In Marseille, “apéro” time (for aperitif) is a bit like teatime in England. Around 6pm, people meet to share a glass of Pastis or a beer with olives and peanuts. Good news is drinks are quite cheap in our city (2 to 3€ for a glass of vino and 3€ for half a pint). Music, sea view, party, Travel in Marseille Provence tells you all about the best and hidden places to have a drink like a proper Marseillais!
In summer, the sunset is around 9.30pm so you have half the evening to enjoy the sunbeams. If you’re looking for small lively bars and nice terraces head to the Vieux-Port and Cours d’Estienne d’Orves. Go to Cours Julien and La Plaine for a more underground atmosphere (try Le Petit Nice on La Plaine, a very popular spot).
Viaghji di Fonfon
Fall under the spell of the small fishing port called Le Vallon des Auffes. A new address recently opened, still unknown by the tourists: Viaghji di Fonfon. It’s a tapas bar literally « les pieds dans l’eau » (feet in water) as we say, managed by the restaurant Chez Fonfon (on the first floor) one Marseille most famous restaurants. Wait for sunset to enjoy a magic experience.
138 vallon des Auffes – 13007 Marseille
Red Lion (beach spot)
There are two « Red Lion » pubs in Marseille, one is on Cours Julien and the second near the Prado beaches and the skate bowl. This is a really cool spot, loved by young people, especially skateboarders coming after a skate session. Sport lives are often broadcasted (football and rugby). Again, a nice place to admire the sunset as the terrace is facing the see.
231 Avenue Pierre Mendès France, 13008 Marseille
Le Petit Pavillon
In le Petit Pavillon, festivities start as early as Thursday with the “Fiestas du Petit Pavillon”. Events happen in the afternoon and stop at 6pm, so “apéro” time can start! Then, Apéros/Tapas happen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7pm
54 promenade de la Corniche John Kennedy, 13007 Marseille
Le petit Longchamp
Le petit Longchamp is a very trendy spot. Located in the heart of the city centre, it organises “apéros mix” (drinks and music) every Friday. The bar, a nice restaurant during daytime, also offers gourmet plates to enjoy with your drink. If you like Mojitos, it is said that Mister Bob mojitos are heaven!
Friday from 7pm
135 rue Consolat, 13001 Marseille
Le 20 000 lieues
The 20 000 lieues is one of Marseille emblematic bars (and boats!). Apéro with tapas happens between 6 and 9pm, with deep house music. Unfortunately, the boat won’t take you to Turkey or Corsica, but stays on the platform. Don’t fall into water!
From Tuesday, 6 -9pm12 boulevard Alexandre Delabre, 13008 Marseille
Les apéros du bateau
(only in summer) The Borderliner collective organises drinks in the middle of the sea! Every Sunday 7.30-10.30pm, until the 30est of August. Take the boat on the Vieux-Port and head towards the calanques, the Frioul islands during 3 hours. These events are very popular and often full, we recommend you to book early.
Departing time 7pm on the Vieux-Port
La cabane dans les arbres (the tree hut)
This is an unusual spot for drinks: a tree hut! Open everyday until September, the tree hut belongs to Le Carry Nation collective. Look out for other dates on Le Carry Nation website. This collective specializes in the tradition of cocktails making, and especially fresh cocktails. In La cabane dans les arbres, you will taste delicious mix made of fresh fruit and aromatic herbs (some directly growing on the site’s ground!). Booking is mandatory !
Every evening 7pm-1am
Place Farigoule – Château des Creissauds, 13400 Aubagne