Every summer it's the same refrain - "so, where do we meet tonight?" In the city centre, above the port, feet in the sand, by the sea, or in nature? A safe bet or a new spot to discover? To dance, to eat, or to rethink the world? So we have put together our little list of first-class outdoor drinks and aperos that will answer all your questions. Raise a glass to your health and happiness!
THE MOST URBAN / L’Abri
We resolved to discuss the world’s problems, but in the end it was just a nice boozy evening at l’Abri. It’s normal, because here at this bar and restaurant the good times flow. Forget about those all-purpose tapas bars, you will go the extra mile here because it’s so good!
> Tuesday to Saturday from 18:00 to 23:00
THE MOST MAGICAL / L’îlot de la Corniche
“It’s a rock! No, it’s a peak! What am I saying, is it a cape? Or is it a peninsula?” a famous character might have exclaimed at the sight of this festive promontory nestled under the Corniche. Undoubtedly the most beautiful panorama over the harbour of Marseille and its islands. A plancha for snacks, a bar well stocked with wines and cocktails, and some fine music to accompany memorable sunsets.
> 22 June to 30 September / every day as the weather allows / 18:00 – 22:00
Reservation by SMS or 06 24 51 14 38 for tables of more the 6 people.
THE MOST RELAXING / Le Cabanon de Paulette
Paulette has put a bit on the hips over the years but we’ll admit that it’s still a total thrill to contemplate the sunset after a swim while enjoying a fresh rosé and some tapas on a beach mat, right?
> Everyday from 18:00
THE MOST AQUATIC / Le Bar sur L’eau
The ideal spot to take a “date”. If it doesn’t work out at the end of the evening you forget about it because here you’ve got the complete package; a dream setting at the entrance to the Old Port, delicious cocktails and tapas, and a playlist for music lovers!
>Every day from 17:00 to midnight (entry €2)
THE MOST WEST COAST / La Cabane des Amis
With its blue wooden chalet facing a large beach and the sea just in front you’ll almost think you are on the west coast of France, were it not for the desperately flat sea of course 😉 On the deckchairs, tables, bar tables, terraces or mats, we meet friends from lunch until sunset accompanied by good sounds and delicious small dishes.
> Every day of the summer / Plage du Roucas Blanc / opposite 67 Promenade Georges Pompidou – 13008 Marseille
THE MOST RURAL / Le Couvent Levat
Whilst the fate of the Levat Convent is not yet sealed – although it is secretly hoped that it can continue its artistic and festive missions – we can now add to their original program between residents and guest artists. In an unexpected country setting in the heart of the Belle de Mai you can frolic in music and you will understand why we love hanging out there so much; especially in the evening.
> Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 23:00 / Free entry (€2 membership)
THE COOLEST / Le Baou
In just two seasons, the Baou has established itself as the number one dance floor under the stars of Marseille. A breathtaking panorama of the Port, a music program that focuses on discovery, regular performances from the excellent local collective Maraboutage, endless bars, chill spots and contagious energy. The recipe for a successful evening!
> Thursday to Saturday from 19:00 (see website)
THE MOST FESTIVE / Le Chapiteau
A festive place that is committed to the environment, the Chapiteau is a proud example in the Belle de Mai district. On the colourful installations of its summer garden made with salvaged material, we enjoy organic tapas and pizzas along with the rich musical program.
> From Wednesday to Sunday, 18:00 to midnight
THE MOST ARTY / Sam Kitchen à Montévideo
Since Sam has taken over the stoves of this beautiful art centre hidden in the heights of Breteuil we can take advantage of the long summer evenings to rethink the world in good company. There is a soul to this tree-lined courtyard, and the Bistrot spirit inevitably turns you into a philosopher or a poet. Take the opportunity to see the exhibitions and attend the shows that take place there.
> From Wednesday to Friday from 18:00 to 23:00
THE MOST REMOTE / Le Talus
Wedged between the road interchanges, this 1 hectare of former wasteland which allows you to discover urban agriculture in Marseille is worth a detour. You can also come to eat, have a drink, read a book or dance; especially on Friday evenings with the trio of the Extend & Play label. Also, take the opportunity to stock up on good products from the farmers’ market.
>Friday , Saturday and Sunday from 15:00 to 22:45
THE MOST MISTIC / La Voûte Virgo
Wedged under the esplanade of the la cathédrale de la Major, it is the spot for contemplative afterworks (oh the beautiful sunsets on the mythical Cranes of the port), or the beginning of festive evenings. Electro-house sets by Paul or Did (the residents) or guest DJs, and a programme of exhibitions to take a break from the dancing.
> Tuesday to Saturday from 18:00 to 23:00
THE MOST CLICHE / Viaghi di Fonfon
The spot where to take your Parisian lover who will find it “cute”. It must be said that with the picturesque port of the Vallon des Auffes, the bridge and its arches and the rocks from which to take a dip before the aperitif, it sets the bar quite high. Forget about the Insta photo, it has already been done a million times! Concentrate on your cocktail, sit on the docks and enjoy being in “the most beautiful city in the world” (in all objectivity of course).
>Every day from 18:00