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 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). …
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Hangar à Bananes

This former banana-ripening warehouse on Île de Nantes is home today to a line-up of trendy restaurants, bars and clubs, each hipper than the next. Pavement terraces lounge by the water's edge and are particularly a…
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Esperance Café

Sacks of raw beans waiting to be roasted fill one corner of this specialist coffee shop, a five-minute walk from Les Machines de l'Île de Nantes. Patrice and Beatrice are the knowledgeable baristas behind the contem…
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Le Corneille

Squirreled behind the imposing Théâtre Graslin on a tiny car-free street, the festive pavement terrace of this neighbourhood cafe with orange awning thongs with Nantais at aperitif hour and beyond. Music is electro,…
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Le Graslin de Folie

Local Nantaise beers, among dozens of others, are served at this fun bar just around the corner from the city's opera house and theatre. Fire engine-red seating, vintage posters, a piano and exposed-stone walls add …
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L’Artichaut

Mingle with the cool crowd at this art gallery and cafe with vintage, faux fur–covered armchairs and a retro-tiled flooring. Urban street art is its genre (starting with its colourful tagged façade), with a variety …
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Le Zygo Bar

This happening music bar, a student favourite, is one of a handful of buzzing after-dark drinking addresses away from the centre. Folk, rock, afro, reggae and blues are the among the eclectic mix of live sounds that…
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La Maison Café

Sit in a bathtub, kick back with a drink and relax at this eclectic bar decorated room by room like a home furnished in bad 1970s taste. It plays (what else?) house music and serves cheap mojitos during happy hour (…
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Café Cult

Squeezed inside a darkened half-timbered house hung with local art, this bohemian hangout with handsome pavement terrace draws a predominantly student crowd. Watch for occasional concerts, art exhibitions and freshl…