The nightlife in Oviedo keeps pace with typical Spanish “marcha,” e.g., don’t even think about going home until the Cathedral bells chime, at least, 4 am.
Because it’s a university town, there are plenty bars and clubs geared toward students, but still plenty of places for those who aren’t into the university scene. The hot spot for the university crowd centers around Calle Mon in the casco antiguo. While this cobble-stoned street remains quiet and quaint during the daylight hours, it becomes virtually impossible to pass through the sea of people after midnight on weekends as people spill into the street with copas (drinks) in hand. Dance clubs, normally with free entry, and chupiterias (bars specializing in a sickening variety of shots) line the majority of the street. The scene is similar in each bar, so the best way to choose a place is to wander and simply see what catches your eye.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more low key, you may want to head towards the northern outskirts of the casco antiguo along Calle Jovellanos where there are several places with smaller, pub-like atmospheres. Another really popular Asturian way to pass the night is to hit up the sidrerias on Calle Gascona. They usually don’t stay open as late, but are great places for chatting with friends, especially when the terrazas (patios) are open.
Here’s a starting list of bars and clubs worth stopping in – or at least being warned about. I’ve arranged them here more or less in zones:
North of the Center
Danny’s Jazz Bar, Calle La Luna: This place is a good atmosphere for hearing some mellow blues and jazz music. They even have live music at least once or twice a week. It’s only downfall is the relatively steep price of drinks.
La Calleja de la Ciega, Calleja la Ciega: A small, but hopping bar upstairs and intimate club downstairs. They also have the occasional concert that’s usually advertised in the local newspaper La Nueva España.
La Antigua Estacion, Calleja la Ciega: Another bar/club combo, but this one’s quite a bit bigger and more frequented
El Casco Antiguo (The Old Town)
El Hispania, Calle Altamirano and La Rua: Attracts a lot of foreigners as it is basically the bar for the university’s exchange students, so not too many Spaniards here. The relentless pop music played here is probably what will make it or break it for you.
La Santa Sebe, Calle Altamirano: Don’t let the bouncers protecting the entrance here scare you, this lively club is probably one of the best for dancing.
El Asturianu, Calle Carta Puebla: Cheap drinks and friendly staff that made everyone I know keep coming back for more.
El Porche, Postigo Alto: Just up the hill from the Asturianu, this tiny Cuban bar has dangerously cheap chupitos (shots) that could get even the most seasoned partier in trouble. Be warned.
Mixed among the bars are las bocaterias, or sandwich shops, which are a substantial solution to mid-party hunger, but not really recommended for daily consumption. There are at least three in the casco antiguo that will taunt you with the smell of bocadillos de tortilla (Spanish omelette sandwiches) and patatas bravas (spicy potatoes) as you pass by at about two or three in the morning. You’ll recognize these places easily by the lines of customers pouring out the door.
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