Living and acting as a "local" is a very exciting attitude when traveling. If you go to a pintxos and tapas bar for the first time, the following basic rules will help you to behave like a "native" of San Sebastian.

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The secret to enjoy a great experience is:

    • Choose the right places.
    • Order the right pintxos at the right place. A kind of pintxo may differ much from one place to another.
    • Don't concentrate your meal in just one place. Move from bar to bar. Enjoy the diversity!
    • Be updated. Don't base your pintxo tour in "old" reviews and blogs of bars and pintxos. Bars and chefs change a lot, and may be up one season, and down the next!

Going pintxos by yourself:

  1. First, locate your space in a generally full bar, where you can be with your companions. Especially, look for a place where you can deposit your drink in case you need both hands to eat your pintxo.
  2. Look at the pintxos on the menu, as well as those on the bar, to make your choice. Start with one or two pintxos, no more. You may order for more if you were satisfied.
  3. Ask the waiter for the warm pintxos, even though there may be some of them on the bar. This will make sure you to eat them hot.
  4. While you wait for the warm pintxos to be served, you can take some cold pintxos from the bar counter. Help yourself, with your hands. Pick up a napkin or ask for a dish from the waiter (a large plate is not necessary in this case).
  5. After eating one or two pintxos and having drunk their drink, most donostiarras will change to another. They will request the waiter for "the bill", at the same time they tell him what they ate and drank. Doing like this will show the waiter that you understand the culture of pintxos! 
  6. Be honest by listing your drinks. Most people do it, especially if they do not want to feel embarrassed, because many waiters monitor and write down what customers are consuming.
  7. Try to use expressions in Spanish or Basque. You can say "Eskerrik asko", "Mila esker" or "Gracias", to say thank you. "Agur" or "Adiós" are the most common forms in Basque and Spanish to say goodbye.