by Cheyenne Tulsa in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 September 2012

Since its opening in 1997, Bordeaux’s Apollo Bar has become the throbbing heart of a city whose renovation and revitalisation over the past decade has been nothing short of remarkable. It now vies with rougher, more ethnic Marseille for the title of France’s ‘second city’ but wins hands down when it comes to style and youthfulness: on average, Bordeaux’s population is the youngest in France.

Named after the Apollo Theatre in New York, L’Apollo’s soundtrack is Afro American funk and the late afternoon to late night crowd is unembarassedly hipster: boutique babes, techno-geeks, artists, and forward-looking fashionistas mingle with sharp-dressing, gold-accessorised African entrepreneurs and hard-edged Franco-Arabic DJs and rappers. Fill a rack on one of its pool tables or grab a booth inside (or a curbside table outside) to enjoy the show.