San Sebastian’s Hidden Bars: Discover These Hidden Gems

San Sebastian, with its picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture, is home to plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered! 

And amongst them are a number of bars that people usually miss on a visit to the city. 

From breathtaking views to intimate settings and charming atmospheres, these bars leave a lasting impression on locals and visitors alike! 

In this article, I’ll reveal some of the spots where you can unwind, savour, try new Basque drinks, and soak in the beauty of this stunning coastal city. 

Hidden bars to explore in San Sebastian

After a few years of living in the city, I’d recommend the below as some of my favourite bars. In some cases they are slightly off the beaten and require a bit of effort to reach, but are well worth it!

If you’re just generally after some of the best areas for bars in the city, check out our guide here instead.

1. Txiringuito Sagües

Txiringuito Sagües on the Zurriola beach in San Sebastian

One of my favourite spots in summer is this beach bar set up on the Zurriola beach

This hidden gem only opens from June to September at the far east end of the beach near  Sagües.

It offers music and drinks in a magical setting with stunning views of the beach. It’s an ideal spot to relax with a drink and catch up with friends after surfing in Zurriola. 

If you’re here during the summer, don’t miss out on this unique experience!

2. El Polvorín

HIdden a the top of Monte Urgull is one of Donostia’s best secret spots – El Polvorin.

It’s only open when the weather is good. A tell-tale sign that it’s open are the white umbrellas that you can just make out to the left of the Cristo de la Mota statue looking up from La Concha. 

From the early afternoon, there’s usually a really good atmosphere up here. 

The bar has an open-air terrace. It’s an epic place to take in the sun and enjoy the views of Santa Clara Island and La Concha bay. 

And if you get lucky, you may even find that there’s some live music on. If that is the case, you’ll probably not want to leave!

3. Convent Garden

Convent Garden bar in San Sebastian

Although Convent Garden is located right in the centre of the city (just a couple of minutes walk from the Buen Pastor Cathedral and La Concha beach) it’s somehow hidden. 

It forms part of one of the best hostels in San Sebastian (A Room in the City). And with it brings a young, international vibe. 

The bar is completely outdoors, with a retractable toldo (roof) meaning they can keep it covered or open to the sun’s rays should they wish. 

4. Akerbeltz

AKER drink&music&terrace bar San Sebastian
Image from AKER drink&music&terrace Faecbook

“Hidden” in the corner of the Old Town facing the port of San Sebastian, Akerbeltz is a bit of a local’s secret. 

The big terrace with unrivalled views over the port and Bay of La Concha is this bar’s big attraction. 

The international craft beer on offer isn’t too bad either! They have a number of beers on tap, with plenty more options in the fridges too. 

On a nice summer’s day, the bar is buzzing as it’s a bit of a sun trap. 

5. Chiringuito de la isla Santa Clara

Chiringuito de la isla Santa Clara

Whilst reaching EL Polvín requires a hike up Monte Urgull, the Santa Clara Chiringuito is arguably harder to reach!

That’s because it requires taking the boat out from the port of San Sebastian. Or you can swim your way over if you fancy it!

But once you reach the island, it’ll be worth it! 

The views of San Sebastian from Santa Clara Island are some of the best the city has to offer!

And you can take them in at the chiringuito with a cold beer and a bite to eat from the snack bar menu. 

6. Wimbledon Pub

Wimbledon Pub at Tenis Ondarreta

Although it’s just a few metres from Chillida’s Peine del Viento, the Wimbledon Pub at Real Club de Tenis de San Sebastián is frequently missed by most!

The club has one of the most privileged spots in San Sebastian, right on the front of Ondarreta Beach!

And whilst you need to be a member to play tennis on the courts, anyone can visit the Wimbledon Pub. 

It’s an English/Irish style pub with a big terrace and plenty of space for a coffee or drink outdoors. 

Here, you can enjoy everything from appetisers, lunches, dinners, and late-night drinks in a cosy atmosphere.