As you'd expect in a city that was built on the wine trade, Bordeaux is dotted with wine bars offering not only local drops but also wines from around the world. A local licensing law, however, means wine bars are not allowed to serve wine unless it is accompanied by at least one dish (no matter how small).
A wine bar, a restaurant, wine shop and luxury grocer rolled into one, but owner Fabrice Moisan's focus is very much on wine with 1,300 labels to choose from including many old and rare bottles. Think vertical tastings and dishes like local scallops with truffle, or slabs of rich foie gras.
2. La Ligne Rouge
This wine bar in the old city boasts a selection of “wines of the world and beyond”. That means a range of French and imported wines, many of them organic or biodynamic, with at least 12 available by the glass. The wines are accompanied by charcutuerie or cheese plates.
3. Aux Quatre Coins du Vin
There are around 40 wines available by the glass (tasting pour, half glass or full glass) via high-tech Oenomatic machines in this busy, friendly place (and the selection always includes some overseas interlopers). There is something in everyone's price range and the bar snacks are outstanding.
4. Wine More Time
With a constantly evolving wine list, this is both a wine shop and a wine bar with a selection of around 400 wines from all over France at affordable prices, many sourced from the proprietor. For more serious wine lovers there are courses and tastings. Also a good selection of global beers and spirits.
5. Le Bar à Vin du CIVB
This is the official wine bar of the Bordeaux Wine Council, an entertaining and educational place for a glass or two whether you favour reds, dry and sweet whites or rosés. There are at least 30 wine available by the glass with trained sommeliers on hand to answer questions.
6. Books and Coffee
When all that wine becomes too much, Books and Coffee, in a post-industrial space, is renowned for serving some of the best coffees and teas in Bordeaux. This breakfast and brunch café with an outside terrace offers tea and coffee tastings and also bulk sales.
7. Ibaia Café
On the Quai de Chatrons, overlooking the Garonne River, this is a very cool place for a cocktail, glass of wine or quick meal as cyclists, joggers, rollerbladers and skateboards roll by. Think great views, tapas plates with a glass of wine, or meals with a Basque country accent.
8. Jaqen Craft Beer
Yes, it is possible to find a good beer in wine-centric Bordeaux. This minimalist space open less than 12 months, offers a range of artisan beers by the bottle and has at least six on tap. Think Les Brasseurs du Grand Paris or Brasserie Correzienne. Busy with a hip crowd at weekends.
9. La Diplomate
Surprisingly, Bordeaux has several shops specialising in teas from around the world, and this is arguably the best – with its own tea room. Locals rave about the relaxed atmosphere and friendly service and there is also free wifi for customers while they enjoy a cuppa.
10. Le Wine Bar
A small, friendly wine bar noted for its helpful staff and good-value snack plates. In the characterful St Pierre district, it offers around 340 different labels, many available by the glass, and the range includes Bordeaux, rest of France, Italy and wines from around the world.