The best craft beer in Bordeaux, France

When most people think of drinking in Bordeaux, there’s one thing that comes to mind: wine. And for sure, wine tasting in Bordeaux is something you’ll absolutely do there. However, there is a small beer scene as well. When I was there, I visited a few beer bars. Here’s my guide to the best craft beer in Bordeaux, France.

Jaqen

Bordeaux might not have many craft beer spots, but one of them stands out as a fantastic bar. Jaqen would be one of the best craft beer bars in any city, so it’s especially cool that they are located in a city with a small scene.

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They only have 6 taps, but this is supplemented with hundreds of bottles.

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They have a wide variety of French craft beer as well as more from all over Europe. They specialize in having a selection from lots of small craft brewers such as Brasserie du Grand Paris, La Débauche, Brasserie Corrézienne, Brasserie Bendorf, La P’tite Maiz’, and Bordeaux Beer Factory. When a place has a nascent scene, it’s always great when bars do everything they can to support them. Jaquen is a bottle shop, so you can take the beer to go, or you can sit inside.

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Anybody looking for great craft beer in Bordeaux knows to come to Jaqen. Their bartenders are all knowledgeable about French beer, and everyone was friendly. There was a nice amount of seating at the bar, along with tables scattered throughout. It’s a really great vibe, with good music playing as well.

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Jaqen doesn’t have an extensive food menu, but what they had in there included some of the best bar snacks I’ve ever had. I had rilletes, aged Gouda, and mozzarella di buffalo for my dinner one night. The aged Gouda made my eyes roll back into my head like I was on heroin.

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If you want great craft beer in Bordeaux, Jaqen is by far the best place to go for a wide variety of French brews.

Frog & Rosbif

Frog & Rosbif is owned by FrogBeer. While the brewery is based in Paris, they have a few brewpubs around the country, including this one in Bordeaux.

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The bar features 8 taps of their own beer, plus a few more options in bottles. Unfortunately, no flights are available, but they do offer half-pints.

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Frog & Rosbif also has other drinks, including shots & cocktails. This can lead to a bit of a bro-tastic atmosphere on weekends, or at other times when sporting events are showing on the TVs. That aside, it’s a big, friendly, and busy bar.

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Sweeney Todd’s

Sweeney Todd’s is a small, intimate British-style pub located near the Garrone. It has a British pub menu, plus British ales. There are also a couple of craft beer options such as BrewDog.

Craft Beer Bottle Shops in Bordeaux

I also spotted a couple of places that look like great spots to pick up bottles of craft beer in Bordeaux.

Malt & Co is located along Rue du Palais Gallien, not far from Baud et Millet. The shop has a nice selection of craft beer & whiskey.

Au Coeur du Malt is in the main shopping area along Rue Georges Bonnac. Although it’s also a bottle shop, it has a bit more of a bar feeling with tasting available. They have 200 beers & 300 whiskies available.

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While wine culture dominates the local drinking scene, recent years have seen a little niche growth for craft beer in Bordeaux. If you’re looking for a bit of a break from wine tasting, there are at least a few options available, especially the outstanding Jaqen.

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