Bordeaux drinking and nightlife

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 facade across from the river on the fringe of the Chartrons district. This is the secret speakeasy that introduced good cocktails with gas…
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 Bar in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Night Beach

There is no finer, more elegant or more romantic rooftop bar in Bordeaux than this achingly hip drinking-and-hobnobbing joint on the 7th floor of the historic Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux. Views of the city, River Garonn…
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…
Coffee in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Café Piha

The door handle alone – part of a coffee machine – says it all: this new-generation coffee shop is cool. Lounge on cushioned bench seating in a faintly exotic, Amazon-styled interior and take your pick of speciality…
Cafe in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Mancuso

'Delicate music, drinks and food' is the driver of this chic retro-styled cafe, named after New Yorker DJ David Mancuso who made The Loft private parties so famous in NYC during the 1970s. Dedicated audiophiles can …
Coffee in Saint-Seurin & Fondaudège

Le Monologue

Every fashionable city street has to have one – a new-generation coffee shop, that is – and on rue du Palais Gallien it's Le Monologue. Green-floral wallpaper and plush, velour zig-zag cushions by Parisian design ho…