San Sebastián has several key venues that play a central role in the city's cultural life. The Kursaal and the Teatro Victoria Eugenia have a line-up of performances throughout the year, while smaller live music venues and cultural centres – including the new Tabakalera – all play a supporting role, staging a mix of live jazz, dance performances and live theatre.

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  • Kursaal The city's architecturally striking performing arts venue stages an impressive cultural line up.
  • Teatro Victoria Eugenia Dating from 1912, this is a lavish theatre to catch a performance.
  • Tabakalera A celebrated new cultural centre with a lineup of film screenings and concerts.

Live Music

Le Bukowski Hands down one of the best places to hear eclectic bands in the city.

Dabadaba A fantastically alternative spot to catch live music and DJs.

Etxekalte Live jazz, experimental sounds and DJs near the waterfront.

Altxerri Jazz Bar Catch live jazz and blues throughout the year at this buzzing spot on the edge of the old town.