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The 10 Best Bars In The Loire Valley, France

The 10 Best Bars In The Loire Valley, France
The Loire Valley is known for its châteaux and rolling vineyards, but what about when the sun goes down? No matter which of the area’s towns and cities you’re based in, there is nightlife available. Read on for 10 of the best bars here.

Strapontin Café

Nightclub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, French, $$$
From the funky red walls to the live jazz music, this is an atmospheric spot to relax and grab a drink with friends. The extensive drinks list includes several excellent Belgian Trappist beers, as well as mixed drinks and wines, and if hunger strikes, the charcuterie and cheese plate goes down a treat.
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Le Velvet

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, French, $$$
This bar, just a stone’s throw from the cathedral in the heart of Blois, has cool vaulted ceilings, cosy booths, and an altogether welcoming decor. Serving up creative and well-executed cocktails, Le Velvet is also known for its food, especially the ice cream.
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Cave des Silènes

Bar, Wine Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, French
Château de Chinon
Château de Chinon | © LonganimE/WikiCommons
For a delicious glass of local Loire Valley wine, look no further than this Chinon wine bar, which is located along the main road into town from the Château de Chinon. The helpful and friendly staff is happy to let visitors peruse the many bottles, as well as to provide advice.
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La Cave à Bulles

This atmospheric lounge/bar is situated at the foot of the Château d’Amboise and is the ideal place to unwind with a beer from the lengthy list. Order some food while enjoying a drink; the burgers are stellar and the bar also offers tapas to share.

La Cave à Bulles, 44 Rue de la Concorde, Amboise, France, +33 6 61 13 02 69

Château d’Ambroise © Christophe.Finot/WikiCommons
Angers Cathedral © TTaylor/WikiCommons

L’Herbe Rouge

Bar, Restaurant, French, Beer, Wine, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Tucked into the small hamlet of Valaire, near Blois, this bar and restaurant is a destination for wine-lovers including local vineyard workers, who frequent it for lunches of rustic food and copious amounts of wine. Make like the locals and order a magnum and a plate of beef and frites or foie gras with lentils.
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Les Becs à Vin

Wine Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, French, $$$
This bistro and wine bar has several owners, one of whom is Thierry Puzelat, a natural winemaker in the Loire Valley, and the wine offerings here definitely do not disappoint. Nor does the decor, which is cheerful and inviting; fresh flowers, eclectically mismatched furniture, and a guitar on the wall.
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