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Pintxos (tapas) route through Biscay photo

More than a tradition, ‘ir de pintxos’ is a way of life. In Biscay, as in the rest of the Basque Country, friends regularly get together to potear, in other words, go from bar to bar to drink a glass of wine or txakoli (a white wine grown in vineyards near the Basque coast) accompanied by one or two pintxos (tapas). In many places there are even special circuits of bars and prices one day a week (often on Thursday) called pintxo-pote.

It is a special way of enjoying our gastronomy informally, getting together with friends and chatting while tasting the specialities of each bar. This custom is so deep-rooted that you do not need to arrange to meet ‘la cuadrilla’ (your group of friends), you just turn up at the bars you usually go to, where you will find a great variety of pinxtos on the bar under Perspex covers.

The name ‘pintxo’ literally means ‘pricked portions’, i.e. you pick them up with a toothpick on a piece of bread. Nowadays, these succulent selections of pintxos include the traditional gilda (named after the character played by Rita Hayworth in the film of the same name), consisting of chilis, olives and anchovies, along with other more sophisticated auteur pintxos, authentic cuisine in miniature.

Here you will find the most representative bars and restaurants where you can enjoy this tradition.

Establishments


La Bakiense Restaurante

San Pelaioko Bidenagusia, 35 (Bakio)

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Eneperi Jatetxea

Barrio San Pelayo, 80 (Bakio)

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Itxas Ondo Bar

Zarrakoa, 9 (Bakio)

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Pintxo i blanco Bar

Martin Mendia, 5 (Balmaseda)

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Sikera Restaurante

Plaza Landaburu, 2 (Barakaldo)

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Mendi Bar

Zaballa, 6 (Barakaldo)

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El Horreo Bar

Zaballa, 7 (Barakaldo)

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Ibai Bide Bar

V. Berriochoa, 10 (Basauri)

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Tximintxe Bar

Basauri, 10 (Basauri)

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Akatz Bar

Lope Díaz de Haro, 11 (Bermeo)

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Kafe Loidxie Bar

Nardiz tar Benanzio, 11 (Bermeo)

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Oker Bar

Lope de Haro, 9 (Bermeo)

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La Olla

Diputación, 12 (Bilbao)

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Plaza Albia

Colón de Larreategui, 13 (Bilbao)

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Gatz Bar

Santa Maria, 10 (Bilbao)

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Plaza Gran Via

Gran Vía, 81 (Bilbao)

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Gastrobares mercado de La Ribera – Casa Loren

Gastroplaza en Mercado de la Ribera - Erribera Kalea (Bilbao)

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Colmado Ibérico Restaurante

Alameda Urquijo, 20 (Bilbao)

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Zuga bar

C/ Cueva Goikolau, s/n (Bilbao)

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Bermeo Restaurante

Ercilla, 37-39 (Bilbao)

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Plaza Euskadi

Plaza Euskadi, 3 (Bilbao)

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Bilbao Berria Restaurante

Ledesma, 26 (Bilbao)

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Victor Restaurante

Plaza Nueva, 2 (Bilbao)

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El Informal

María Díaz de Haro, 7 (Bilbao)

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Aitxiar Restaurante

María Muñoz, 8 (Bilbao)

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Monty Bar

Heros, 16 (Bilbao)

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Ekain bar

Plaza Nueva, 12 (Bilbao)

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Okela Bar

Maestro García Rivero, 8 (Bilbao)

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Kapikua bar (Plaza Euskadi)

Plaza Euskadi, 1 (Bilbao)

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Artajo Bar

Ledesma 7 (Bilbao)

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Al Lío Bilbao

García Ribero, 9 (Bilbao)

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Gure Toki Bar

Antonio Epalza, 2 (Etxebarri)

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Markina Restaurante

Henao, 31 (Bilbao)

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Indusi Asador

Maestro García Rivero, 17 (Bilbao)

