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Bordeaux: bars, clubs & things to do
Which are the best bars and clubs in Bordeaux?
What are the best things to do? I will be there for a couple of days in June.
Re: Bordeaux: bars, clubs & things to do
It's been a while, but there are bars and clubs in the bigger towns. I had the most fun visiting wineries and drinking free wine!! And the staff will be helpful with tips for the rest of the evening! Good luck.
RE: Bordeaux: bars, clubs & things to do
Of course it always depends on what you like... but here is the general way things work in bordeaux which I first found wierd but anyway...
In Bordeaux centre, there are lots of choices to start the night, for example, there are several english pubs that are popular The Houses of Parliament, Frog and Rosbif, The Connamarra. Then there is Calle Ocho, an incredibly popular cuban bar, and Xing Xing, a japanese themed bar. If you want something more French, where you sit, smoke and discute then try Bar Milo, near Place du Pierre There are also lots and lots of bars in Place de la victoire. The problem with the bars in the centre is that they all close at 2am. If you want a bigger night, then you need to go to les quais (which are about 5mins walk from Gare St Jean) where you will find bars open till 4ish... a popular one there that is free entry is Austin. The other option other than les quais is Pier 6, which is arguably better but you will need to get a taxi because of distance and safety (taxis are 10eu). If you are still game, you can try an 'After' which technically open at 6am, but you will find most open before then. The only one that I have been to is called Zanzi Bar and is near les quais.
Travel Tips for Bordeaux
The Place of the Old Bordeaux
Les Places du Vieux Bordeaux ont été aménagées du XIIIe au XXe siècle pour répondre aux besoins économiques, administratifs et religieux des citadins.
Les vieilles dalles, posées lors des dernières rénovations, réactualisent le souvenir du nouveau marché royal voulu par Tourny vers 1750.
La place Camille Jullian fut la dernière trouée pratiquée dans la vieille ville, en 1935. Aujourd’hui, l’animation des marchés et des terrasses de restaurants redonne vie à ces espaces urbains.
The Place of the Old Bordeaux have been arranged of the XIIIth in the XXth century to answer the needs economic, administrative and religious of the city-dwellers.
The old tiles, calm at the time of the last renovations, actualize the memory of the new royal market wanted by Tourny toward 1750.
The place Camille Jullian was the last opening practiced in the old city, in 1935. Today, the animation of the markets and the terraces of restaurants gives back life in these urban spaces.
My favorite restaurant is...
My favorite restaurant is called ' Le Galluchat'. It is located close to St Pierre place. There are many different restaurants all around the place and this is definitively the place to go when dining in Bordeaux.
But, whatever restaurant you go in, you won't be disappointed as Bordeaux's food is excellent and you have delicious wines to go with!! I loved to have a 'Salade de Gesiers' or some 'foie gras' to begin, and then a special meat with some good red wine...and I always finished with a good ice cream!!
Contemporary Art Gallery CAPC
Bordeaux's musée d'Art contemporain is an impressive place by the River Garonne. It is housed in a colossal stone warehouse which was used to store food imports throughout the nineteenth century. It now has an impressive vaulted gallery space on the ground floor and smaller exhibition spaces on the upper floors and roof. To be honest it is also the darkest gallery building I've ever entered! Though there were a number of video displays that benefitted from this low lighting.
The works on show were quite interesting, a wide variety of media including several large sculptures, paintings, installations and audio-visuals. Be warned that there was hardly anything in English so it helps to have a reasonable understanding of French if you want to understand the written information.
Open (except Mondays) 11am to 6pm. Admission charge for adults (2007) was 5 euros. There is a pleasant restaurant on the roof which has set menus for 20-25 euros.
Pont de Pierre
This is the oldest bridge in Bordeaux and connects Bordeaux with Bordeau Bastide. It was build in the early 19th century on the order of Napoleon. In daylight i was not very impressed but i liked the bridge a lot when it was lit up for the night.
Bordeaux - Tramway Construction
What I like to highlight here is, the whole town (main part of town) is under construction cause they're building the line for the tram that's gonna pass through the main areas and.. It's a beautiful town.. But it was quite difficult to make out what the town really looks like without the construction.. It's a small neat place. Plenty of shopping... Journey to vineyard was amazing... The chateaux!!!! Wow... Blew me away... I would go back one fine day.. When the town is done with THAT conmstruction.. Was there during the Tour De France race when it came to town.. I don't go for stuff like that, but THAT was fun.. It looked and felt like a safe town.. Walked alone at midnight and it was fine.. Everything's in the same spot, and shopping was easier than in Paris.. Hey, I can't help it! It was the Summer Sale!! and Bordeaux is... wow...
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