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 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…
Top Choice Bar in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Night Beach

There is no finer, more elegant or romantic rooftop bar in Bordeaux than this achingly hip drinking-and-hobnobbing joint on the 7th floor of historic Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux. Views of the city, River Garonne and vin…
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Le Bal à Papa

Also known as Chez Zézette or Les Goélands by party-loving locals, this bar-club hybrid is the spot to drink cocktails and dance away summer nights to a wicked mix of 1980s hits until dawn. DJ Christophe Faucampre –…
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…