Bordeaux is lively year-round with plenty of restaurants and wine bars perfect for a night out. However, summer is when the city truly shines with numerous rooftops, terrace cafes, and open bars. Many outdoor bars are only open during the summer, so you have a limited time to enjoy them.

In this article, I’ve included some of my favorite rooftops and terraces across Bordeaux. Some are posh and chic, while others are simple and relaxed—there’s something for everyone. Each district in Bordeaux has a unique vibe, so visit a few to truly experience the city’s spirit. 

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La guinguette chez Alriq – the best tavern in town

La Guinguette chez Alriq is one of my favorite places in Bordeaux and its opening event usually means that summer has officially started! The Guinguette is a big tavern located on the right banks of the Garonne in the Bastide neighborhood, hosting plenty of open-air concerts every summer. The performing bands and artists come from all over the world and create a laid-back party atmosphere. You can see their program here.

what to do in the summer in Bordeaux
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Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux / When: Wed – Sun 

Les Chantiers de la Garonne

Just next door to Chez Alriq, you can find one of Bordeaux’s best-hidden gems: Les Chantiers de la Garonne. This old hangar has been transformed into a sailing club and a restaurant with one of the best outdoor spaces in Bordeaux. Located on the banks of the Garonne River, the restaurant features an outdoor area that feels like a real beach. Low wooden tables are scattered over fine white sand, adorned with fresh seafood and cold bottles of white wine.

Les Chantiers de la Garonne - beach like restaurant
Les Chantiers de la Garonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Where: 21 Quai de Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux /  When:  open daily, see the hours here.

Mama Shelter – THE Bordeaux rooftop

Mama Shelter is likely the most popular summer rooftop bar in Bordeaux. Its funky design and original cocktails contribute to its appeal, but the prime location also plays a significant role. Situated next to Cathedral Saint André, it offers one of the best views of the city. For evening visits, booking in advance is recommended. Mama Shelter is also one of the best hotels to stay in when visiting Bordeaux.

The most popular rooftop in Bordeaux - Mama shelter
Mama Shelter- by Lost in Bordeaux

Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux / When: Open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, see specific hours here.

Les Planches Éphémères

Les Planches Éphémères is a huge outdoor bar located next to Le Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux, offering a refreshing and relaxing experience near the Bordeaux Lake. The venue features two bars, a DJ set, a giant screen, and a vast chill-out area under the trees. You’ll also find food spaces, a stage, musical programming, a basin, pétanque and molkky courts, yoga sessions, and various seasonal activities. The place is open every day until September 15.

Where: Rue Jean Samazeuilh, Parc des expositions, 33000 Bordeaux / When: open daily from May 15 to Sep 16.

The Rooftop of UCPA Sport Station

The UCPA Sport Station Bordeaux is a vibrant multisport complex and community hub. It offers a variety of activities, from sports and concerts to exhibitions and DJ sets. Located on the Brazza docks, this transparent building features facilities for squash, fitness, climbing, and escape games. The highlight is the rooftop, complete with a golf and minigolf practice area, perfect for relaxing in the sun before, during, or after your activities. See the program of events here.

Where: 10 Rue Charles Chaigneau, 33100 Bordeaux / When: open daily, see hours.

Plage de L’IBOAT

The Iboat is a three-level ferry, anchored at one of the docks of Bassins à Flot, primarily known as a concert venue. During summer, it transforms into “La Plage de L’IBOAT,” a lively outdoor space with a bar, comfy sofas, and various events. It’s one of the best summer bars in Bordeaux for an afternoon drink. Check out their list of concerts and events here.

Iboat Bassin a Flot Bordeaux
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Where: Bassin à Flot n°1, Cours Henri Brunet, 33300 Bordeaux / When: Every day, check out the list of events on their website

Le Bar de la Marine

Le Bar de la Marine is another hidden gem and like many places in this list, it’s also located in the Bacalan district. A few minutes walk from la Cité du Vin, you’ll pass by a little restaurant that doesn’t seem very impressive from the outside, but once you enter the door you’ll discover a magical universe. 

Since 2019, the Bar de la Marine belongs to chef Frederic Coiffe who not only makes great food but also knows how to create a perfect summer vibe. The restaurant has a secret garden in the back where you can enjoy lunch, meet friends for an afternoon drink, or have a delicious family brunch on Sunday. See more details on their Facebook page.

