Starting at place du Parlement, the tiny streets are filled with night spots and tapas bars, particularly as you approach place St-Pierre and place Camille-Jullian. Place Gambetta and place de la Victoire swarm with students. Night owls in Bordeaux gravitate toward quai du Paludate, where restaurants, bars, and discos remain open until the wee hours.
The hottest drinking spot in Bordeaux is Le Calle Ocho, (24 rue des Piliers de Tutelle, www.calle-ocho.eu, [tel] 05-56-48-08-68), a red-and-black enclave of Cuban music, photographs, and mojitos. Just up the street is Wato-Sita (8 rue des Piliers de Tutelle, [tel] 05-56-52-61-85), another happening bar with an Afro-Latin vibe and a bar that serves 50 different types of rums. For a more laidback night on the town, Café Populaire (1 rue Kléber, www.cafepop.fr, [tel] 05-56-94-39-06) is a fun place to have a drink and mix with the natives.
For dancing, try La Plage (40 quai de Paludate, www.laplage-leclub.fr, [tel] 05-56-84-89-23), with its 1970s decor and just as classic 25- to 45-year-old crowd. La Dame de Shanghai (Quai A. Lalande, www.damedeshanghai.com, [tel] 05-57-10-20-50), a restaurant-bar-club in a moored boat in the Bassins a Flot, is another good bet for a late night.
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