This Australian-themed bar is a fun place to incorporate into a night out on the town, with a jolly atmosphere and helpful staff (with varying levels of English), not to mention tasty cocktails along with the normal range of alcoholic beverages. Technically a sports bar, this is an entirely different story on busy nights, where sport is the last thing on everyone’s mind. With a terrace overlooking a grassy square in summer, Café Oz makes for a pleasant location to spend an evening, even if the décor is a bit eccentric!
33 Place Louise de Bettignies, Lille, +33 3 20 55 15 15
Outside of the center of Lille can be found the most relaxed, quirky and well-loved bars. This one, situated in Wazemmes, an ethnically-mixed and fairly down-to-earth area of Lille, has indoor and outdoor seating and a very homely feel. It feels a little bit like a northern English town, surrounded by brick terraced houses, typical for a working suburb. The locals here are friendly and full of stories and this bar is a fun and interesting place to spend a few hours.
Beer-lovers have to try La Capsule during a stay in Lille. With up to 12 beers on tap and many more bottled, there is a multitude of opportunity to try different brews and to test out something new. Unsure? The bartenders are usually on hand to give suggestions or offer samples. It can get quite busy, so arrive early to avoid having to sit downstairs in the cellar area, though this can actually be a quieter place to chat with friends.
25 rue des Trois Molettes, Lille, +33 3 20 42 14 75
A bustling bar with a choice of often under-appreciated beers (no Leffe here), and occasional concerts in the cellar, Le Monk’s Café can often be heard from the street and has an infectious ambiance. The proprietor is often behind the bar serving and amusing guests, and there are always customers here with a story to tell. Very genuine and relaxed, a trip to Lille would be made even better by a trip to Le Monk’s. There is also a tiny terrace at the front of the bar; good for mixing and meeting new people.
3 rue Nicolas Leblanc, Lille, +33 3 20 00 00 31
This bar offers an entirely new method of beer pouring: self-service. Upon arriving, customers take a glass, a card and head to a pump to serve themselves whichever beer they like. Expect a variety of regional and classic brews oozing with flavor, along with a range of cocktails that can be ordered from the tablet on each table. Nice.