Tapas in Bilbao are called by their Basque name, pintxos. Like their Spanish cousins, pintxos are small bites usually eaten as a pre-dinner snack with wine or beer.

The best tapas in Bilbao aren’t necessarily found in the restaurants that are written up in all of the Spain guidebooks. Rather, they are found in small restaurants and bars near the Plaza Nueva.

Although there are many great places to find tapas in Bilbao, the very best pintxos can be found at Lepanto and La Vina, two of the best tapas restaurants in Bilbao.

They are located just a few streets away from one another, so you can try both in one evening to compare their offerings.