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
Le Hop’s Cafe
Hidden away down a tiny little street, Hop’s Cafe is worth finding! With a young (mostly student) clientele and a vibrant atmosphere, this is a fine choice when it comes to the beers on offer: there’s no menu, just a fridge, so there are always a new brew to sample. It’s busy but not too busy, late in the week or the weekend is the perfect time to go to sit and sip with locals.
36 Rue Meurein, Lille, +33 3 20 40 18 77
Le Monk’s Café
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
Le Farafina is the bar to drink rum and listen to reggae at in Lille. With a Caribbean ambiance and colorful décor, the bar is enticing from the street and follows through on its drinks, too. The cocktails are well-priced and there is also the possibility of ordering tapas-style snacks alongside. For those who like their rum, not only is there a large choice of labels available, but also a huge array of ways to drink it. Don’t have too many though; getting out of the comfy sofas will become much more difficult!
Le Farafina, 165 bis rue Solférino, Lille, +33 6 64 32 82 16
La Part des Anges
A wine bar in the old part of town, La Part des Anges is chic, bustling and full of life. It can be difficult to even get a stool at the bar, but this shouldn’t be off-putting; servers come round the whole bar to those standing with impeccably fast turnaround on orders. The wine selection is vast and offers varieties of French wine not often had abroad. Alongside the beverages, La Part des Anges also does very tasty meat and cheese boards, perfect for the start of an evening.
La Part des Anges, 50 rue de la Monnaie, Lille, +33 3 20 13 88 40
Au Fût et à mesure
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.
For those looking for a comfortable, relaxed, home-from-home bar, this is it! The perfect place to sip a pint among friends, watch the football or rugby or just banter with the barmen, L’Alchimiste is a favorite among locals and passers-through alike. The choice of beers is decent and there are deals from time-to-time. The clientele is also a varied mix of young and old, and the bar itself is designed for social evenings.
26 Boulevard Jean-Baptiste Lebas, Lille, France, +33 3 20 54 51 86