Réunion drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in St-Denis

Le Passage du Chat Blanc

A trendy crowd flocks to this popular bar with two entrances (one on Rue Jean Chatel, the other on Ruelle Edouard). Besides featuring a wide choice of beers and great cocktails (from €5), there's live music – house …
Bar in St-Pierre

Long Board Café

Spiffing setting in a Creole house with a terrace opening onto the seafront – this a great place for quaffing a sunset beverage (cocktails from €9). Offers live entertainment and karaoke on selected evenings, usuall…
Bar in St-Denis

Zanzibar Café

Part bar, part restaurant, this 'tropical bistro' is the hang-out of well-connected locals and serves devilishly good tropical potions. Feeling peckish? Keep up your strength with a tuna tartare or a homemade burger…
Club in St-Pierre

Le Five

One of the hottest spots in St-Pierre when we dropped by. If you're after salsa, kizomba, séga or some sexy tropical sounds, look no further than Le Five. Early in the evening it doubles as a bar and also serves foo…
Bar in St-Pierre

Rouge

Although it also doubles as a restaurant, it's the bar that we recommend. With its potent cocktails (from €8) served in a tastefully restored Creole house, this is one of the most atmospheric venues in town for a dr…
Bar in St-Gilles-les-Bains

L'Etiquette

L'Etiquette is part restaurant, part bar, but it's the bar section that grabbed our attention (and our euros), not least for its incredibly potent cocktails. Try their ti punch and you'll see what we mean.
Bar in St-Pierre

Les Sal' Gosses

This cool den on the seafront hosts gigs from local bands – usually on Wednesday or Thursday. Good blend of jazz, soul and funk. Also has a wide-ranging menu (but the food is only so-so), tapas and billiards.
Bar in St-Denis

O'Bar

A funky drinking spot right in the centre. The streetside terrace allows for a dash of people-watching. Food is only so-so (and expensive for what you get). Tapas is served from 6.30pm.
Club in L'Hermitage-les-Bains

La Villa Club

L'Hermitage's top nightspot positively sizzles on a Friday and Saturday night when the dance floors are packed. Tropical, electro and dance music dominate the play list.
Bar in St-Denis

Café Edouard

The place to hang out, this buzzy bar with outdoor tables has a great selection of beers and spirits. There's also well-priced bar food for lunch and dinner.