The hosts were the better team and Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen pulled off excellent saves to deny Markel Susaeta and Inaki Williams.
Ernesto Valverde's men returned in much more positive mood and Messi curled a 53rd-minute free-kick just over, although the Argentina worldwide was growing increasingly irritated by Bilbao's physical approach to marking him.
Barca will however face Real Valladolid next weekend before their Champions League round of 16 tie against French League side Lyon the following Tuesday.
"We were first last week and we are still first, and if my maths is right, we will be again next week", Valverde said.
Ousmane Dembele made his recovery from an ankle problem as a 75th-minute substitute, taking the place of Coutinho, whose problems in a Barcelona shirt continued.
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Childish Gambino won the coveted prize for best music video for his politically provocative " This Is America ". There was a tie for best rap performance , and Drake was surprisingly not one of the winners.
The struggling Philippe Coutinho retained his place alongside Suarez and Messi up front but Arturo Vidal came in for the injured Arthur Melo and Nelson Semedo started at left back, with Jordi Alba suspended.
Williams had a wonderful chance to send Bilbao ahead in the 80th minute when the forward met a free kick from Muniain, but the ball flew just wide of the post, before the in-form Spain worldwide fired straight at Ter Stegen from another Muniain pass moments later. Still, they twice should have scored, with Messi and Suarez both guilty of missing.
Lionel Messi had Barca's best chance as his lob from outside the box hit the top of the crossbar.
The game was frantic and Bilbao were more than holding their own.
Bilbao had a golden chance to take the lead 25 minutes from time when San Jose found space in a unsafe position, but the midfielder's effort just missed the post.
The home side finished the game with ten men after Oscar De Marcos received a second yellow card and was sent off in stoppage time, as the encounter ended goalless at San Mames.
He called off a series of dates - including shows in Nottingham, Manchester and Glasgow with Judas Priest- due to health issues. The father-of-six said he had to cancel the whole of his European tour on "doctor's orders" and was "completely devastated".
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Le XV du Poireau prend la tête du Tournoi avec 8 pts, devant l'Angleterre qui reçoit le XV de France demain à Twickenham (16h). Après s'en être sortis d'extrême justesse contre les Bleus (24-19), on pouvait espérer mieux des Gallois à Rome.
Though a still released a year ago showed Smith in his Genie outfit, he didn't look almost enough like his cartoon counterpart. And I say this as someone who's been an ardent defender of Ritchie's last couple of fun-filled blockbusters.
Alain Bashung est donc entré un peu plus dans la légende des Victoires de la musique avec cette 13e récompense pour " En amont ". Grande nouveauté dans les Victoires de la musique 2019: la catégorie " Album rap " fait son apparition.
The health authority last released a measles alert in September, when a person who was infected attended the Skookum Festival. Measles, caused by a virus that infects the respiratory tract, can be passed through direct contact and through the air.
A very forward thinking attitude but, unlike the players themselves, we can afford to look back and reflect upon the performance. This is the first time the France worldwide has bagged a double-figure goal tally in the league so far in his career.
Czech world number five Pliskova beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-4 before Romanian Halep defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-4 6-0. The Australians will next play Belarus, which lost the 2017 final to the USA , in April.
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