Lyon may be popularly recognized as a hotbed of cultural and gastronomic delights, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that nightlife here just gets lost in the mix. Its nine arrondissements abound in an immense amount of activity once the sun goes down, with everything from chic cafes and small pubs to live music joints and rocking river-barge dance clubs at your disposal. Here’s a quick introduction to get you started.
Though it may appear touristy at first glance, the pedestrian neighborhood around rue Merciere and rue de la Monnaie is home to a wealth of local bars and cafes, perfect for a night of barhopping with the native Lyonnais (Merciere in particular can be counted on to have consistent crowds almost any night of the week). If, however, you don’t mind carousing with other visitors, Vieux (Old) Lyon isn’t a bad option either. It’s well known for a healthy dispersion of English style pubs (like the popular Smoking Dog) alongside plenty of other bars and lounges, so take your pick.
Say you’re one of those travelers who thinks, “gosh, I’d be keen for some dancing this fine evening;” then consider heading over to the port district along the right bank of the Rhone, where a series of barges-turned-clubs like Sirius and La Marquise make for a down and dirty night on the river. There are also great establishments (including the Ayers Rock Café) in the 1st arrondissement on the lively streets just northeast of the Fine Arts Museum, if your idea of dancing is a bit more rock n’roll centric. With so many options, you’d do well to consult the city’s nightlife guide (listed below) to satisfy exactly which vibe you’re looking for. Enjoy.