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Corto Maltés, Bilbao

20 Calle María Díaz de Haro
Tel: 34 94 4275137's insider take:

A cozy sliver of a bar, with a faintly nautical decor and a sound system piping in rock hits from the '70s and '80s, Corto Maltés packs in a diverse crowd (twenty- and thirtysomethings on the weekends, and the over-40 set on weeknights). The real reason to go is for the Champagne and excellent cocktails prepared by the friendly staff. The mixed-drink choices aren't especially inventive—gin and tonics, cuba libres, etc.—but they use high-quality spirits and freshly squeezed juices.

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