Muga

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Calle de Maria Munoz 8, Old Town, Bilbao, Spain, 48005

Serves meat, vegan options available. Typical bar serves an array of pintxos, some of which are vegan including seitan and tofu bocadillos, pizza, sandwiches, burgers and salads. No English spoken. Open Mon-Thu 12:00pm-12:00am, Fri 12:00pm-1:00am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, Spanish, Non-veg

24 Reviews

First Review by irenesf

I couldnt believe there is something like this in Bilbao - Edit

This restaurant is not fully vegetarian or vegan, but almost all its menu is vegan!! Basque cuisine is known for being one of the best in Spain and in the world, but it is basically based on meat and fish. I had a tough moment trying to eat in Bilbao, but finally i discovered this place. I feel so good when I think about this place. The food was super tasty! The staff was great and helpful. All in all a perfect experience. Cheap tapas (pintxos here) and bocadillos (sandwiches). No doubt if you are going to Bilbao and you are a vegan this is your place



Updated from previous review on 2017-12-03

Pros: Super tasty, cheap prices, Nice staff

Cons: happycow doesnt allow to rate 5 stars,, coz its not fully veggie but its worth them

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Never coming back - Edit

Today was the day when I decided not to go to Muga anymore. I've been there a few times but today I had enough. I saw a piece of what seemed bacon and I freaked out. I went to the barman to ask for an explanation and he said that he couldn't say anything (he didn't even apologized, he only tried to turn that on me). Never got an apology or anything. I ran away with sadness and anger knowing that I ate a piece of flesh because in the kitchen someone was too careless to give a damn about my vegan sandwich.

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Good vegan options for some pintxos non-veggie friends - Edit

I was looking for a veggie friendly place to have some pintxos and a drink with non-vegetarian friends.
There were 4 tasty vegan options, many vegetarian ones and a few including meat/fish. All my friends were very happy about the veggie and non-veggie pintxos! :) The prices are very low for a veggie friendly place.
The white wine was also delicious.
The staff was friendly.

Pros: Vegan options, Price

Cons: none

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Vegan pintxos - Edit

Stumbled upon this place walking downtown. Asked for vegan pintxos, they had two options, I can't say which one was best. The kitchen was closed, so I didn't get to try other menu options. Really recommend it!

Pros: Delicious vegan pintxos

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Looking for vegan "pichos" - Edit

We went there because we saw they had vegan "pinchos". Only one. That was a little frustrating, but we stayed anyway. The staff was very friendly. I ordered the only vegan "pincho" and... It tasted delicious!! My non-vegan friends told me other "pinchos" were really good too.
The place wasn't expensive.
I really liked the decoration too.

Pros: Friendly staff, Good food, Good place

Cons: Only one vegan "pincho"

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Don't be affraid and you will be WELL served - Edit

It was a nice surprise when I was a first time to this bar (it is a must visit when I am to Bilbao) . It is like a typical old and dirty rock bar, but when you go in and see the menu your eyes open with so many vegan options! Sandwiches, vegeburgers, salads, etc. It is all delicious (although a bit oily). It is cheap, so you will be even more surprised with it.

The only complain that you can have are the bartenders, they are quite specific and not always nice. But don't be affraid of them.

It DOES NOT ACCEPT credit cards aswell.

However, if you have a non vegan friends bring they here, you all will be happy. In contrary case, come here too!

Pros: many many many many vegan options, cheap, nice ambient

Cons: unfriendly staff, does not accept cards

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closed Saturday lunchtime - Edit

we passed by on a Saturday lunchtime but it was closed

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great vegan options - Edit

Fun place and nice vegan options of local specialities!

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Nice place - Edit

It's a rock bar with several tasty vegan options (sandwiches, tapas, burgers...).

Pros: Several vegan options, Prices, Rock place

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Fine food but unpleasant people - Edit

If you're tourist you might want to have a look at this place because it's situated next to everything you'd like to visit ;)
Food is inexpensive and it tasted pretty good, despite the not so big portions.
Unfortunately the main issue is about the service : waiters were impolite and ignored us til they finished chitchatting with some friends. And they asked us to pick up our plate in a rather rude way :/
It made us feel they weren't thrilled about having foreigners in their restaurant...


