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Make a French Toast at the Best Boozing Destinations in France

In a country known for its many vineyards and the language of origin for the spirit “absinthe,” it’s no surprise that France has gained such a great reputation for its alcohol, which every tourist must try to enjoy the full French experience. Fortunately, you can satisfy your Dionysian desires around virtually every corner in the liquor-friendly land of the French.

However, every alcohol enthusiast knows that not all drinks are created equally, which is why it’s crucial to have an idea of the best places on the map before you arrive. Whether you prefer beer, wine, spirits, or appreciate booze of all stripes, the following list will ensure you’ll leave satisfied and slap-happy with the best places to booze in France.

Wine

Oenophiles, rejoice! France is home to some of the oldest and finest wines in the entire world, which are all within reach at cafes, restaurants, and wine tastings that are sure to impress the most discerning palettes. Be sure to bring home a bottle or two from these favorite wine spots.

  • Bordeaux: One of the most well-known wine regions in the country, Bordeaux has long been synonymous with quality wine and never fails to live up to this reputation. The region has been producing wine since the 8th century, and sells more than 960 million bottles each year.
  • Beziers: If you want to avoid crowds of tourists or show off your elite taste in wine to all of your friends back home, the picturesque town of Beziers offers a mystical, medieval experience with some of the finest vineyards in the country. Be sure to visit La Maison de Campagne for a delicious meal and a sample of Armagnac, all next to the roar of a nearby bull-fighting arena.


Spirits

Nothing lifts your spirits quite like spirits, and France has no shortage of favorite liquors from absinthe to whiskey. To end your night with a pleasant kick, visit these spirit-filled destinations.

  • Esmerelda’s: Located in the lovely capital city of Paris, Esmerelda’s is often cited as the best place in the city to enjoy a midnight margarita. The bar is located in one of the oldest buildings in Paris, right in the heart of the Latin Quarter. This fun and surreal atmosphere is a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike.
  • Charly’s: Take a quick stop by Cannes to visit Charly’s, which is one of the most unique bars in the country. The interior is designed to resemble a caveā€“but not the dark and damp atmosphere you’d imagine. At Charly’s, you can not only enjoy the best cocktails France has to offer, but also enjoy a hip crowd, scenic indoor waterfall, and the occasional live music performance.


Beer

If beer is more your style, you’re in luck. The following destinations offer the perfect blend of classic tastes and novelty beverages that give you that coveted buzz with the brews you love.

  • Alsace and Strasbourg: Although the region has experienced some turbulence with Germany in the distant past, the French portion of Alsace and Strasbourg is home to the main beer-producing area of France. Here you’ll find world-famous breweries, such as Heineken International, Fischer, Karlsbau, and Kronenbourg. While you’re there, make sure to visit the Adelschoff brewery for a taste of the specialty Adelscott whiskey beer.
  • Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Also known as French Flanders, Nord-Pas-de-Calais is famous for strong specialty beers at the popular Pelforth brewery and homestyle seasonal beers at Brasserie de Saint-Sylvestre and Les Brasseurs de Gayant.

 

To fully enjoy yourself during your booze-filled vacation, it’s important to practice the motto of “safety first” by purchasing travel insurance before you take off. Having insurance will not only ensure you get there safely and comfortably, but also keep you covered in case anything should happen along the way. Once you’ve acquired this safety net, you’ll be ready to wine and dine without a care at France’s best destinations for alcohol of all kinds.

danielle056

danielle056

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, is a craft-beer lover and White Russian connoisseur. She enjoys trying new things on a regular basis in both her adult beverage choices and life in general.

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