The Best Unique and Unusual Bars in Bordeaux

Discover Bordeauxs most unique bars
Discover Bordeaux's most unique bars | © Pixabay
Jennifer Migan

As the tourist season is approaching, knowing where to have a drink might be very useful. You will probably not avoid the patches of people hanging out in Bordeaux’s bars but you are guaranteed to have a good time. Here is a list of unique bars where you can book a table and enjoy your sunset drinks.

1. Point Rouge

Bar, European

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© Point Rouge

Don’t be fooled by the sober entrance of Le point Rouge, because as soon as you enter this venue, you will be mesmerized by the chic décor and will immediately feel at ease thanks to its cozy atmosphere, cool playlist, and friendly staff. With plenty of choices for original cocktails and drinks, you will be all set to spend a wonderful evening.

2. La Comtesse

Bar, European

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La Comtesse has built its reputation on its cocktails and we’re happy to say it deserves it. The mojitos are to die for, but it’s worth trying this bar’s original offerings too. ‘Madeleine’, for example, manages to recreate the taste of the eponymous traditional French cake. There’s real flair in its mix of vintage furniture and baroque decoration, shamelessly pairing chandeliers and gold frames with plastic dolls and kitsch religious imagery to give the whole place an offbeat, slightly otherworldly feel. It’s as if the countess in the bar’s name was a fairy tale figure whose estate customers are entering.

3. Les Frères Jacks

Bar, European

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Had a bad day? Don’t worry about it, we found you the perfect activity to relax: why don’t you try axe throwing at Les Frères Jacks’ bar in Pessac? You will be safe as an instructor will be there to teach you how to throw an axe and assist you if necessary. After that, have a beer with your friends and you can be sure to leave this place stress-free – and probably thinking about including this in your weekly routine at home!

5. Meltdown Bordeaux

Bar, European

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© Courtesy of the Meltdown Bordeaux

The Meltdown is not just a sports bar, it is an e-sports bar! People who are into gaming will be delighted as the staff provides everything you need, free of charge. You only pay for what you drink and can stay for as long as you want. Once your game is over, take your drink and watch the best e-sports events, which are streamed at the bar.

6. Les Darons

Bar, Bistro, European

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Chilling with friends with an apéro is definitely one of the favorite pastimes of Bordeaux locals. You will certainly experience that laid-back atmosphere if you stop by Les Darons for early evening drinks and some fine snacks from local producers.

7. IBOAT

Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub, European

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The Iboat is one of the most iconic bars of Bordeaux. Only few minutes away from La Cité du Vin, it distinguishes itself by the plurality of its activities. With art exhibitions, concerts, DJ sets and many more original events, the IBOAT is the ideal place to spend the night. Although it might be crowded, come on Saturday night and party with your friends until the wee hours of the morning.

8. Jeux Barjo Bordeaux

Bar, European

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Nothing beats a board game on a rainy day! If you find yourself in this position while in Bordeaux and you don’t feel like going to the museum, you and your crew should head to Jeux Barjo Bordeaux, a games’ bar in the city center. You will find a plethora of board games to play with, so book a table now and enjoy yourself!

9. CanCan 'Coquetels & Flonflons'

Bar, Cocktail Bar, European

You will love the prohibition-inspired vibe of the CanCan bar. Hidden on the corner of Rue du Cerf Volant, this unique bar should definitely be on your to-visit list during your trip to Bordeaux. To enter, you need to go through a phone cabin, which reinforces the secretive atmosphere of the place. Once inside, you will be pleased with the friendly welcome from the staff and the people there. Grab a beer and listen to the talented musicians during regular live events.

10. Arkose Bordeaux

Bar, European

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Arkose Bordeaux is a great spot for the whole family. With several hiking walls and different levels of difficulty, you are guaranteed to have a good time there and can stay afterwards to have a bite and a drink at the venue’s bar. Make sure you hike before you drink or you might have some balancing problems on the wall.

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