Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Nantes

Le Nid

Far more than just a bar, Le Nid (or The Nest) is an interactive art installation by Nantais artist Jean Jullien. Designer armchairs, with yolk-yellow seat cushions, resemble broken eggs and the bar squats inside a …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Saint-Michel & Capucins-Victoire

Le Point Rouge

A black steel door marked with a small, red doorbell (aka 'le point rouge,' or 'the red dot') heralds the entrance to this trendy speakeasy, a theatrical scarlet affair hidden in the basement of a once-grandiose riv…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Chartrons, Bassins à Flot & Bacalan

Symbiose

There is something inviting about this clandestine address with a soft green façade across from the river on the fringe of the Chartrons district. This is the secret speakeasy that introduced good cocktails with gas…
Top Choice Bar in La Rochelle

Chez Garcia – Cave de la Guiguette

For a sweet taste of 1930s La Rochelle, follow the hipster crowd to this rough-cut wine bar where little has changed since it opened in 1933 in a blacksmith's yard. Vintage photos and posters evoke the days when fis…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Nantes

Le Jéroboam

This enchanting bar à vin with vintage green wood façade is the best spot in town to taste regional wines with a laid-back, hipster crowd. When the munchies strike, order a perfectly paired tartine (open sandwich). …
Top Choice Cafe in Arcachon

Café de la Plage

As seafront cafes go, you can't do better than stylish Café de la Plage. From sunrise to sunset and beyond, this gourmet cafe and bar by the vintage Big Wheel on the seafront buzzes with local life – in the company …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Bar à Vin

The decor – herringbone parquet, grandiose stained glass depicting the godly Bacchus, and sky-high ceiling – matches the reverent air that fills this wine bar inside the hallowed halls of the Maison du Vin de Bordea…
Top Choice Cafe in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Utopia

At home in an old church, this much-venerated art address is a local institution – its sunny terrace alone is fabulous. Art-house cinema, mellow cafe, hot lunch spot and bar rolled into one, it is one of the top add…
Top Choice Club in Chartrons, Bassins à Flot & Bacalan

I.Boat

Hip hop, rock, indie pop, psyche blues rock, punk and hardcore are among the varied sounds that blast out of this fun nightclub and concert venue, on a decommissioned ferry moored in the increasingly trendy, industr…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Cancan

'Coquetels & flonflon' (meaning 'cocktails & music') is the strapline of this achingly cool speakeasy by Parisian duo Romain and Clément. The vibe is fashionably retro, the decor hardcore vintage, and the so…