The Best Bars In Centre Ville, Nantes

Nantes has plenty to offer visitors, from a historic Medieval old town to the mechanical wonders of the Galerie des Machines
Nantes has plenty to offer visitors, from a historic Medieval old town to the mechanical wonders of the Galerie des Machines | © RossHelen editorial / Alamy Stock Photo
Peggy Lee

Nantes is France’s sixth biggest city and an important university town, so it will come as no surprise that there is a rich variety of bars and pubs to choose from if you wish to discover Nantes‘ busy nightlife. Here is a list of the top 10 bars in Nantes‘ center.

Le Sur Mesure

Le Sur Mesure

Le Sur Mesure is the perfect spot for any beer lover. They serve over 180 different types of beer, dark, amber or light, enough to satisfy the most particular tastes. They even have a ‘rare’ selection for real connoisseurs. Very popular with Nantes‘ students, the bar can get busy, but as it’s open daily you can always find a quiet moment to sit in a corner or on the terrace to relax with one of their beers. The bar features an attractive décor with wood-paneled walls and large mural-style paintings.

Café Le Briord

Le Briord doesn’t look like much from the outside, but you will be pleasantly surprised by this rustic café with dried sausages hanging from the ceiling and local art displayed on the walls. They bar serves good beer and rum. The spot is most popular during the winter months when there is a roaring fire in the fireplace. Here you’ll find relaxed groups of friends playing cards or chess, and delicious Camembert evenings are held one Saturday a month. They regularly organize themed parties and little concerts that go down a storm.

920 : La Cave à Manger

This bar is reserved for wine lovers, and you will know you are in the right place because it is literally full of bottles. The owner is a professional sommelier and will take your on a tour around France without moving from his bar with his vast collection of regional French wines. This is the place to come for a perfect evening of wine tasting and nibbling on cured sausages and tasty French cheeses. You will need to call in advance because the ‘cave’ books up fast.

La Ribouldingue

Riboulingue is an unusual French word for a ‘party’ or ‘binge’. True to its name, this bar hosts very good DJ nights at least twice a week. The music played here is mainly a mix of Electro/Indie Pop, Eclectik Mix, Hip-hop and Funk. The place has a retro look, with lots of old advertising signs hung on the walls. They also have a pinball machine and table football. The terrace is large and looks out onto a pedestrian street so you can sit and relax outside without the stress of cars rushing past.


If you love both good beer and wine this bar has the perfect ‘antidote’ for you. Having opened recently, L’Antidote already has quite a following. Situated in a quiet part of the city, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed thanks to the welcoming and dedicated staff. They also offer delicious tapenades and croque-monsieurs, a very popular French snack resembling a toasted cheese and ham sandwich. The wine and beer list changes regularly to give customers the opportunity to discover new flavors.

John McByrne

If you’ve already been to a few French bars, check out John McByrne’s Irish pub. Open since 1998, the pub has that traditional Irish look with a spray of flowers over the front door, dark wooden tables hidden in corners and cushy red velvet seats. Situated in the heart of Nantes‘ historical center, the pub’s large terrace is rather sought-after. As might be expected, John McByrne specializes in Irish beers and Irish and Scottish whiskey. This is a really popular spot, especially with the students and sport fans, and they regularly organize karaoke nights.

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