Quality Hotel & Suites Nantes Beaujoire
27 rue du Chemin Rouge
Phone: (33) 2 14000789
Fax: (33) 2 14000780
Bars & Cafes
This bar gives you the chance to check out the city's art scene. Work by local artists is displayed in the bar's hip and trendy surroundings where an evening organized around the theme of the current exhibition takes place each week. Once a month there's a “soirée week-end” featuring some of the artists whose work is on show. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and sample some of the bar's excellent range of drinks, which includes a wide selection of beers.
In an age where art is about state-of-the-art technology, laser shows and interactive installations, there still remains a cafe theater in Nantes which remains faithful to old school entertainment like mime artists, puppetry, marionettes, juggling, slapstick comedy, poetry readings, mime and improvisational theater. For the musically inclined, reggae, jazz, rock and other genres are covered. Check their website for a list of upcoming events.
Le Canotier is one of the finest jazz clubs in downtown Nantes. Situated by the beautiful Erdre River, Canotier's gorgeous terrace provides breathtaking views of the city and the dockside. Visitors sip beer, with soothing music for company. Jazz concerts at the venue are a top draw! Call ahead for event information.
This popular café close to the River Erdre has a small terrace from which you can watch boats on the river between the passing trams. A short walk across the nearby bridge takes you to the Ile de Versailles and its magnificent Japanese garden: a magical place for people of all ages. The café is one of those rare places where you can take time to enjoy life's simpler pleasures. An enjoyable spot in which to have a coffee or play a game of darts.
With its choice of over 1400 song titles, this well known karaoke bar with a varied clientele gives you the chance to sing your heart out. The large rooms in this bar have seating for 120 and are equipped with giant screens and monitors, meaning that you can still follow the words while dancing or having a drink. Each act is recorded on video cassette, a copy of which you can buy to see if your performance needs any improving! Call ahead for open hours.
L'Hurluberlu bar located in Nantes is an absolutely fun place to be in. Locals throng this lively bar for its cheerful atmosphere. Where drinks are concerned, you will not be disappointed with their extensive selection. Moreover, it is also famous for its live acts ranging from solo musicians, to bands performing some real good music. An excellent place to come on a weekend where you can watch some splendid performances.
This Latin American bar close to Place Louis XVI has a crazy South American ambience. Try the excellent tapas and tortillas, drink a house pina colada and then dance the night away until 4 in the morning (the restaurant closes at 3am). A fairly young, cosmopolitan crowd frequents what is undoubtedly one of the best bars of its kind in Nantes.
This lively bar close to Saint-Pierre Cathedral is spread over two levels. Its two spacious rooms are furnished with large wooden tables and comfortable benches. Popular with alternative rock music fans, this reasonably priced bar's once-monthly concerts (6-10pm) are well worth checking out.
Step into this friendly bar and you're in for a surprise, as it's just like being at home: drinks are served in the bar's Formica kitchen, its bedroom…and even in the bath! Before settling down make sure you have a quick tour of the interior as its kitschy, seventies décor is worth a look. The music played features all the latest hits (especially techno) and the heated terrace is open afternoon and evening. This isn't a hotel though - so don't think you can stay the night!
Set amidst earthy and soothing tones, 4 Sens or 4 Directions in Nantes, is a haven for food lovers. Serving quality meats and salads, this quaint little treasure in the heart of the city is one eye-catcher. The food is sumptuous, the music lively and the ambiance simply entrancing. Apart from organizing live shows and concerts, 4 Sens also features exhibits of on a regulr basis. The restaurant has a decent menu and serves tasty and wholesome fare. Start off with a crispy fresh salad, followed by the delicious Oeuf mayonnaise and the classic Fondue au muscadet ou à l'anjou and end it with the Dame blanche. Enjoy the dulcet tones and notes and wash all this down, with a frothy cup of Irisch coffee. This one surely merits a visit, when in Nantes.
Conveniently located close to the station, this bar is housed in a tugboat on the Saint Félix canal. Given a new lease of life, this former dredger now pulsates to the sounds of world music. Spread over three levels, the bar's sheet metal and wooden décor gives it its unique atmosphere, which attracts a mostly young, student crowd. Quite unlike any of the city's other bars and packed at weekends.
Not far from the Prefecture is a bar with a distinctive atmosphere and décor to match of multicoloured mosaics, mirrors and a long, narrow bar. Particularly busy in the early evening, rock sounds provided by the resident DJ ensure that the bar's young, cosmopolitan clientele won't want to head elsewhere. Great place for a drink.