to soul and electronica. There’s a bar and a large dance floor – perfect for boogieing the night away.
Le Bukowski, Calle de Egia, 18, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 32 11 42
Altxerri Bar & Jazz
Altxerri lies at the heart of the Basque jazz scene and has been around for more than 20 years. An underground, dimly lit basement-style jazz club, it plays host to both international and local artists, and has been influential in shaping Basque jazz talent.
Altxerri Bar & Jazz, Calle de la Reina Regente, 2, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 42 16 93
Etxekalte Jazz Club
Etxekalte is the place for those who want to stay out late – or early in the morning – staying open until 4am on weekdays and 5am on Fridays and Saturdays. Upstairs you’ll find a plush bar where you can enjoy anything from cocktails to coffee. Downstairs, however, is home to a dimly lit, often packed club with live music from bands or resident DJs.
Etxekalte Jazz Club, Calle de Mari, 11, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 42 69 25
The Donostiako Kafe Antzokia, or San Sebastián Cafe Theatre, is both a cultural centre and a happening nightlife venue. The centre was created by a group of eight friends, all locals from San Sebastián, who wanted to create an alternative artistic space in the city. Today, it showcases everything from theatre to Basque-language events, poetry readings and, of course, concerts. On the weekends, it turns into a lively club.
DOKA, Erregezaintza Kalea, 20, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain, +34 943 22 46 01
There’s no better place for rock fans in San Sebastián than Eiger Edaritegia – a small hangout decorated with old music posters, and offering good tunes and good beer. Besides the hard rock concerts and electric guitar jams, it also hosts local DJs.
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