SOMETHING TO DRINK
The three squares of Parlement, St. Pierre and Camille Jullian form a joyous triangle, in which numerous bistros and cafés offer friendly terraces where you can enjoy a drink. La Comtesse bar with its kitsch, curiosity shop décor, is renowned for its mojitos. In the same street, the Alchemiste serves cocktails in an American prohibition-style atmosphere. In Place Camille-Jullian (known to Bordeaux inhabitants as « Caju »), the Utopia, a former church converted into an arts cinema has its own restaurant and bar with outdoor seating. Or there is Chez Fred in the Place du Palais, the best spot for a drink with a view of the Porte Cailhau. Going up towards Place Fernand Lafargue, The Apollo Bar attracts an eclectic crowd, and then on the Rue des Boucheries, there is the Quebec-style pub Au Nouveau Monde where you can drink organic beers brewed on site.
To enjoy superb wines from Bordeaux (and other places!), head for one of the city’s numerous wine bars, such as the convivial Wine More Time, the CIVB’s iconic Bar à Vin, the Trois Pinardiers with its concept mid-way between wine bar and wine merchant, or Vertige, recently opened in the heart of the old city centre. There are also venues created by the winegrowers themselves, such as Un Château en Ville (run by Château Lestrille) or the Tutiac wine bar, set up by the Tutiac Wine cooperative.
To enjoy some music with your drink, head for Café Brun which offers aperitif-concerts. From June to October, crowds flock to the open-air venue Chez Alriq for its rural setting and music from around the world. If lively Latin rhythms are more your style, then you should feel at home at Central Do Brazil, in the Saint Michel district, or Calle Ocho. For a more electro-rock vibe, popular venues include the Antidote, Quartier Libre and the i. Boat barge in the Bassins à Flot.
For music and food, try the Café Mancuso, France’s first high-fidelity restaurant, Le Grand Louis brewery in Mérignac, Thélonious for a jazzy ambiance, or a musical brunch at Vivres de l’Art.
Bordeaux also boasts several concert venues such as the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, Rock School Barbey, the long-standing Krakatoa in Mérignac, or the Antirouille in Talence.
To continue into the night, head for La Dame, a barge in the Bassins à Flot, le Théatro or The Base, a new facility including a nightclub, a restaurant and a huge terrace. The centre of town also has several popular nightclubs, including the Cercle, the 21, the Black Diamond, the InterContinental’s very chic private club and the Monseigneur, the oldest club in Bordeaux, near Quinconces. Students meet on the Quai de Paludate at La Plage.