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Dinner and drinks in Bilbao:

Tonight we recommend eating dinner on bustling Diputación Street.

  • For an appetizer, start with a ham "pintxo" (Basque bar snack) (1.90€) in La Viña del Ensanche and a glass of Marqués de Riscal Reserva red wine (2.40€). If you want more ham, you can always complement it with some Croquetas Joselito (7€ for 8 ham croquettes).
  • Now head over to El Globo, one of the best tapas bars in Bilbao. The "pintxos" are displayed on the bar with a little sign indicating their name. Tell the waiter which ones you'd like and he'll heat them up for you. Highly recommended are their "pinchos de txangurro" (codfish au gratin), (1.60€), ham with Parmesan cheese (1.60€), and foie gras (2.30€). You have to order the foie directly, as it is not set out on the bar. If you prefer sitting down, you can also order by the plate. We recommend trying the "croquetas de chipirones" (small cuttlefish croquettes, 5€), the "revuelto de hongos" (mushrooms sautéed with egg, 6,80€), the "chistorra al txacoli" (spicy sausage, 3,60€), and the "pimientos rellenos de bacalao" (peppers stuffed with  codfish, 9€). Accompany with a glass of Rioja (1.80€).

If you're interested in an after-dinner drink, close by is La Antigua Cigarrería (Calle Astarloa 5), an emblematic establishment where they prepare the drinks as if they were jewels (9€). If you are in the mood for some nightlife atmosphere and a bit of dancing (weekends), try Azkena on the Calle Ibáñez de Bilbao 26 (close to Jardines de Albia).