By Author Daryl and Mindi Hirsch
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Drinking in Strasbourg is fun! Discover five of the best Strasbourg bars where you can whet your whistle whether you’re looking for a night out on the town or a quiet hang with friends.
Finding a place to drink in Strasbourg isn’t a challenge. After all, most restaurants serve wine by the glass, carafe and bottle. This is no surprise since Strasbourg is located in the Alsatian region of France.
However, as is the case in most cities in France and beyond, some of the city’s watering holes are better than others. Adding to the challenge, our favorite Strasbourg bar is hidden without signs or fanfare.
Starting with that hidden bar, these are the Strasbourg bars that we like best:
The only thing more difficult than finding Aedaen Speakeasy is finding a spot at the bar. However, both efforts are worth their while.
In our opinion, this is the best bar in Strasbourg.
If you’re looking for a sign for Aedaen Speakeasy, you won’t find it. Instead, the path to this secret cocktail bar involves walking through a busy pizzeria to a door that’s past the kitchen.
What’s behind that door will likely surprise you. No dingy hole-in the-wall, the spacious room has a decor that includes exposed pipes, vintage chandeliers, red velvet furniture and tchotchkes. More important to cocktail connoisseurs, it has an expansive drink menu crafted with liquor bottles that are stacked all the way up to the ceiling.
Once we found the door and nabbed two stools at the bar, all that was left to do was order drinks and start sipping.
While Mindi immediately knew that she wanted a glass of red absinthe served the old-fashioned way from an absinthe fountain, over a sugar cube and into the glass, Daryl wasn’t so certain. None of the bar’s seven specialty cocktails spoke to him, or perhaps they all did. So he put the decision in the capable hands of the bartender.
After asking a series of questions, she whipped up a mystery drink which ended up being a Jungle Bird. It was a good choice. Daryl enjoyed drinking the fruity rum cocktail in Strasbourg as much as he enjoyed drinking the fruity cocktail in New Orleans.
Don’t rush through dinner. This speakeasy stays open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays and until 1:30am on all other nights.
Aedaen Speakeasy is located at 6 Rue des Aveugles, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Le Café des Sports
Le Café des Sports would be Daryl’s favorite sport bar in the world if it showed NFL games on its large upstairs tv. He would hunker back with a glass of biodynamic Alsatian wine in one hand and some French fromage in the other while cheering his Eagles on to victory.
Alas, this is but a dream. In reality, Le Café des Sports is too busy showing European football (i.e. soccer) matches to even consider showing American football. Plus, the French don’t really care about the NFL.
That being said, if you’re looking to enjoy quality wine with local charcuterie and French cheese in Strasbourg, this is the place. You can also enjoy beef tataki, hummus and burrata here if you’ve already reached your personal meat and cheese limits.
Le Cafe des Sports currently offers happy hour pricing from 5pm until 8pm. As always, these hours are subject to change.
Le Café des Sports is located at 16 Rue Sainte-Hélène, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Brasserie au Telegraphe
Contrary to popular belief, we don’t always eat at highfalutin establishments. In fact, some of our favorite meals around the world have been at local neighborhood pubs and greasy spoons. Despite the lack of bells and whistles, these spots simply make us happy.
Such is the case when we wandered into Brasserie au Telegraph on the other side of the Ill River, near the University, when we were craving beer. But we didn’t just order beer. We also ordered a tarte flambée for good measure.
Don’t think of Brasserie au Telegraph as a Parisian style brasserie. It’s more of local bar – the kind of place where friends hang with beers while sharing tarte flambée. It’s also a fine spot to chow down on burgers and eat plates topped with duck breast and frites (i.e. fried potatoes).
To be clear, this bar’s selection of beers from France and beyond is solid. Those not in the mood for beer can order cider, wine or cocktails instead.
This is a great stop to eat an Alsatian pizza if you haven’t yet eaten a tart flambée or flammenkuche during your visit to Strasbourg. At the time of our visit, the brasserie’s menu had nine different options including one for vegetarians and another for pescatarians.
Brasserie au Telegraphe is located at 59 Rue de Zurich, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Black & Wine
Black & Wine lives up to its name by serving wine. Plus much of hotel bar’s decor is black.
Situated within the Hotel Hannong, Black & Wine’s curated wine menu features regional wines produced in Alsace as well as bottles procured from countries like Italy, Lebanon, South Africa and China (yes, China). It’s an interesting wine list that justifies a perusal.
Ironically, we chose the very first wine listed on the menu after perusing the full list – a snappy 2017 Riesling produced by Clément and Serge Fend. It proved to be an ideal pre-dinner tipple to sip during a quiet respite away from the maddening Christmas crowds.
Four bars are enough should be enough to get your Strasbourg party started. Check out the following watering holes if you want to keep it going all week long:
Strasbourg Planning Checklist
- Buy discounted travel insurance from Heymondo.
- Find a great Strasbourg hotel via Booking.com or TripAdvisor.
- Find an apartment in Strasbourg with a kitchen.
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- Buy a universal travel adaptor from Amazon so you can charge your laptop, cell phone and camera in Europe.
- Buy a Strasbourg travel guide from Amazon so that you don’t miss any bites or sites.
- Arrange a rental car for your trip.
- Secure airport lounge access for your flights.
- Book a fun Strasbourg tour.
Strasbourg Bars Shop FAQs
Does Strasbourg have a night life?
Strasbourg has a range of nighttime venues that include pubs, cocktail bars and nightclubs. These venues cater to both locals and travelers.
Is Strasbourg a party city?
Yes and No. The central part of Strasbourg where most travelers stay is relatively low-key. However, areas that cater to the University of Strasbourg’s 50,000+ students can get lively.
What kind of drinks are served at Strasbourg bars?
Although Strasbourg has access to wonderful French wines from the Alsatian region and beyond, Strasbourg bars serve beer, cider and cocktail in addition to wine.
Are Strasbourg bars expensive?
Yes and No. Strasbourg bars run the gamut from casual pubs to classy cocktail lounges. Prices vary accordingly.
Thirsty for More in Strasbourg?
Check out our Strasbourg Restaurant Guide and Strasbourg Coffee Guide.
About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Original Publication Date: December 12, 2022