At night, the Old Town (Casco Viejo) remains a very popular meeting area, so don't be surprised if you find the places crowded. Most people meet to drink, usually Kalimotxo (Coke and red wine) and have some pintxos (tapas) for dinner, going from one bar to another.
Cafe Boulevard - The Cafe Boulevard is Bilbao's oldest cafe with a stylish art deco interior.
Contact details: Paseo del Arenal 3, Tel: 944 153 128
Cafe La Granja - Cafe La Granja is a pleasant bar to meet local people decorated with a French style.
Contact details: Plaza Circular 3, Tel: 944 230 813
The Iruna - The Iruna is a Moorish style bar dating back to 1903.
Contact details: Jardines de Albia, Tel: 944 237 021
The Wicklow Arms - The Wicklow Arms is the hang out of the English speaking expats in Bilbao and in particular in Wednesday and Friday.
Contact details: 30 Calle Rodriguez Arias 30, Tel: 944 425 148
The Lounge Bar - Following a busy day, the Lounge bar at the Holiday Inn Express Bilbao is the perfect place to relax, unwind or catch up with friends, family or work colleagues. The Lobby Bar offers a fantastic range of hot and cold drinks including wines, beers and soft drinks, as well as snacks. Open from 11am to midnight.