Best Pintxo Bars & Restaurants in Bilbao, Spain


Our Pintxo Bar & Restaurant Guide

High quality food in the Basque Country is the status quo and Bilbao is no different, offering a large selection of bars and restaurants to choose from. The largest concentration of bars serving pintxos can be found in the old town, although there are also a lot of them in the Abando and Indautxu neighborhoods.

Txikiteo in Bilbao

The txikiteo is similar to a pub crawl, except instead of the focus being solely on drinking, delicious pintxos are thrown into the mix. The idea is to go to one bar after the next sampling pintxos and having something to drink. This is usually done by groups of friends and is most popular on Friday and Saturday nights.


Top Pintxo Bars in Bilbao

Pintxos at bar Irrintzi in Bilbao's old town, Spain
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Pintxos at Irrintzi
Interior of the Café Iruña in Bilbao, Spain
Interior of the Café Iruña

Bar El Globo – Located right next to the Gran Via and the Biscay Delegation Foral Palace, the bar el Globo is very popular among locals. It is especially famous for its pintxos, which have won several contests. Address: Diputación 8

Bar Gure Toki – Another traditional bar in town, this time located in the heart of Bilbao’s old town, at its Plaza Nueva. The bar Gure Toki is also famous for its pintxos, winners of many awards. Address: Plaza Nueva 12

Irrintzi Pintxos & Friends – Located in one of the busiest streets of the old town, Irrintxi Pintxos & Friends offers, in its own words, small treasures displayed at the counter in an unbeatable atmosphere. Address: Santa María 8

Bar Restaurant Eme – The Bar Restaurante Eme is very popular in town because of its sandwiches, called “triángulos” (triangles) of home-made bread featuring their characteristic red sauce, family secret. Address: General Concha 5

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Top Restaurants in Bilbao

Revuelto de Hongos at Restaurant Agape - Bilbao, Spain
Revuelto de Hongos at Restaurant Agape
Restaurant Agape - Bilbao, Spain
Restaurant Agape

Restaurant Agape – Using fresh local ingredients that are in season, Agape uses both simplicity and the knowledge inherited from mothers and grandmothers to offer some great food. Menú del día (“set daily menu”): 11,80 € from Monday to Friday, 18,80 € on Saturday. Address: Calle Hernani 13

Restaurant Eneko Bilbao – Located at the top of the Euskalduna Palace, the young Eneko Atxa team wants to show the essence of Biscayan cuisine in an elegant and innovative way. They offer two set menus at 69 € and 98 € (taxes included). Address: Avenida Abandoibarra 4

Restaurant Mina – Located right next to the river and in front of the Ribera Market, they practice what they call “market cuisine,” which depends on the market, the season and the flavor. The 25 guests limit assures that they always take care of every detail with devotion. They offer several set menus between 74 € and 115 € (taxes included). Address: Muelle Marzana s/n

Restaurant Atelier Etxanobe – This one Michelin star restaurant offers a mixture of traditional and creative cuisine, food that always surprises and pleases. They offer several set menus between 110 € and 190 €. Address: Calle Juan Ajuriaguerra 8

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