Situated in the far south of France, on the cusp of the Mediterranean and Catalonia, the Roussillon region – of which Perpignan is the capital – is a land of cultural variety. This quality is reflected in the city’s nightlife, which also demonstrates international influences. Whether letting their hair down in a bar or reposing in a wine cave, Perpignan’s inhabitants know how to have a good time. Read our guide to find out where to join them.
An innovative establishment run by people of different nationalities and backgrounds that is intended to be “a place of exchange and sharing,” ChillSpot is a cultural bonanza found in downtown Perpignan. Live music and DJ sets are hosted five nights a week, while creative workshops in writing, art, and photography showcase local artists and musicians and fill out the packed schedule. Affordable tapas and Caribbean-inspired cuisine are sold as well as a range of beverages. The venue is designed to be accommodating to people of different interests as well as cultures: books and board games can be found on the terrace.
Quintessential Irish pubs certainly aren’t the norm in Perpignan, but perhaps that’s because O’Flaherty’s does it so well no one else could compete. The warm, friendly atmosphere is as much of a draw as the Guinness and Kilkenny on draft. Add to this their traditional battered fish and chips, an extensive range of whiskey, a dartboard, Irish coffee, and live sports and you might think you’ve been transported to Dublin. O’Flaherty’s also hosts live music, DJs, and artist exhibitions. The St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza is, needless to say, not to be missed.
The wines at Les Caves Maillol are arranged according to what food they should accompany, as it is proprietor Guillaume Geniez’s aim to enhance the tasting experiences of his customers. Bottles are arranged by the barrel, over 800 types. The shop holds book signings and exhibits local artists, and private tastings can be arranged where the staff will comment on what you’re drinking. Geniez is conscious of the social and cultural history of wine, and to that end invites individuals to partake in his after work events to relax with friends and colleagues over a glass of wine and a bite to eat.
The motto of Jean-Pierre Rudelle, owner of Le Comptoir des Crus, is “here, we only sell what we love.” This man wants everyone to enjoy wine, going as far as to host a “Wine for Dummies” course on the basics of sensory analysis and tasting techniques. Local products are another thing that Rudelle is passionate about, and he invites Roussillon winemakers into his shop in order to promote their wines. The presence of expert sommeliers and the organization of theme days add to the class of this establishment.