Hello, lyon

Lyon is often called the capital city of gastronomy. For a long time, this was equated with sauces and a petit-bourgeois small town complex. But then the TGV high speed train linked Lyon with Paris and Marseille, Olympique de Lyon started to win League Championship after League Championship, and a new Lyon was suddenly filled with daring architecture, crowded cafés, and avant-garde exhibitions.

Bars & Nightlife

The Bars & Nightlife to Visit

Woman at bar on pier


A guinguette is a 19th-century French name for a dance on the pier. The waiters have to run across the road with their orders. Here you can enjoy a drink on a sunbed and admire the lovely view across Barbe Island and listen to swaying music. You can also order grilled frog’s legs if you want a nibble with your drink.

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Adults enjoy alcoholic beverages

Cour des Loges

Cour des Loges is a wonderful luxury hotel in a newly re-styled Renaissance palace, complete with a cosy bar and atrium where you can have a tasty cocktail, prime whisky or aged cognac. In 2012 the restaurant earned its first star in the Michelin Guide.

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Ninkasi Kao

Ninkasi Gerland

Having already become something of an institution in the city, Ninkasi Gerland is a brewery, café, bar and live music venue, and without a doubt one of the liveliest nightlife spots in Lyon. Be sure to check out their website to find out what events are going on during your visit.

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roulette stopped

Le Pharaon

For the brave, visit Le Pharaon. This is a casino which is located not far from Interpol and the Modern Museum. It is decorated in a lovely Egyptian style. Here you can play traditional games like blackjack, English Roulette, poker and much more. There is also a restaurant inside if you are feeling hungry or thirsty.

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Young people dancing in club or disco

Le Sucre

Located on top of what was once a 1930s sugar factory, this innovative and edgy nightclub not only gets people dancing with their DJs and live shows, but it also hosts interesting arts events on the rooftop terrace, and thus attracts a diverse crowd.

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Hangar du Premier Film

Hangar du Premier Film is the best place in Lyon to catch some arthouse cinema. They screen all kinds of films, from cinema classics to the newest avant-garde films from all around the world. During the summer months, the movies are screened outdoors.

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