Montpellier is one of the liveliest cities in the South of France, with endless activities, great cafés, stunning hotels and some very snazzy restaurants. The huge number of students that live in the city mean that its nightlife keeps itself fresh and relevant, giving Montpellier one of the best night scenes in the South. We have profiled ten of the city’s best bars, so read on and enjoy.
The Shakespeare is a great pub in the center of Montpellier. After a long, exhausting day of sightseeing around the old town, this pub provides the perfect place in which to drink some beer and recover. There is a fantastic selection of beer and bottled ales served by very friendly waiters. Visitors can come here, sit down, enjoy their drink and listen to the pub’s great music whilst chatting with friends.
Fitzpatrick’s is also a fabulous option for those on the lookout for tasty beer in a fun environment. The Guinness here is great, although not exactly cheap (which seems to be the case throughout France), and they also serve some pretty decent wines and even coffee for those who are not big fans of beer. Both locals and exchange students flock to this bar when they want to leave their worries aside and enjoy a great night out.
This cute locale doesn’t only serve beer and other alcoholic beverages, it is also a great place to go to during the day for a refreshing tea or energizing cup of coffee. The beautiful outdoor terrace is perfect for enjoying this coastal city’s fresh air and sunny days, whether it be at night with a glass of wine or in the morning with a cappuccino. There is a slight vintage feel which adds a special element, what with its interesting music selection and quirky décor, making this bar well worth a visit.
Los Parigos is a tapas bar located in Montpellier’s beautiful old town. It is a unique establishment with fantastic decor; upon entering visitors will feel they are in some sort of chic wine cellar or cave, with stone walls decorated with sparkly fairy lights, quirky pictures and potted plants here and there. Not only are the drinks great here, but their tantalizing tapas dishes are an excellent option for a fashionable evening meal in this international city. After having satisfied their hunger, visitors can stay and enjoy the great atmosphere at the bar whilst enjoying a few drinks.
La Chistera is another great bar in Montpellier and is one of the liveliest locales in the city. The owner, François TrinhDuc, a very well-loved local who play rugby, manages this bar with aplomb. The vast selection of beers, both French and international, is one of the best in the city. Here travellers can enjoy fresh drinks surrounded by bright lights and rustic walls, which give the establishment a unique air.
More of a wine-bar than a pub, Chez Boris is managed by Boris Leclercq, and it has quickly become a staple in Montpellier’s nightlife scene. The laid-back atmosphere makes for a perfect location for a chilled night out with close friends and family. Spanish ham, Aubrac beef and some excellent wines are only a small part of the menu at this great establishment. The owner lets people write their opinions of the bar on the ceiling; a superb touch.
Known as the go-to place for both locals and the many exchange students that frequent Montpellier’s famous universities, Rockstore always has a great event on. Whether it is a night out for Erasmus students, a themed party or happy hour, there is always a fun crowd wanting to have a good time and dance the night away. It is also one of the best bars for live music, with artists coming in quite often to perform. Address:20 Rue de Verdun, Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 06 80 00
In Vino Veritas
Bar, Wine Bar, Restaurant, French, $$$
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In Vino Veritas is of course a wine bar, but it also serves some great dishes. Wines start at three euros per glass, which is a very modest price considering the quality, and range from 15 to 30 euros per bottle, with a curated selection of reds, whites, rosé and more. The red and black color scheme makes the glasses of wine stand out even more at this chic bar, which is decorated with some great artwork, making it a fun and different place to go to for a night out.
La Fabrik is a go-to bar for Montpellier’s young and chic crowds, with an industrial hip feel to it. The beams on the ceilings contrast with the low, romantic lighting and wooden accents. The decoration has been carefully designed to make it quirky and fun and their drinks are to-die-for, it has everything that is needed for a great night out.
Barberousse has locations all over France, but the one in Montpellier is especially worth a visit. Of course there is a slight pirate theme going on inside; and even if that isn’t your scene you should give it a try, the rum cocktails are well worth it. Upturned barrels and lanterns are scattered around the interior, creating a fun setting and giving the bar a distinctively different feel.