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Going out at night in La Rochelle: our favourite bars

Published 08/07/2020 - Updated 27/10/2022
Bar La Rochelle : verre sur une table
Les Conteurs

La Rochelle and the surrounding villages are full of interesting bars to explore at night. Bars with festive or intimate atmospheres, indoors or out, to enjoy a drink or an evening buffet: discover our favourite bars to enjoy your nights in La Rochelle. 

Bar La Guignette in La Rochelle: an unmissable early evening spot

A veritable institution, La Guignette is a must for your evenings in La Rochelle. Once the place where sailors would meet for a drink, the bar – whose decor has hardly changed over the years – attracts a wide audience, including many La Rochelle locals. 
Located in the Saint-Nicolas district, take a seat or stand around a barrel while you savour the house specialty: la Guignette, an aperitif made with wine and fruit. But remember, the bar opens early in the afternoon and closes its doors at 9 p.m. at the latest: a bell rings at the end of the aperitif... Meet you at La Guignette!

La Guignette La Rochelle
© La Guignette

La Guignette in La Rochelle
The quirky St-Nicolas district

Going out "guinguette" style in La Rochelle

With cheerful, busy atmospheres, waterside terraces, festive decoration, coloured lights, and tapas to accompany an aperitif: the spirit of the guinguette – a sort of outdoor tavern – makes itself at home in La Rochelle. To make the most of the warmth of long summer evenings, these guinguette bars are the perfect places to meet up for an aperitif. 

Bar guinguette : L'Endroit à La Rochelle
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Our favourite guinguette bars in La Rochelle and the surroundings:

  • La Trinquette: between the old town and the park, this guinguette is located along the Lafond river, below the Rue de la Monnaie in La Rochelle. 
  • L’Endroit: there's a real bric-a-brac shop atmosphere in this guinguette, located behind the Plage de la Concurrence in La Rochelle
  • Le Bar de la Plage: a new location for 2020 at Chef de Baie beach in La Rochelle
  • Le Bar du France 1: an unusual guinguette on the France 1 bridge in La Rochelle
  • La Havane: trendy guinguette with swimming pool, by the sea on Rue de l'Oasis in Yves
  • L’Anse de Pampin: guinguette overlooking the sea, on Rue du Front de Mer in l'Houmeau
  • Aytré Beach: the open-air dance cafe-style summer festival, from 13 July to 5 September 2020
  • La Petite Havane: open-air dance cafe down on the beach at Châtelaillon-Plage

Trending: cocktail bars in La Rochelle

Top tip for fans: the cocktail bars in La Rochelle are the perfect locations to sip on your favourite fruity drinks. Bold combinations, with or without alcohol: the mixologist bartenders of La Rochelle compete with their creativity, concocting new cocktails for you to discover.

Bar à cocktails : Le Mary Lili à La Rochelle
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The Mary Lili, the latest arrival to the scene, opened in summer 2019 in La Rochelle

This cocktail bar is located just a stone's throw from the Tour de la Chaîne, in a completely renovated historic site with modern and industrial touches. Nicolas, the house mixologist, has developed a cocktail menu with unique combinations, made from homemade syrups and fresh ingredients.

The Mary Lili in La Rochelle

L'Etabli: a real lounge atmosphere

Chesterfield armchairs and sofas, low wooden tables, and subdued evening lights. The L'Etabli cocktail bar welcomes you every evening from 6.30 pm in an ultra-cosy atmosphere in the La Fabrique hotel, on Rue de la Fabrique. Always served with the highest attention to detail, cocktail glasses decorated with unmissable fresh fruits will delight your eyes just as much as your taste buds.

Bar l’Etabli in La Rochelle

Le Via Brazil, the Caribbean and Brazilian influence

With wooden cocktail glass holders topped with tropical animals, tables with animal prints and relaxing furniture ... close your eyes and let yourself be transported. You'll discover a diverse cocktail menu, with various rum-based cocktails.

The Via Brazil in La Rochelle

La Rochelle wine bars: the perfect pairing of wines and aperitif boards

There's nowhere better than a wine bar to enjoy a buffet dinner in La Rochelle. With wines to discover, paired with cheese or charcuterie boards, come along and enjoy a gourmet evening in La Rochelle. Around the Old Port of La Rochelle, the wine merchants will be delighted to share their passion for wine and good local produce with you

Fromagerie Cassius La Rochelle
© Fromagerie Cassius

Our favourite wine bars in La Rochelle

  • Le 55: Rue Saint-Nicolas: a warm and relaxed atmosphere
  • Fromagerie Cassius: new in 2019 in the St-Nicolas district – offering delicious and generous aperitif boards to snack on. 
  • La Cave 34: Rue St-Jean du Pérot, where a joyful atmosphere meets quality wines. Enjoy a bite to eat in winter to accompany your glass of wine, with the charcuterie board and a baked Mont d'Or cheese.
  • Ze’Bar: Rue de la Chaîne, an unmissable spot for lovers of natural wines, produced through organic farming.


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