These simple basic rules will help you not to screw up in a pintxo bar.

  1. Smoking inside bars is prohibited in the Basque Country. If you cannot resist a cigarette, wait until you finish your pintxo and your drink.
  2. Throw the napkins to the ground. This unpleasant habit is unfortunately still deeply rooted among local citizens, but you. It does not have to do like them. Most of the bars already have bins inside the establishment to throw their napkins, or you can also leave them on the same bar or on your plate, so that the waiter can pick it up.
  3. Some bars will offer you a large plate to fill it with a good handful of bar skewers. Actually, this is only done with tourists. Request the skewers one at a time and change the bar. It is the best way to discover the authentic atmosphere of pintxos in San Sebastián.
  4. Pay when you leave and be honest with what you have consumed. Some bars have acquired the habit of requesting payment when serving skewer or drink, but this form goes against the tradition of going skewers, which is that there is a relationship of honesty between client and barman in which the client, at the end of his consumption, declares to the waiter the skewers and drinks he has taken to make the account and pay.