Alsace & Lorraine drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Teahouse in Strasbourg


A little cocoon of warmth and bonhomie bang in the heart of Strasbourg, this literary cafe and tea room is lined with novels (feel free to browse) and does a fine line in fragrant speciality teas, from green and Dar…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Colmar


This new, bottle-lined wine bar is a drop of sophistication. Here you can sample and quaff wines from Alsace and elsewhere (from €3 per glass), and there are special evenings devoted to little-heard-of winemakers. T…
Bar in Strasbourg

La Popartiserie

Emerging urban artists from various countries showcase their edgy work at this gallery, wine bar and concert venue. There are regular free gigs, including pop and jazz Fridays, and exhibitions, and the inner courtya…
Cafe in Strasbourg

Café Bretelles

Huddled away in Petite France, this chilled-out haunt has Italian coffee worth raving about – served with an artistic flourish – relaxed vibes and good music. The baristas know their stuff when it comes to specialit…
Cocktail Bar in Strasbourg

Code Bar

At the top of the cocktail bar pile, the intimate, backlit Code Bar knows its mixology, with creative, attractively presented concoctions that reach from 'Voodoo', a spicy rum and coconut number, to the refreshing '…
Cafe in Mulhouse

Enquête de Goûts

Crammed with crime novels and mismatched furniture, this quirky hole-in-the-wall bookshop also does a fine line in breakfasts, coffee, tea and two-course lunches (€11.50).
Bar in Metz

Bazaar Sainte Marie

Retro-chic bar with red walls, vintage sofas, a relaxed vibe and old-school music. Check the website for details of gigs, exhibitions and DJ nights.
Bar in Nancy

La Quincaillerie

'The hardware store' is more kid-in-a-candy-shop stuff for anyone into their flavoured rums, which reach from bergamot to mint and basil here. The windows brim with flagons filled with brightly coloured spirits that…
Pub in Strasbourg

Académie de la Bière

Get the beers in at this chilled Petite France pub before a boogie in the cellar disco. There are hundreds of brews on offer, from Kronenbourg to krieks (Belgian beers fermented with sour cherries), some at bargain …
Microbrewery in Strasbourg

Au Brasseur

Copper vats shine at this easygoing microbrewery, which is perfect for a pint. It has been a boozer in some shape or form since 1746. Today, there's a good buzz and a fine selection of brews – from malty dark beers …