July 17, 2022
3 min read

The Rugby World Cup is returning to the Northern Hemisphere in 2023. France will play host to the 10th battle for rugby's most coveted prize, the Webb Ellis Trophy. 48 games of rugby, across 2 months and 9 different venues. One venue that has fans quivering with excitement is the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.

It's not just its love of all things sport that Marseille is known for. Being a large, multicultural city, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of bars for fans to choose from. Here are our top five that you should check out.

5. The Shamrock

It seems odd that an Irish Pub would rank so highly on our list of top bars in a French city. However, The Shamrock has a reputation for being one of the best bars in the city for live sport and is known for how friendly and welcoming its staff are. In fact, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup they set up live screens outside the bar, creating their own mini fan zone.

4. La Caravelle

Known as Marseille’s original “bar with million-dollar views”, this 1930’s jazz bar boasts stunning views of the Vieux Port from its modest terrace and is probably still one of the most hotly contested seats in Marseille. With live jazz music and a tapas menu to accompany your drinks, what more could you want?

3. Voute Virgo

Situated amongst the vaulted arcades in the Le Panier district, Voute Virgo is one of the “cooler” bars in the city. Visual art is complemented with a contemporary rock and electro soundtrack to stimulate the senses. The exhibits, drinks and food menus all regularly change to keep you on your toes and even if you’re not “cool”, you will at least find the experience intriguing.

2. Le Carry Nation

“Adresse secrete”. Le Carry Nation is Marseille’s hidden speakeasy. You’ll need to book a table through their website at which point, you will be sent an address and a secret code. However, you won’t find a bar at the location but a run-down souvenir shop… don’t worry, you’re in the right place. Type in your code on the keypad at the door and step back into 1920’s prohibition.

1.Bar Mama Shelter

Anonymous from the outside but a big kid’s playground within! This unique bar is described as “primary-school-meets-gentleman's club” with rubber rings hanging above the bar, a huge table football set and live music. Situated in the Plaine District it is the perfect start point for a bit of a bar crawl with other excellent spots such as The Café Julien and Le Makeda nearby.

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