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Santiago de Compostela Nightlife

Santiago de Compostela is a university city and while the nightlife scene is dominated by the student population, there are plenty of characterful bars and live music venues to suit many a taste. Most of the action takes place in the rectangle defined by Rúa de Santiago de Chile and Rúa de San Pedro de Mezonzo, which are full of raucous bars swarming with students during term time. But it's along the Rúa do Franco that the highest concentration of bars and eateries can be found. Rúa Nova de Abaixo is also very popular.

Tickets to cultural and live music events are often available direct from the venue. Event listings can be found in the El Compostelán and Santiago 7 Días publications, available in bars and cafés and from the tourist office.

Bars in Santiago de Compostela

Bar 46

This super-atmospheric place oozes authenticity, with a lively and friendly Galician ambience. The tapas served here are excellent, but add to that the low price and central location and you have yourself a rarity.

Address: , Rúa do Franco, 46, Santiago de Compostela,
Telephone: +34 981 561 322.

Fuco Lois

Fuco Lois is a rustic pub with fantastic decor, an antique ambience and a young student clientele. Live music events take place regularly with a leaning towards classic rock. The service is great, as are the drinks.

Address: , Rúa de Xelmírez, 25, Santiago de Compostela,
Telephone: +34 981 578 085.

Modus Vivendi

Open until late, Modus Vivendi takes the soul of American music of the 60s and 70s and adds a splash of Galician colour to create of the most popular pubs in the Old Town. Supposedly the first pub in Galician history, it was once a horse stables. There's a range of other events and photography or art exhibitions here too, making this a diverse spot both historically and culturally.

Address: , Praza de Feixoo, 1, Santiago de Compostela,
Telephone: +34 981 576 109.

Clubs in Santiago de Compostela

Discoteca Blaster

A popular one with the university crowd, Blaster frequently hosts modern pop and rock nights into the small hours of the morning with reasonable entry costs. The dance floor particularly starts to fill up after three in the morning when many of the bars in the Old Town close.

Address: , Rúa de República Arxentina, 6 Bajo, Santiago de Compostela,
Telephone: +34 699 423 314.

Discoteca Ruta

Half pub, half disco and all energy, Discoteca Ruta can be found five minutes from the Plaza de Galicia. Of the slim pickings with regards nightclubs in the city, Disco Ruta is by far one of the most popular in Santiago de Compostela.

Address: , Rúa de Curros Enríquez, 3, Santiago de Compostela,
Telephone: +34 654 201 041.

Moon Music Club

DJ sets and live music cover a range of genres here, including hip hop, house, punk, rock and even the occasional 80s night. The diverse range of club nights is what gives the place a really laid back ambience.

Address: , Rúa de República Arxentina, 35, Santiago de Compostela,
Telephone: +34 649 968 839.

Live music in Santiago de Compostela

Auditorio de Galicia

The Auditorio de Galicia is the major venue for musical performances in Santiago de Compostela. It is also home to the Galician Philharmonic Orchestra. The city is also one of the best places to hear the local Celtic music, with the gaita (bagpipes) featuring heavily.

Address: , Avenida do Burgo das Nacións, Santiago de Compostela,
Telephone: +34 981 552 290.

Casa das Crechas

Casa das Crechas is popular with students and features live Galician Celtic music. While the "Banda das Crechas" performs regularly, there have been many other performances from groups across Europe here too. Many people come for the atmosphere alone.

Address: , Vía Sacra, 3, Santiago de Compostela,
Telephone: +34 667 706 240.

La Borriquita de Belém

For those who like to accompany their jazz and folk with wines and spontaneous theatrical performances, there is the atmospheric La Borriquita de Belém. Occasional rock and blues performances also grace a stage that has been hosting live musicians since 1971.

Address: , Rúa San Paio de Antealtares, 22, Santiago de Compostela,
Telephone: +34 653 471 551.

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Hostal Alfonso

Close to Santiago de Compostela's city centre, this small hostal makes a big impression. Run by a husband and wife team, Alfonso has a quaint family atmosphere, with cosy rooms and friendly service. The proprietors have even written their own fantastic guide to sights and anecdotes of the Old Town that the guidebooks have missed (sadly in Spanish only). There are only six rooms here (all en suite and with TV) so book well in advance. Ask for the top floor room with the cathedral view, it's remarkable, especially at night. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Virxe da Cerca

Set in two buildings next to Plaza de Abastos Market and close to the Cathedral, this characterful hotel has an intimate, classy feel. Rooms in the modern building overlook a private courtyard garden, and upgraded rooms set in an 18th century building feature exposed stone walls and traditional furnishings. The restaurant serves traditional Galician cuisine.

Hotel Costa Vella

Located in a quiet street above the Convento de San Francisco, close to one of the seven doors leading into the old medieval city, this small, charming hotel in Santiago boasts comfy, cosy bedrooms and a peaceful garden. A real Galician home from home, you will feel warmly welcomed here. Costa Vella represents excellent value for money and is thoroughly recommended.

Hotel Parador dos Reis Católicos

This magnificent Santiago hotel, one of the best in the country, is located in the heart of the city, right on the Praza do Obradoiro, between Santiago's splendid cathedral and the Galician president's headquarters. Beautiful rooms (each individually decorated with period furniture and fine fabrics), great facilities and exquisite service will make you feel you're being treated like royalty.

Carris Casa da Troya

Although it's set in a beautifully restored historic building in the old town, the rooms at this hotel have a modern simplicity, and the high ceilings and thick walls provide a spacious and private feel. Superior rooms overlook the Cathedral. The staff is excellent and on hand to offer local advice and guidance on where to eat and visit. The hotel also has its own café attached.

Hostal Suso

This popular old-town spot sees budget travellers delighted with its hospitable management and cheap, great-value en-suite rooms with plenty of space. Downstairs is a lively café where pilgrims rest their Camino-weary legs.