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Bilbao + Basque Country nightlife

Bars that serve pintxos (the Basque word for "tapas") are more than just great places to get an inexpensive meal—they're the center of this region's social life. Gathering with friends and hopping from one bar to another is the local nightlife tradition. Most pintxos bars have at least one house specialty or category, so you can sample one or two dishes at each location, accompanied by a caña (a glass of draft beer), a zurrito (a half-glass of beer), or a txikito (a small glass of wine). Those on a liquid diet will prefer the more intense practice known as a txikiteo—a pub crawl where the only thing ingested is alcohol. As many as 30 shots of wine can be downed in one outing (white txakoli in the afternoon, and red Rioja in the evening—there are some standards, after all).

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La Viña del Ensanche, Bilbao

This cavernous, grand old bar, where pata negra hams hang above dark-wood tables and benches, has been around since 1927. It still draws crowds after all these...more

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Xukela, Bilbao

Toss back a few cañas at this convivial Casco Viejo bar, which stays hopping late into the evening. There's an excellent selection of cheeses, which you...more

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