Bordeaux nights

With 80,000 students, Bordeaux is a young city, where people love to party. In Bordeaux, Saturday night fever starts on Thursday evening, with aperitifs in outdoor cafés or wine bars, concerts in pop-up venues and underground dance floors, and the fun continues until late!

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After work drinks in the festive triangle between Place du Parlement, Saint-Pierre, and Place Camille Jullian, soaking up the atmosphere in the outdoor cafés and bars. Rue des Piliers de Tutelle has several good places for an aperitif with tapas, set to Latin rhythms at Calle Ocho and continuing until late with the DJs at Comptoir des Tutelles or Pavé dans la Mare. Place de la Victoire is the students’ hang-out.

The Bordeaux music scene: since the Rocher de Palmer opened in 2010, its 3 concert halls with capacities of 200 to 1, 200, have hosted outstanding jazz, rock, world music, and classical concerts. Food and refreshments are served at Ze Rock. Events scheduled in late 2016 include Kalash + Guest and Danakil. Varied programmes are offered at Rock School Barbey, a music school known for launching young artists, as well as at Casino Barrière and the Krakatoa in Mérignac.

Clubbing Head for the Bassins à Flots district to go on partying through the night! The barge La Dame, has reopened in summer 2016 following extensive renovations. The city centre has a rich night life, especially at the Black Diamond, the very chic private club at the Grand Hotel, and the Bootleg concert venue, which turns into a club at midnight. Students hang out in the many late-night bars, pubs, and discotheques on Quai de Paludate. Dance to an Afro-Cuban beat at the Pachanga, hits from the 80s at the Troquai, or groove at La Plage, a veritable institution on the Bordeaux waterfront and one of the largest night-clubs in France.

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Housed in a completely renovated 18th century sugar warehouse, the Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Theatre also features design studios widely accessible to artists and acting companies in residence.