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Top 5 Bars in Bordeaux

by Daley

What can I say, I’m always down to get a drink in Bordeaux. And after living in the city for three years now, I’ve cultivated a list of my favorite bars and cafés. Whether you’re looking for a wine bar, fancy cocktails, or great Happy Hour deals, I’ve got you covered. So, without further adieu, here are my top 5 bars in Bordeaux!

Chez Fred

Chez Fred is a lovely café whether you’re looking for a pick-me-up coffee or an evening drink with a view. You’ll be situated outside on Place du Palais right in front of the impressive Porte Caihlu. This is one of my favorite spots to sit down and journal for a while! Servers are always nice and the view never gets old.

Vintage Café

Located on the quais with views of the garonne, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a good happy hour. You can get a pint of their Vintage beer for €4 from 4 pm to  7:30 pm. After that, pints are around €6 and wine prices range starting at €3. There’s also delicious small plates like camembert (paired with some red wine yum) and charcuterie boards.

Maison du Vin

My favorite wine bar in Bordeaux! Maison du Vin is right between Grand Théâtre and Place des Quinconces and is an amazing value. You can get a great glass of bubbly for €3 and some higher-end wines (like a Margaux or Saint Julien) for around €6 or €7.  They also have a range of plate options like foie gras, cheese, and charcuterie for decent prices. You have to wait in line for a table, but it’s worth it! Fear not if you’re worried about your level of French as the servers speak great English. (Just be sure to say Bonjour/Bonsoir first).


Nestled in between the Saint Pierre and Saint Michel neighborhoods, lies Frida’s unbeatable terrace. This is the spot to be when the sun is out and with their meticulously prepared cocktails, you’ll want to stay all night long. Cocktails start at around €10 and Frida offers a variety of tapas options as well.

Mama Shelter

A rooftop bar overlooking Bordeaux’s skyline…what more can you ask for? This is definitely the fanciest option on my list with cocktails start at €12.  But with views above Hôtel de Ville, you won’t be disappointed. Just make sure to go on a clear day!

So what do you think? Have you tried any of the places on my list? Be sure to let me know if you try any of these spots or where your favorite place to sit down for a drink in Bordeaux is!



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