Bar de la Marine - one of the best summer bars in Bordeaux
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Where: 28 Rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux / When: open daily – see hours on their Facebook page

Effet Mer

If you didn’t have enough reasons to go to Bassin a flot, here’s another one. Effet Mer is a fun summer bar with daily life concerts and DJ sets. The bar is located just next to Les Bassins des Lumières, one of the best art venues in Bordeaux. A perfect opportunity to combine art with afternoon drinks!

Where: 280 Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux / When: open daily from May 3 to Sep 7, see the opening hours here.

Gina 

Another very popular summer place in Bordeaux is Gina, a rooftop bar and Italian restaurant located at the new Renaissance hotel in the Bassin a flot district. The place is open seven days a week and on weekends offers brunch as well. The restaurant requires a prior reservation, you can see more details and book here

Gina restaurant and rooftop in Bordeaux
Gina restaurant and rooftop – Lost in Bordeaux

Where: Place des Millésimes, 33300 Bordeaux / When: open daily – see the hours here.

Domaine de Raba

The beautiful chateau of Demaine de Raba is well hidden in a residential neighborhood in Talence. This place is a bit hard to describe as it has everything from a spa to a fancy restaurant, a bar, and different events like cinema nights and morning yoga. The menu of the bar changes every week and it has many special evenings with Dj sets and concerts. Booking in advance is recommended, you can do it online here

In case you’re also looking for a romantic weekend, you should check out their cute hotel – Hôtel Domaine de Raba Bordeaux Sud.

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Where: 35 Rue Rémi Belleau, 33400 Talence

Les Halles de Talence

The Talence market is the little brother of the Bacalan market, built by Biltoki in December 2018. Inside the market, you can find a very good cheese stand, tapas, Moroccan food, sushi, oysters, and more. The prices are a bit high except for the bar, which has a great variety of wines at a good price. The best part, however, is the outdoor area! Plenty of tables are spread in the afternoon between the market and the other restaurants in the Forum and you can enjoy a really fun apero or dinner with a very local vibe. 

Halles de Talence - chic market near Bordeaux
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Where: Place Alcala de Henares, 33400 Talence /  When:  Daily except for Mondays, the market closes for a break between 14:30 to 16:30 on weekdays 

Canopee Café in Merignac

If you want to avoid the city center, Canopée Café in Merignac is a great option! It has an indoor restaurant (open for lunch and dinner) and a chic rooftop with a huge selection of cocktails and a pétanque court, called the Bodega. Located in Merignac’s industrial zone, it lacks the views of Bordeaux’s rooftop bars but is stylish and has plenty of parking. For groups of 15 or more, booking is required. See more details here.

Canopée Café Mérignac - chic rooftop near Bordeaux
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Where: Face Mérignac Soleil, 1 Chemin de Pouchon, 33700 Mérignac / When:  The rooftop (La Bodega) is open Mon to Sat from 17:30.

Moxy Terrace

Moxi, a 3-star hotel next to the Bacalan market, offers a terrace with a light, fun, and unpretentious vibe. The bar features a chic, kid-friendly interior and a lively outdoor space. Like many summer bars, Moxi hosts numerous live shows and DJ sets. Check out their program here.

Where: 25 Quai du Maroc, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Le Café Utopia

Last on our list is Utopia, an independent cinema in an ancient church, l’église du Vieux Bordeaux. At its entrance, you’ll find Cafe Utopia, a great bistro for work or a casual drink. The best part is the terrace, with plenty of tables on the lively Place Camille Jullian. It’s a top spot for a simple drink in the city center, rain permitting.

Cafe Utopia - one of the best terraces in Bordeaux
Cafe Utopia – one of the best terraces in Bordeaux

Where: 5 Place Camille Jullian, 33000 Bordeaux /  When:  Daily from 10:00 to 22:30

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More fun things to do in Bordeaux during the summer season!
The Ultimate Guide to Bordeaux 
Best things to do in Bordeaux this summer
The best places to visit in Arcachon
Best beaches near Bordeaux
Wine tasting in Bordeaux
Night markets in the SW of France

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4 Comments

  1. Great article! We’re finally heading to Bordeaux in October. Likely these fun places will be closed though.

    • Ira Szmuk

      Thank you 🙂 October is kind of the limit, it can still be quite warm here so some places maybe still open…

  2. This is a great article! I can’t wait to visit all of these lovely bars!! Great job! I so appreciate you and your postings!

    • Ira Szmuk

      Thank you so so much Susan!!! Bordeaux is amazing in the summer!