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Bars in Spain vs Bars in the US

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Today I had a visitor from the US that was amazed at the amount of bars and people on the streets in Bilbao. We started talking, and came up with several basic CULTURAL differences between bars in Spain (Basque Country, in this particular case) and the US. Here they go (and I´m talking in general terms, exceptions allowed):
- Bars in Spain are places to socialize, not to get drunk. We meet at bars not to drink, but to talk to friends or family.
- We drink small size beers (zurito, in the BAsque Country, or wine.
- We do meet at bars with family, kids, grandparents...and there´s always a quarrel to be the first one paying.
- When the group is formed, we either pay one round at each bar (a bar per person, to finish off the round, at least), eat some pintxos or tapas (we don´t seek to get drunk), or we put some money in common ("bote") and one person pays for all. Nobody cares about the fairness on it...you may have a beer, another one a coke and another one a glass of water...money is not important.
- We may visit 7 or 8 bars at least, and have our drinks outside. There must be food involved, in the form of pintxos.
- We love doing this before lunch or dinner.
- Kids are welcome in bars. There´s no such thing as "family bars" or "family restaurants".
- Yes, you can throw your napkins to the floor...and it´s not bad manners.
- NO tips is left, ever, maybe just the spare change.
- Sitting at a bar is not that common, we like to have our drinks standing.
- A drunk person in a bar or in the group is always a no-no.
- business meetings can also be held at a bar, having a beer or a wine.

We thought of all these in five minutes...he was kind of surprised at the differences...

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