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The apéro—that moment right before dinner where friends gather and have drinks while eating some cheese, charcuterie, or any type of food associated with an epicurean lifestyle—is a very important part of the French food culture. Here is a selection of places to have a nice apéro while in Bordeaux.
Fernand Lafargue Square is a wonderful place to have an apéro. Those who don’t wish to sit in a restaurant right away can buy some snacks on the way and sit on one of the square’s benches. The area has tons of bars and restaurants that will suit any mood.
Planning an apéro in a trendy place with rooftop and a beautiful view or on a balcony are fantastic treats. Mama Shelter Bordeaux and SIMAN Bordeaux are some of the best spots for early-evening drinks with friends.
Mama Shelter Bordeaux, 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 57 30 45 45
SIMAN Bordeaux, 7 Quai des Queyries, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 5 56 67 49 90
Instead of heading back to the city at the end of the day, stay a little longer and improvise a gathering at the beach. Those with friends who are under a restricted diet, planning a healthier apéro can be done as well. All that’s needed is a blanket (to keep sand from getting in the way), fresh juices, some vegetables-based snacks, and some good company.
Tourism and food go great together and even more so in Bordeaux. While there, book an evening cruise if possible. This tour goes around the city and offers delicious tapas, some of the region’s delicacies, and world-class wines to enjoy while looking at the Garonne River’s breathtaking views.
Bordeaux River Cruise, 2 Quai des Chartrons, Bordeaux, France, +33 05 56 39 27 66
After a day walking around the city, stop by a small market and grab apéro items. Make sure to pick up a few tomatoes, some cheese (roquefort, sheep, goat, or blue cheese will be perfect), some saucisson, bread, crackers, and red wine to take to the nearest park.
Organize an apéro one with friends at the rental or accommodations. This is also an enjoyable and smart option to save money. Those who are short on drinks and don’t feel like walking to the liquor store, both Apéro à Domicile and Alert Apéro can deliver drinks or food until 2 or 3 am.
Apéro à Domicile, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 5 56 96 61 45
Alert Apéro, 22 Rue Monadey, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 5 56 39 85 99
Les Vivres de l’Art is an atypical venue, but go and enjoy eating some appetizers in a relaxed atmosphere while attending some cultural events in one of Bordeaux’s trendiest neighborhoods.