Bilbao being one of Spain’s leading cities has lively night life that is facilitated by the existence of night bars, restaurants and clubs. The influence of this lively night life is also enhanced by the Spanish love to parting. The Basque people who are the inhabitants of the Bilbao region refer to night life as Spanish at your peril. In Bilbao night life, one can find almost everything from trendy late night music bars and clubs, ballets, world class operas to gay clubs. The Bilbao cuisine is considered to be one of the finest available in Spain and you can therefore start your night life by taking your evening meal at one of the city’s restaurants.
The major festivals held in Bilbao include the feast of Santa Aqueda, which is held at the Casco Viejo and the Aste Nagusia Semana Grande. The two festivals are held in February and August respectively. The Aste Nagusia Semana Grande is the biggest celebration held in the city and it comes with free dances, theatre performances, bull fighting and concerts. Teatro Arriaga, which is on the banks of Nervion river is the city’s premier cultural night and if you are looking for that cultural aspect during the night, this can be a splendid place to be in.
There are many music clubs and bars that stay open until around 4am including the Indautxu area where you will find clubs like the Cotton Club, which features live performances and the Oker club. Other popular night clubs include El Palladium found in Calle Iparraguirre, Disco Rock Star found in Gran Via and Disco Pub Crystal found in Calle Buenos Aires. Lively Calle Barrencalle is a gay clubs region and one of the prominent gay clubs there is the High club found in Calle Naja. Caos is another popular night life destination and bar Juantxu is also known for its tapas and beer. The Somera street is also one of the popular night spot that most young people meet to drink and eat and most of the bars and clubs in that part of Bilbao open during weekends as from 9 pm to around 3 am.