Look up the most popular pintxo bars in San Sebastian and chances are that Bar Sport will be amongst them. Every night we headed past this place it was heaving. Some of the most popular pintxos in the city? Quite possibly.
As premium mealtimes mean that the chances of getting anywhere near the bar are slim at best, we decided to head to Bar Sport just before lunch. Around 11am is the perfect time to grab some mid-morning pintxos – and the bar was stacked!
The menus are handily placed on the tables. Translations are available in English and French if your Basque isn’t up to much. Many tempting treats were leaping out from the list but we settled on three pintxos – Foie Gras, Chorizo and Bacon and Pigs Trotters with Mushrooms.
Ordering in Bar Sport is pretty straightforward, especially as the staff do speak very good English. Once the order goes in, they ask for your name – Starbucks style. Once your order is ready, they will shout you up to the bar to collect. Easy.
First up, the chorizo and bacon sandwich. Maybe not quite as majestic as a Borough Market special from Brindisa, but delicious all the same. Perfect hangover food from a night of Txakoli overindulgence perhaps.
Foie gras isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but being so close to the French border, you can see why it’s so popular. This pintxo was a perfect size and correctly seasoned. The liver just dissolves in the mouth with a rich, intense flavour. This could be the best foie in the city.
Last up, the trotters. The meat appeared encased in a fried disc along with mushroom puree and a herb oil, very interesting. The texture was slightly slimy and fatty, which you kind of expect from trotters. The flavour though is where it’s at. Pork and mushrooms – oh and that puree! Wow! This was a good decision.
It’s amazing how quickly pintxos can fill you up. Don’t be deceived by these small bites on sticks – they really are rich! We finished up and went to the bar to collect the bill. For a price of €11.80 (£10.54) this was an absolute steal.
Where in the world can you eat like a king and pay peanuts for it? Well, here in San Sebastian you most certainly can. I dread to think what i’ve paid in London for foie gras and pigs trotters down the years when it’s so much cheaper right here in The Basque Country.
Bar Sport is, quite rightly, a very popular option for both locals and tourists. The pintxos on the bar are both tempting and delicious but if you can, go for the hot pintxos fresh out of the kitchen. Just remember, arrive early…..
Opening Times: Daily 0900 – 0100 (0130 on weekends)
Nearest Train Station: San Sebastian (Donostia)