San Sebastián Nightlife & bars

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San Sebastian: Pintxos and Wine Tour with 5 Tastings

1. San Sebastian: Pintxos and Wine Tour with 5 Tastings

Experience San Sebastian’s everyday life on this pintxos and wine tour and learn about the city's history, culture, and gastronomy. Taste the best pintxos (the Basque country's equivalent of tapas) and learn how to navigate the local food scene. Enjoy up to six food tastings paired with wine or cider. Meet your guide near the Good Shepherd of San Sebastian Cathedral and set out on your journey of exploration. Visit two of the city's most emblematic neighborhoods with stops at five hand-picked taverns serving unique house specialties. At each stop, sample traditional and modern pintxos including anchovies, local beef, seared local cod, and suckling pig. Each dish is washed down with your choice of local wine, cider, or non-alcoholic drink. With each food tour you book, a meal is donated to a person in need in San Sebastian.

San Sebastián: Guided Food Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

2. San Sebastián: Guided Food Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Immerse yourself in Basque culture as you sample pintxos and light drinks around San Sebastián. Learn how to eat pintxos like a native as you tour some of the best local spots. A Basque Gastrodictionary Txikiteo: An approximate definition of ‘txikiteo’ could be: going from bar to bar, eating a pintxo and drinking a glass of something (the usual is a low-alcohol beverage, not cocktails!) in each. The txikiteo is done standing up, in front of the bar full of pintxos and surrounded by people you don't know (but that you could end up meeting.) And this is precisely what you’ll do with us: pure txikiteo, flying from bar to bar, tasting the most renowned specialty of each in a genuinely Basque environment and surrounded by locals that, y’know, you don't know...but that you could end up meeting. Pintxo: A piece of miniature cuisine that started off as something simple (a portion of potato omelette, a slice of ham on bread...) and that the bars of the Basque Country improved upon over time, making it more complex in order to attract more customers. The story is exciting and there are as many versions as there are historians. On our tour you’ll get to know some of them, as well as many other curiosities about the cult of the stomach that exists in the Basque Country. Drinking: This is the other great religion (along with Eating) in the Basque Country. Wine and cider have been favorite drinks of the Basque people for the last five centuries, although beer has been prevailing in recent years. Did you know that in the 16th century, Basque sailors hardly suffered scurvy on long sea voyages, thanks to the cider they drank? Txakoli: Typically Basque dry and sparkling white wine whose grapes are grown in vineyards near the Cantabrian Sea. It is ideal to accompany fish dishes...or pintxos. Nothing more to add. Cider: Low-alcohol beverage obtained from fermented apple juice. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, it has only one danger: it is drunk as easily as water. Zurito: Short drink of beer (about 20-25 cl.) Ideal to accompany pintxos. The term ‘zurito’ is exclusive to the Basque Country. If you go to Madrid and ask for a 'zurito' no one will understand you (unless the bartender is Basque, of course). San Sebastián Cheesecake: If God were a cake, He would be a San Sebastián Cheesecake. Did you know that San Sebastián Cheesecake is global cheesecake royalty, right up there with New York Cheesecake? Did you know that, as a result of this success, the Thermomix kitchen robot includes the recipe for 'San Sebastián Cheesecake' in its programs? Okay. Today you’ll taste the authentic, the mother of everything, the origin, the Big Bang.

San Sebastián: Basque Craft Beer & Food Walking Tour

3. San Sebastián: Basque Craft Beer & Food Walking Tour

For some years now, beer making has been a powerful trend in San Sebastián. Learn about the city’s beer culture as you taste 10 or more local craft beers paired with local food. Walk to local bars and discover the best-kept secrets of the beer-making process. Start the evening out at one of the most unique spaces in San Sebastián that combines a Basque bar, modern restaurant, and brewery. Taste three different homemade beers and visit the closed-to-public elaboration area to learn insider secrets behind beer making. Next, stroll down the streets of the relaxed surfing district, Gros, to reach the next stop: a small, family-run bar that has been open for over thirty years. This is the only place in San Sebastián where you can try the best local and imported artisan beers and lambics. Sample recommendations are carefully chosen by Gorka, beer freak and the family-run bar’s proud owner. Enjoy your drinks alongside hot pintxo. Then, head to the third bar on the agenda. Though this bar is a new addition to the city’s craft beer scene, the initiative behind it dates back to 2014 when a couple of American expats decided to challenge Basque breweries with their West Coast style pales and India pale ales (IPAs). Discover one of the most recognizable Spanish breweries in the European craft community that was founded by Americans. Taste three of their flagship beers including pale ale, session IPA, and IPA. Continue along Zurriola Beach to round out your evening at the “sea and wind” flavored bar that has around 150 beers on their menu including the owner’s own brews. Enjoy this simple, minimalistic space that’s always filled with a hip clientele. Finish your tour with tasting four carefully selected beers paired with local selections of cheese and ham, a 100% Basque beef burger, and chocolate.

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