Marseille is the land of pastis, but it is by far not the only thing its bars have to offer. Elegance, fun and lively crowds are just a few of the things visitors can expect here, as well as delicious cocktails, wines and beers. Discover the 10 best bars in this wonderful coastal city.
La Part des Anges serves organic and ecological wine. This funky locale is more than a great wine bar, it also has an area dedicated to selling wine and a dining section where visitors can, enjoy one of their tasty meals. The place is also very affordable, since wine glasses start at only 2.50€.
Those in search of a historic bar will be enormously satisfied by La Caravelle, which has been around since the 1930s. It has a distinctive jazzy element and prewar characteristics, but has been modernized by introducing a tapas bar that serves great snacks to accompany the drinks. They also serve full meals during lunch and dinner. The tiny terrace looks over the Vieux Port, so tourists can appreciate the great views of one of Marseille’s most iconic landmarks.
If La Bar de la Marine looks familiar, it is because it was featured in Love Actually. Many locals also claim that this is where French director Marcel Pagnol filmed scenes of his trilogy of films Marius (1931), Fanny (1932) and César (1936). As its name suggests the bar is located by the port, and has a huge breezy terrace where diners can partake in a French aperitif.
Situated in one of the loveliest areas of the city, L’Unic is a wonderful bar, run by Madame Dominique, where the drinks never stop coming and the fun never ends. Open from early morning until late night, it sees a variety of folk come through the doors. Older locals love it for a late morning or early afternoon drink, whilst younger people head here later on in the evening to start what usually ends up being an unforgettable night out.
One of the most affordable bars in the Vieux Port area, Le Marengo serves delicious food and even better drinks that will not break the bank. A great place to go to set the scene for one of the best nights visitors are likely to spend in Marseille. The lively atmosphere, eccentric setting and friendly service are just a few of the wonderful things this bar brings to mind.
Le Crystal is considered by many to be one of the most popular spots in the Vieux Port district, with a retro décor reminiscent of the 1950s and a wonderful heated terrace that allows visitors to enjoy the views and the atmosphere even when it is freezing outside. Travelers can order one of their exquisite cocktails or wines, or choose to have a more relaxed night out and start by dining at this bar. The service is quick and friendly, making the experience a great one.
The name of this locale is a reference to Andy Warhol’s Factory, and this bar may remind visitors of New York City. The cosmopolitan vibe, with its cute and freshly decorated interior, the beautiful terrace from which tourists can admire the sunset and the excellent food and drinks menu will all make for an unforgettable evening. This is one of the best bars that Marseille has to offer.
La Dame Noir is a great place to go to start or finish off a night out in Marseille: the drinks are excellent, the service on point, the location great and the events are unbeatable. The music they play here usually leans towards electronica, and the DJs are impressive. The crowd is usually quite young, but older people who are in the mood for a party will also enjoy the buzzing atmosphere.
The views at this bar, located in the world-class Sofitel Hotel, are unparalleled thanks to the floot-to-ceiling windows. Elegance, class, style and sophistication are all words that perfectly capture both the decor and the atmosphere at this beautiful establishment. The bar staff is trained to perfection; visitors should put on their finest attire and head to this location to enjoy one of the best bars in the city.
Sports fans will love this place; Le Canebière is a simple, unpretentious locale situated in close proximity to the Vieux Port area, and televises sports events almost every night, including Formula One, football and rugby. The outdoor seating is great for people who are not so into sports, enabling them to enjoy what this bar has to offer too. Apart from amazing drinks, this bar also has a top-notch brasserie.