Chapter 3: Feel like going off the beaten track

By « Où sortir à Bordeaux ? » (‘Where to hang out in Bordeaux?’)

Charming places, quirky and unusual bars… By day or by night, whether you are from Bordeaux or a just casual visitor, exploring the lesser known side of the city is always a pleasure! The group has a talent for finding unique spots, including the five that follow:

LE BB25 | 25 rue Bouquière

While wandering through the maze of cobbled alleyways of the quartier Saint-Eloi, you might be fortunate enough to pass by the BB25. In this community-run bar decorated by artists and steeped in a warm atmosphere, you can do pretty much anything you feel like: have a drink, contemplate the works of art, chat and meet with people of all kinds… This place oozing with charm is truly reflective of the confidential Bordeaux nightlife, one of the favorites of die-hard night owls. A DJ is there on certain nights.


The Thelonious Café Jazz Club is a venue like no other offering a fusion between Jazz, Blues and World music, but also a restaurant serving savory, seasonal dishes, a wine bar, and a digital wall where photographers and video makers can exhibit their work. All of this under the roof of a 250-sq.m venue with a decoration blending items from the 1930s and contemporary ones, wood panels and industrial objects.

LE QUARTIER LIBRE | 30 rue des Vignes

As its name implies, the nighthawks who come here are free to do as they please! Quartier libre is the go-to destination to enjoy a refined meal in the cozy atmosphere of its small, hidden terrace. You may also opt for a custom-made cocktail while listening to a groovy or jazzy live show. Or you might want to keep it simple and dance to the music of the best DJs the city has to offer.

LE BARACAJOU | Quai Deschamps

This pop-up bar is only open in the summer. Large tables, families, hand-picked wines and attractive prices, that is all you need to know about the Baracajou. An ­­­­open-air bar giving on to the Garonne River, a perfect setting to relax through the season!

CENTRAL DO BRASIL | 6 rue du Port

Nestled in an alley decked with flowers in the colors of Brazil, this place is an ideal fit for all lovers of the Brazilian and Portuguese culture! The flavors of the dishes and the typical cocktails will take you there instantly. Guests can also wiggle to the sound of typical music like forrò or samba, and even watch a demonstration of Capoeira.