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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  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 skewer.
  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 ... and you will ask again if you were satisfied.
  3. Ask the waiter for the hot skewers, even though there may be some of them on the bar. He will make sure to eat them hot.
  4. While you wait for the hot skewers to be served, you can take some cold pintxo from the bar. Do it yourself same, with your hands. You can help yourself with a napkin. However, if you feel safer, 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 bars. Ask the waiter for "the bill" and tell him what they ate and drank. This will show the waiter that you. He knows how to behave like a native!
  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", as thanks. "Agur" or "Adiós" are the most common forms in Basque and Spanish to say goodbye.