Updated from previous review on Tuesday May 06, 2014

Pros: Fair Prices, Fast and tasty, Several vegan options

Cons: Bad service

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mik 21 Jun 2014 - Don´t take it personal, after all staff at Muga are infamous for being a bit... uh, foolish.. even towards us locals :-)  


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Incredible Experience - Edit

Nice place, friendly staff but nothing compared to its incredible food. Wide selection on bocatas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, nachos... One of the best places to find locals while eating amazing food.

Pros: Variety, Quality, Price

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The only place for vegan pintxos - Edit

A cool bar in the old town, with good beer and decent selection of vegan fast food. We really liked it there and came back two evenings in the row. I was surprised to see so many people complaining about the service here: hey, it's an alternative, a bit punky bar so perhaps you need to adjust your expectations:)

Also, if you want to try vegan pintxos (the Basque equivalent of tapas), you basically have no other choice but to go to Muga.

Pros: located in the Old Town, lots of vegan options, nice atmosphere of a local bar

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Bocatas muy buenos, atenciòn del personal no mucho - Edit

He comido un bocadillo vegetariano con seitan, humus pimiento y tomate, estaba muy bueno pero hay que reconocer que la atenciòn de los chicos que trabajan allí es bastante mala.. igualmente como en Bilbao parece que no hay muchos sitios para vegetarianos, es una buena opciòn para comer algo bueno!

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Dilemma: the wrong attitude - the right food - Edit

It could have been so good, but.....

The staff was mega-rude and the music extremely loud; when we finally were paid attention to, we had to scream our order at the bar.

Meanwhile, the other barman provoked a fight with a customer who ordered a beer (as in "what are YOU looking at?!"). He left before we did...

After seeing this, we decided to get the food to-go. When we found a bench outside and unwrapped dinner... we found they got our order wrong!!

Pros: good food , multiple vegan options, inexpensive

Cons: seriously unpleasant staff, weird atmosphere, medium to small portions

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very unpleasant experience - Edit

Don't go if you're a foreigner - they just serve locals and ignore the rest of the human race. I got a menu and sat outside. After a while, they came just to say that the kitchen was about to close. I left and then realized they were shouting an order from another table to the kitchen. At least, they let you read their menu. Very bad service.

Pros: centrally located (in "casco antiguo"), great variety of sandwiches

Cons: unpleasant people

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Yes, good food! - Edit

Almost all the pinxtos in Bilbao contain meat or fish, so it wasn't easy to eat vegetarian there. Luckily we discovered this place. Very good and food I like: Seitan, tofu, vegetable tempura etc. As a result we ate too much!

Pros: Good food, Healthy, Nice atmosphere and music

Cons: Poor english

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Delicious food - Edit

I often go to this place and I've always loved their sandwiches they have variety of cheap vegan dishes. The service is a bit rude but worth it

Pros: yummy, cheap

Cons: crowded , a bit impolite service

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Nice food & good atmosphere - Edit

Today all pintxos were vegetarian or vegan. Nice selection of tasty options. It's also not expensive. The restaurant crowd is alternative it's quite low key and it has a friendly vibe.

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Great value for money! - Edit

In such a carnivore world such as the Basque Country, is great to find cheap and tasty vegan sandwiches and tapas in an atmosphere with nice vibe. What a pity that is not a pure-veg bar!

Pros: Inexpensive, Tasty fast-food, Location

Cons: Non-veg

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Nom Nom - Edit

Supergood vegan food and nice ambiente :) fast kitchen. The prices are super ok for the quality. Im sitting here second time already in two days. Came back fast ^^
Updated from previous review on Tuesday November 26, 2013

Pros: Amazing Food, Fast Kitchen, Cute Design

Cons: No English

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Excelente Opcion. - Edit

Magnifica ensalada vegana y muy revomendables la Hamburguesa vegana y los bocadillos de seitan.Buen precio.

Pros: Buen Precio., Excelentes Bocadillos., Grandes Raciones.

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Cheap Yet Good - Edit

This is right outside my apartment, and it is good that it is cheap. Two people can have beer, whine, and pintxos for 6,50€. They do serve meat, so there is something for everyone.

Pros: Cheap, Good Location

Cons: Atmosphere could be better

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Muga - Edit

still good in May 2013.

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VERY GOOD - Edit

ROCK AND ROLL BAR WITH ORIGINAL AND VERY TASTEFULL VEG-FRIENDLY DISHES, NICE SANDWICH AND VEG TAPAS !! WE LOVE IT

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