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.
If you fancy a roof top bar, then the Mama Shelter and the InterContinental offer great views of the city during the summer season. Those in the know will head for the terrace at the Siman, to enjoy the magnificent spectacle of the sun setting on the city’s UNESCO world heritage façades.
LIVE MUSIC VENUES
For a lively atmosphere and some New Orleans jazz, head for the Gascon wine bar Le Pépère, every first Tuesday of the month. The Trois Coups, a small theatre in the St. Michel district, hosts an eclectic mix of artists. The open-air venue Chez Alriq is packed from June to October. A little patch of green in the centre of town, the programme offers music from around the world, with some big names every season. Near the Botanical Garden, Le Caillou offers a cool jazz programme with open-air concerts throughout the summer.
For a more electro-rock vibe, popular venues include the Antidote, Wunderbar, Quartier Libre and the i. Boat barge in the Bassins à Flot. Latino music fans should head for Calle Ocho.
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. The centre of town also has several popular nightclubs, including the Cercle right in the centre, the Black Diamond, the InterContinental’s very chic private club, and the Monseigneur, the oldest club in Bordeaux, near Quinconces. For drinking late into the night, the community bars on the Rue Bouquière open at 11pm. Students meet on the Quai de Paludate in the numerous late-night bars, pubs and discotheques such as La Plage.