Bordeaux has a vibrant nightlife, with many opportunities for a great night out.
You’ll find a great selection of venues scattered around the city. In particular, the area around the docks is full of places to check out. For example there’s quai du Paludate, which is rich with bars and clubs. Other places to check out include Gambetta, Place de la Victoire, and Place du Parlement.
From opera to gambling, Bordeaux offers a wide variety of night time activities. Check out a show at Le Grand Theâtre on Place de la Comedia or try your luck at Casino de Bordeaux, which is located inside the Hôtel Sofitel Bordeaux Lac on Rue Cardinal Richaud.
The smoking ban is in operation here, so there’s no smoking in public places.
To find out what’s happening in Bordeaux on any given night, pick up Bordeaux Plus or Clubs et Concerts. These publications are filled with listings and helpful information.
122 quai Bacalan, Bordeaux, France
A large club, Le Nautilus often plays host to international DJs. This is the place to go in Bordeaux to hear house, techno and trance music. Other music nights are also held here. Popular and modern, the club filled up quickly, despite its size, so get there early.
Open Thurs-Sun 11pm-5am.
48 quai de Paludate, Bordeaux, France
You’ll find this unusual bar down by the quay surrounded by clubs. Its décor is very interesting with lots of bright, vivid colours. The music is largely 90s. A popular spot, it regularly hosts theme nights.
Open Wed-Sun 10pm-5am; free entry.
46 Place Gambetta, Bordeaux, France
Located downtown, this bar has a huge terraced seating area outdoors. As well as a varied drinks selection, it also serves a range of light meals and snacks.
Open Mon-Sat 7.30am-12am, bar open 11am-12am.
2 place de la Comedie, Bordeaux, France
One of Europe’s most beautiful 18th century structures, Le Grand Theâtre was built between 1773 and 1780. The National Orchestra perform here, and it’s also a great place to go if you want to take in an opera or ballet. Tours of the venue are available, and there’s a café too.