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A selection of bars for music and dancing in Bordeaux

For night owls and music lovers, here is a selection of hip bars where the music is just as important as what you’re drinking. Whether you prefer rock or jazz to latino style, chic to lively, dancing to reflection, here are a few suggestions for an evening out!

 

The Jazz & Blues bar: Thélonious Café Jazz Club 

As its name indicates, the Thélonious Café Jazz Club offers live jazz and blues concerts every night. The bar also hosts the occasional world music night, as well as evenings dedicated to Andalusian music. The musicians are always of the highest quality! Located in the Chartrons district, the Thélonious Café Jazz Club is also renowned for its rich wine-cellar. All-in-all, a sure recipe for a good night out! 

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To discover the local scene : Quartier Libre

In the heart of Saint-Michel, this restaurant-bar-concert venue has been open since 2015. With a real stage, tree-filled terrace, and Art Deco style salon, Quartier Libre offers live music every night. On the program, local artists of great musical variety including jazz, blues-rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, latin, and tropical. On weekends, concerts are followed by DJ sets and guests light up the dance floor until 2am. For food lovers, the bar even offers bistro-style dishes cooked up by chef Louis Chatenet

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A hip musical bar: Loft 33

In the new Bassins à Flots district, Loft 33, open Thursday through Saturday night, is looking after your ears with its musical program that includes hard rock and rap. Thursday nights are open mic nights, Fridays mean live concerts or DJ sets, while Saturday nights are reserved for live concerts from local artists. Young and chic, Loft 33 combines an industrial loft feel with an outdoor wooden terrace. Not to mention the wine menu and appetizers available to perfectly accompany your musical evenings! 

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  • 45 Quai Lawton, Bordeaux
  • 09 62 63 28 81
  • loft33.fr

 

For rockers : Le Fiacre

The Fiacre is a Bordeaux institution. Located at the corners of Loup and Cheverus street, it’s one of the oldest rock bars in the city. Its basement concert hall has been home to guitar riffs for more than 30 years now and even singer Daniel Darc, one of French rock’s most prominent figures, played here in the 90s. Today, the Fiacre remains on the cutting edge of all things alternative rock

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For beer lovers: Café des Moines

Not far from the Porte of Bourgogne, the café des Moines is as much a neighborhood joint as a well known spot for live music and craft beer connoisseurs. In a vaulted cave, its thirteen taps accompany pop groups, rockers, and blues and folk musicians. A relaxed and festive atmosphere.

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The bar that’s muy caliente: Calle Ocho

This is THE Cuban bar in Bordeaux! An unmissable spot for lovers of salsa and latino music… and mojitos. Besides salsa, you can also do the merengue, the reggaeton, the bachata, as well as Dominican and Puerto Rican dances. Located in the Saint-Pierre district, this little bar guarantees “muy caliente” evenings spent dancing the night away. Change of scenery guaranteed!

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  • 24 Rue Piliers de Tutelle, Bordeaux
  • 05 56 81 89 99
  • calle-ocho.eu

 

For nice days : Chez Alriq

This is one of Bordeaux's last real open-air cafés. Sitting on the edge of the Garonne’s right bank, the restaurant/dance hall Alriq regularly welcomes artists for live jazz, accordion, and gypsy jazz concerts. This is your opportunity to dance under fairy lit trees as you look out over the city’s left bank. In terms of food, things are simple and homemade, with some unforgettable moules frites on the menu.  

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