French Basque Country drinking and nightlife

Cafe in Biarritz


Operating since 1880, this grande dame harks back to the time when belle époque Biarritz was the beach resort of choice for the rich and glamorous. Today it still attracts perfectly coiffed hairdos (and that's just …
Cafe in Bayonne

Bar François

As French as a string of onions, this is the classic pavement cafe: tables strewn over the cobbles, waiters rushed off their feet, and more wines by the glass than you could drink in a week's worth of trying. Next t…
Bar in Biarritz

Ventilo Café

One of several options along the street leading up from the old port, this is a good place for wine by the glass and plates of tapas. It gets packed in summer, when the sliding doors are opened up and the action spi…
Bar in Biarritz

Red Café

Rugby is a religion in Biarritz, and this place is themed around the colours of Biarritz Olympique (red and white). It gets lively on match days, but it's a chilled hang-out when the boys aren't playing.
Bar in Bayonne

Chai Ramina

When there's a big rugby match on (the local club is one of the biggest in France) and the weather is fine, rue Poissonnerie is completely blocked by the huge crowds spilling out of Chai Ramina.
Teahouse in Bayonne

Cafés Ramuntcho

To sip no fewer than 380 different teas (reputedly the most in France), take a seat amid the metal canisters of this cafe, established in 1920. Tea is available for purchase to take home, too.
Bar in Biarritz

Le Bar Bu

A trendy hangout near the old port, as popular for early evening grub as for late-night cocktails. The name is a pun – take a look at the pictures above the bar if you want a clue.
Bar in Biarritz

Le Newquay

Grungy pub with a central location, big-screen sports and plenty of beers on tap – plus a loyal crowd of surfers, beach-bums and tourists.