Papa Doble first opened its doors in Écusson in 2009 and has garnered nothing short of a cult following ever since for its trendy interior and extraordinary cocktails. The underground bar is set in a building typical of the area. The original vaulted ceilings along with the dark furniture make for a very cozy yet stylish location to sample some drinks from their extensive cocktail menu. Each cocktail is different and they’re often created with a particular theme in mind (such as the Hemingway Daiquiri). Be sure to stop by to admire the incredible presentation.
6, rue du Petit Scel, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 55 66 66
For a little taste of Cuba in the heart of Montpellier’s old town head to Cubanito Café, just a two minutes’ walk from the stunning Place de la Comédie. The bar is open until late seven days a week. The Cuba-inspired decor, as well as the images of Che Guevara plastered on the walls, make for an entertaining location for an evening spent with friends. The cocktails are great, as are the tapas that you can order all night long. Cubanito Café also offers theme nights and salsa lessons during the week, so keep an eye out for those.
13, rue de Verdun, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 92 65 82
Bar Le Foch
You’ll find Bar Le Foch at a pedestrianized crossroads in the heart of Écusson, standing side by side with a host of other bars and restaurants. Despite the nearby competition, however, Bar Le Foch is a popular option with Montpellier’s young and old any day of the week. The candlelit tables of the indoor and outdoor seating (a must in the South of France’s balmy summers) makes for a cozy ambiance for an evening with friends. There’s a wide selection of beers and wines and the house sangria is worth a try.
2, rue Rebuffy, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 91 27 30
On the most easterly edge of Écusson, in the modern Antigone district of the city, stands Les Bistronomes. It is just a stone’s throw from the banks of the river Lez. Les Bistronomes is a typical French brasserie where you can just as easily sample a tasty three-course meal as enjoy a leisurely evening drink with friends and family. The bustling area is great for people-watching and the welcome from the friendly and attentive staff is always warm. The drinks menu is extensive and you can while away the hours sitting and watching the world go by.
22, place du Nombre d’Or, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 83 28 67
La Petite Scène
If you’re looking for live music in a friendly location, head straight to La Petite Scène in the very heart of Écusson. The Latin-inspired tapas bar serves beers, wines, cocktails – their mojito is one of the best in Montpellier – and soft drinks. There’s also a wide selection of small tapas plates to choose from all night long. To accompany your drinks and snacks, La Petite Scène regularly hosts live music events which cater for all musical tastes. With everything from folk, soul, blues and swing to reggae, pop and rock and roll, you’re sure to find something to suit your own personal taste.
6, rue de la Fontaine, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 54 22 15