lille

Hello, lille

The title of European Capital of Culture awarded to Lille over a decade ago was not the height of its ability, but rather a humble beginning, for in the years to follow Lille has grown to become a cultural hub second to none in northern France – and, some would argue, even beyond. There is a strong Flemish flavour in Lille, which manifests itself literally, through Lillois cuisine, and figuratively, through the ornate buildings of the charming old town (Vieux Lille).

Bars & Nightlife

The Bars & Nightlife to Visit

Cheese and wine

Jaja

Jaja does what one would expect a French wine bar to do, which is commendably showcase wines from the country that knows how to make them best. There are many labels to choose from, and delicious meat and cheese platters to order on the side.

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Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde

This quirky bar is a find for any sci-fi, comic book, or even just pop culture enthusiasts. With regular thematic exhibitions and events, it attracts patrons with not only drinks but the thematic component, too, making for an entertaining pastime in the well-stocked game room.

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People drinking wine in bar

Bar L'Illustration

This atmospheric bar in Lille's old town has, over the years, become a meeting place for the cultured elites, who rub shoulders with those outsiders who are lucky enough to stumble upon or learn of the place. The bar hosts live singers and serves a pleasant selection of drinks.

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People dancing

Le Network

Following the closing of Lille's popular Magazine Club, Le Network now remains Lille's best of the kind for a night out on the dance floor. Le Network's indoor space is fit to host up to a few hundred party-goers, all dressed to the nines and ready to light up the night to house and electronic beats.

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Mojito

La Pirogue

Patrons do not mind being a little cramming into the compact space of this atmospheric bar with a very eclectic client base. In the drinks department, everything here revolves around rum and rum-based drinks, so expect to leave being on a friendly footing with the drink.

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Bartown

Bartown serves – rumour has it – some of the best cocktails in the city, with generous servings of fruit mounted on top of some of their concoctions. The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed, forged by the establishment's jovial regulars. Meat and cheese platters complement the drinks.

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