Favourite bars #1: Sorginzulo, Plaza Nueva, Bilbao

Favourite bars #1: Sorginzulo, Plaza Nueva, Bilbao

delicious food and drink at Sorginzulo, Bilbao pintxos crianza rioja

Sorginzulo is one of our go-to bars on our many visits to Bilbao. This will be a fairly short post as there is only so much you can say about a bar the size of your front room and pictures do really say a thousand words.

What makes Sorginzulo so special? It occupies a corner of the wonderful Plaza Nueva in Casco Viejo or Old Town. Similar to Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, this porticoed square is home to some 23 bars – others will undoubtedly feature in future posts.
Sorginzulo is certainly a feast for the eyes and the palette. The care that is taken in preparing and presenting the wide variety of pintxos on offer is self-evident. My personal favourite (so far) is a small and spicy sausage roll, topped with a runny fried quail’s egg. Even the basic crianza is as smooth as silk and the wine list is substantial and like most places in Bilbao, very reasonably priced.
delicious food and drink at Sorginzulo, Bilbao pintxos crianza rioja
The mix of bare walls and large mirrors give the place a funky look and feel. In addition to the couple of high tables in the bar, there are benches and barrels just out of the doors and a fairly large seating area out in the square with waiter service.
The staff are always friendly and efficient with many of them popping in for a quick drink on their days off. They are fiercely proud of their bar, their square and their city. This was in evidence on our visit in August 2016. A roguish chap on a skateboard had disturbed an older couple wandering the square outside and was giving them a little abuse – the first time I’ve seen anything like this in a dozen visits. Quick as a flash, two of the male bar staff appeared in the square, chests pumped out, ready for action. Such was the speed of their arrival I can only imagine that they had vaulted the bar whilst leaving the impressive culinary display intact.
delicious food and drink at Sorginzulo, Bilbao pintxos crianza rioja
Basque and Athletic Club flags hang proudly above the doors and Sorginzulo’s icon, a frog or lizard of some type, is projected high onto the wall outside.
For me, that’s what makes Sorginzulo so special – the passion. They love to shout about what they do and are very active on Facebook and Instagram, always looking to chat with customers and friends.
We’re off there again at the end of November and can’t wait to sample their newly opened offshoot in the Santutxu area of the city.
Txiki Stu
delicious food and drink at Sorginzulo, Bilbao pintxos crianza rioja

 

delicious food and drink at Sorginzulo, Bilbao pintxos crianza rioja

 

delicious food and drink at Sorginzulo, Bilbao pintxos crianza rioja

 

delicious food and drink at Sorginzulo, Bilbao pintxos crianza rioja

 

 

delicious food and drink at Sorginzulo, Bilbao pintxos crianza rioja

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