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Village Fetes - Drinking Al Fresco, Dordogne Valley Style
Before we get to the list of bars we recommend you check out, make sure (if you are visiting in the summer months) that you absolutely visit a village fete near you. You can be guaranteed the full French experience as local villagers celebrate their village with a makeshift bar invariably serving beer and punch. After a few of these refreshments you might find yourself grooving to the band or even some Accordion music- you only live once!
And now to those bar recommendations:
A selection of our favourite watering holes in the Dordogne Valley :
Martel – Au Coin de la Rue
A local bar and one that often features live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Martel – Le Petit Moulin
Also a restaurant, this full bar is definitely pitched to the wine aficionado. With an extensive list of local (particular organic) wines to try and a very knowledgeable owner to guide your choices.
Floirac (near Carennac) Le Pourquoi Pas
Outside of Belgium, we would wager you would be hard pressed to find a bar in the Dordogne Valley that literally has every type of Belgian (and then some) beers you can imagine. Top boutique beers can also be complimented with an extensive crepe menu if you are feeling peckish- their over speciality.
Montvalent - La Guinguette du Vieux Chene
This bar hosts a large dance floor and often has live music in the weekends. Adjoining is also a restaurant. If you are canoeing anywhere north of Carennac to Souillac-sur-Dordogne, you can pull up your canoe for a quick drink in the daytime too as this bar borders the Dordogne river.
Argentat - La Vache qui Fume
At the chapelle Saint Géraud. Set in the middle of the countryside, with a nice atmosphere and live music.
Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne - Le Café des Voyageurs
A great place to meet up with friends. Live music in season.
Monceaux-sur-Dordogne - Bistrot de Pays Chez Maryse
A popular meeting point for fisherman and locals, Maryse is a famous local character.
Saint- Céré - Le Grand Café
The place to be in Saint-Céré where you can watch people go by, over a quiet drink at lunch or in the evening.
Bretenoux - Café de la Poste
The atmospheric heart of the village of Bretenoux. Full of locals, including young footballers or rugby players who often go here to see live matches when they are on. The restaurant here is really good value for money too.