Bordeaux is a great place for good value food, wine and ambience and is the best base when visiting the vineyards of Bordeaux. After a busy day in the region’s châteaux relax in its atmospheric bars and restaurants. Having lived in Bordeaux for the past 25 years (and a food and wine guide), here are my favorites (which are well-appreciated by my clients as well, yes when you visit Bordeaux it is a food and wine marathon so get training!).
Before Dinner have your aperitif at Le Bar à Vin the modern ground floor of the Maison du Vin of Bordeaux wines (CIVB). Here you can sample a range of wines from 24 different appellations of Bordeaux. The best is to ask for half glasses so you can taste more. The range of wines changes every few months. Nibble on charcuterie or local (and not so local) cheeses! Contemporarily decorated and always busy, it shows that Bordeaux is not so old-fashioned any more.
3 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux
05 56 00 43 47
For a Romantic Dinner tête à tête there is no better place than the cosy, intimate and delicious Le Croc Loup run by huband and wife team, Isabelle and Xavier. I discovered this over 15 years ago and it has been a firm favorite ever since for refined gastro food at affordable prices. Everyone I recommend it to loves it too.
35 Rue du Loup, 33000 Bordeaux
05 56 44 21 19
For french bistrot ambience, great Bordeaux food (entrecote, duck, charcuterie straight from the farm) cooked plainly but excellently it has to be La Brasserie Bordelaise. Run be a Young team they are professional and good service. The wine list is very comprehensive and shows that the owners are on the Inside of the Bordeaux wine scene.
50 Rue Saint-Rémi, 33000 Bordeaux
05 57 87 11 91
After dinner to continue the night in a fun and lively way visit Le Wine Bar in the old quartier of St Pierre in Bordeaux for something different. Here you can taste wines from different régions of France, Europe and even the world accompanied by a distinctly Italian flavour hosted by Emmanuel and Giancarlo.
19 Rue des Bahutiers, 33000 Bordeaux
06 76 00 50 54