Tapas are one of the most popular options for eating in Bilbao, and the west bank is home to several of the city’s best-known pinchos bars, most of which are concentrated in Plaza Nueva. Gure Toki serves up a cuisine that is both traditional and creative. Their pinchos cost a little more than most, but they’re different from the pinchos you’ll find in other bars.
Taberna Plaza Nueva is a classic joint in the area. If you’re looking for a calamari tapa in Bilbao, this is the place to go. Xukela stands out for its quality and the ingredients they use to make their pinchos. They’re also known for their homemade vermouth. If you’re eating in the casco viejo of Bilbao, Xukela is a must.
Some other options are Negresco, which has a nice pinchos bar with classic dishes, and Café Bilbao, a hundred-year-old establishment with an extensive menu.