This is perhaps Bordeaux's best-known Irish pub, where you can taste one of the 50 different whiskeys or the five draft beers—including, of course, Ireland's own Guinness. The first-floor restaurant has fish and chips on the menu, as well as the famous Irish coffee. The lively atmosphere is different every day, with folk or pop concerts, darts matches, dominoes and karaoke. It really warms up when there's a rugby or football (soccer) match on TV, especially during the Five Nations Rugby Tournament.
Don't try to get in here on Thursday night, because that's when this tapas bar really draws in the crowds of night revelers of all kinds, looking for a snack and a flavor of Spain. It has pictures of bullfights on the walls, a bull's head, sawdust on the floor and big tables with stools for you and your friends to try out the assorted tapas made from squid, olives and anchovies. The system for ordering involves changing money for tokens and these can be used to choose your favorite snacks. Strong colors and flavors make this a place where lots of locals like to start off their evening.
This is a favorite haunt for students from the nearby medical school, who give this place legendary status. Young crowds gather on Thursday nights especially, when it's virtually impossible to get to the bar or even to squeeze in through the front doors. By day you can take a break on its shady terrace and get to know this famous bar that hasn't changed in years. The simply decorated hangout is definitely worth knowing about and is even more fun on theme nights that are organized almost every week.
Less impersonal than many clubs along the quays, L'Aztecal is a popular and friendly central meeting place for many regulars. The music here includes latest hits and spans across a variety of genres. The exotic decor and wonderful cocktails provide the finishing touches. Particularly popular at weekends, it's advisable not to arrive too late at L'Aztecal if you want to get to the bar and dance floor.
El Boqueron is a highly popular bar where chilled drinks and music will be your best friends till the time you decide to leave the place. The bar also looks after your hunger needs and serves delicious tapas. You can try one of their creative cocktails or Spanish Chupitos. For those who love outdoors, the bar's terrace invites groups as well as singles to lounge around enjoying the cool breeze. But guests mainly hop in here for the enthralling concerts featuring known and upcoming talents. Make sure call in advance to know about upcoming gigs.
Zig Zag Cafe is a well-known cafe-bar that is home to delectable coffee, beers and other beverages. The cafe boasts of an inviting decor and a friendly atmosphere, thanks to which hordes of visitors crowd the place almost everyday. Besides this, the cafe also hosts concerts, gigs, live musicals and reggae nights where established as well as amateur artists/ bands perform. Call ahead to know more.
The Grizzly Pub is a local pub that is open till the wee hours of morning. It serves some of the best shooters, cocktails and beers, and hosts happy hours from 6p to 9p daily. The laid-back atmosphere of this place attracts many a tourist, especially for its riveting theme nights and DJ parties. A cozy outdoor patio is available for some beer-equipped chilling in the summers.
Discover the charm of this English pub in the center of Bordeaux, with typical decor, dim lights and friendly service. Evening entertainment includes darts nights, music, and sporting events on the big screen. Open for meals at lunchtime and in the evening, the pub serves generous helpings of typically English food: fish and chips, chicken and mushroom pie or the Oxford Chicken. The very tasty dessert menu includes lemon cheesecake and apple crumble at reasonable prices.
Owned and managed by the Bordeaux Wine Council, Le Bar à Vin comes from one of the most eminent authorities on wine in the region. This beautiful space is located in an eighteenth century building, with contemporary furnishings and artsy hues. A tastefully decorated wine cellar embraces a part of the wall's corner, as chairs with low-seating take up the rest of the space. Some of the best selections from the Bordeux vineyard are reflected in the wine list, including red wines, white wines, sweet wines, a smattering of dry varieties, rosés and clairets. Small deli plates are provided as nibbling accompaniments. Understandably a crowd-puller, this wine bar is best visited during the early afternoon, which is when there is some respite from the madding crowd.