Carmes is an old neighborhood built around an ancient market (which has since transformed into a car park). It is one of the most active and dynamic areas of Toulouse, thanks to a vibrant range of popular bars and restaurants. Whether you’re after a pint at a pub or a cocktail at the club, we’ve highlighted some standout bars in Carmes for every style and budget.
The London Town
Pub, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, French, $$$
The London Town is a traditional family-managed English pub and a great place to grab a pint of English or international beer. Activities are organized every night, like dart tournaments and quizzo nights where you can test your aim and your wits in good company.
R&J Rooney of Killarney is a small Irish pub with a friendly atmosphere. Perfect for a rowdy night out with good friends, this pub is a great spot to enjoy Irish brews alongside tasty snacks. Try cold cuts of Irish salted beef and smoked salmon with Irish brown bread, and hearty entrees like scallops in almond butter and Thai chicken curry. Stop by for a beer on game day, as they play both soccer and rugby matches on two large-screen TVs. If trivia’s more your game, Killarney also organizes a quiz night on the first and third Thursday of every month.
L’Ancienne Belgique (The Ancient Belgium) is an icon for all things Belgian in Toulouse. Established in Carmes almost 30 years ago, this traditional pub offers an intense range of over 100 different Belgian beers, with a staggering bottle list and 10 regulars on tap. Some of their drafts are hard to find on tap anywhere else outside Belgium, like the Faro, a sweet brew with a subtle blend of brown sugar and lambic that’s only improved when you taste it on draft. If you’re not familiar with Belgian beers, don’t worry; the bartender knows his stuff and will be happy to help you navigate the vast, map-like beer list on the back wall. They organize many events to promote this mighty menu, and every month there’s a new tasting to celebrate a new beer.
Moloko takes its name from the protagonist’s drink of choice in A Clockwork Orange. Its aesthetics are clearly influenced by the Stanley Kubrick film adaption as well: the interior is all pure white and bright lime green with vintage decorations, paired with an exclusive soundtrack of pop music from the 1960s-1980s in a surreal, psychedelic atmosphere. The cocktails were clearly crafted with the same eye for detail and style, in a list designed to impress with an eclectic mix of spices, fresh fruits, obscure or forgotten liquors, and other surprising ingredients.
Le Nasdrovia is the first bar in Toulouse to specialize in Vodka, with a carefully collected range of 30 vodkas from all around the world. If vodka’s not your spirit of choice, you’ll still have plenty to choose from here, as the bar also serves a great variety of cocktails, beer, wine, top-quality rums and gins, and a tapas menu. The interior is dominated by the impressive bar display and cellar, though there are plenty of other conversation starters worked into the provocative decor.
Le Quartier Latin is a small bar decked out in red brick (in typical Toulouse style), with a big terrace for relaxing and looking out over Carmes. Come here for a night of delicious cocktails, wine, and tapas, then stay for a long night breaking it down on the dance floor with Toulouse locals. This is one of the most popular bars around, so it’s a great place for travelers to get a feel for the real Toulouse.
El Doradois a little bar that welcomes French locals and international travelers alike into a homey, authentic South American atmosphere. Their beer and wine is all imported from different South American countries like Mexico, Cuba, Chile, and Peru, and their mojitos may be the very best in Toulouse. Their tapas menu is also faithfully prepared from traditional recipes. The quality of the food and drink draws in a steady crowd, and at the weekends this little bar becomes even more animated thanks to its regular live music nights.
The owners of Bar le Filochard describe the venue as intercultural, not just because of the diverse crowd of customers from all corners of the world, but also for the worldly selection of live music: here you’ll see everything from classic jazz and rock to obscure up-and-coming bands hailing from distant cities and continents. Thanks to its excellent Happy Hour and regular concerts, Le Filochard is one of the most lively bars in Carmes.