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Berri Iparragirre Restaurante

c/ Iparraguirre, 4 (Bilbao)

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La Parada de Bilbao Restaurante

Plaza Circular, 2 (Bilbao)

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Toma y Daka

Plaza Nueva, 1 (Bilbao)

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Plaza Nueva taberna

Plaza Nueva, 9 (Bilbao)

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La Roca Bar

Ercilla, 1 (Bilbao)

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Lurrina Restaurante

Barrenkale Barrena, 16 (Bilbao)

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Luzea Bar

Maestro García Rivero, 8 (Bilbao)

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Amaren restaurante

C/ Diputación, 1 (Bilbao)

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Iruña

Jardines de Albia (Bilbao)

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Ledesma Nº 5

Músico Ledesma, 5 (Bilbao)

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Charly Bar

Plaza Nueva, 8 (Bilbao)

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Zurekin Restaurante

Diputación, 8 (Bilbao)

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Marakay Campuzano Bar

Plaza Campuzano, 4 (Bilbao)

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Brass Bar

C/ Licenciado Poza, 27 (Bilbao)

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La Viña del Ensanche Bar

Diputación, 10 (Bilbao)

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La Capi Gourmet

Plaza Juan José Mendizabal, 1 (Santurtzi)

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Uribe Kosta – Casa de Marinos Restaurante

Erribera, 13 (Plentzia)

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Txurrua Bar

El Puerto, 1 (Plentzia)

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Cantábrico Bar

Antiguako Ama, 7 (Ondarroa)

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Haritza gastro-café

Aritz bidea s/n - Centro comercial Alcampo (Mungia)

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Itxas Bide Taberna

Muelle de Ereaga, 42 (Getxo)

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Migaea Restaurante

Avda. de Algorta, 12 (Getxo)

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Atrio Bar

Zalama, 2 (Las Arenas) (Getxo)

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Plaza Areeta

c/ Mayor, 18 Las Arenas (Getxo)

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Odei Bar

Paulino Mendibil, 12 (Las Arenas) (Getxo)

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Batzoki Taberna Algorta

Algortako Etorbidea, 104 (Getxo)

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Oku Lounge

c/ Andrés Larrazabal, 5 (Getxo)

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Arrantzale

Portu Zaharra, 3 (Puerto Viejo) (Getxo)

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Auzokoa Bar

Picasso, 5 (Gernika-Lumo)

Bars and cafés | Night life

Etxarte Bar

Barrencalle, 6 (Gernika-Lumo)

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Bake Eder Bar

Pablo Picasso, 11 (Gernika-Lumo)

Bars and cafés | Night life

Beer Station Bar

Probaleku, 8 (Ermua)

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Kobika Restaurante

San Ignacio, 8 (Durango)

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Kapikua bar (Casco Viejo)

c/ Correo, 12 (Bilbao)

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Green Bistrot Bar

Juan de Ajuriaguerra, 13 (Bilbao)

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Santa María Bar

Santa María, 18 (Bilbao)

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Lepanto Restaurante

Plaza Eguileor, 2 (Bilbao)

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Beraia Restaurante

Alameda Recalde, 20 (Bilbao)

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Bilbao Café Bar

Plaza Nueva, 6 (Bilbao)

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La Olla de la Plaza Nueva Restaurante

Plaza Nueva, 2 (Bilbao)

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The Dreams Café

Alameda Urquijo, 6 (Bilbao)

Bars and cafés | Night life

Plaza Campuzano

Gregorio de la Revilla, 5 (Bilbao)

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Lasa Restaurante

Diputación, 3 (Bilbao)

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Lago Café (Casco Viejo)

Correo, 13 (Bilbao)

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Iturriza taberna

Plaza Nueva, 5 (Bilbao)

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Parra Bar

Herriko Plaza, 2 (Elorrio)

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Mendiola Jatetxea

Erdikokale kalea, 19 (Ermua)

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