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Nightlife in Lyon

With its big student population, Lyon enjoys a good time at a wide choice of crowded late-night music bars, clubs and dance venues, such as Le Voxx on the Presqu'île and Alibi in Vieux Lyon. The action runs from about 11pm to 4am. There's a rich programme of high culture too, with prestigious stage performances at the Opera de Lyon and other world-class arts venues.

Opéra de Lyon, Lyon. Courtesy of Lyon Tourist Office, © Vincent Formica
à KGB, Lyon. © à KGB
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à KGB

Soviet-themed hotspot

A well-heeled, 30-something crowd sip flavoured vodkas and champagne cocktails at à KGB in Jean Macé. The Russian-French fusion restaurant connected to the bar becomes more and more clubby as the night unfolds.



Address

2, Rue des Bons Enfants, Lyon, 69007

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 37 28 63 30

Transport

Jean Macé Métro

Website

AKGB Bar Website

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Le Voxx

Riverside dancing

Sip cocktails alongside Lyon's beautiful people at chic, centrally-located Le Voxx. Dance to some acid jazz, funk and hip-hop at the bustling main bar or amble into one of the many small annex rooms for a more chilled-out, intimate experience.



Address

1, Rue d'Algérie, Lyon, 69001

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 78 28 33 87

Transport

By Métro: Hôtel de Ville.

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Grand Café des Negociants

Opulent traditional brasserie

With smartly laid tables and gilded interior, Grand Café des Négociants, at the heart of the Presqu'île, has been a Lyon favourite since 1864. From 7am to 12pm, it offers everything from coffee and cake to a complete meal.



Address

13, Quai Romain Rolland, Lyon, 69005

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 78 42 50 05

Transport

Hôtel de Ville or Cordeliers Métros

Website

Grand Café des Negociants Website

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Alibi

Sophisticated disco with theme nights

The long-established Alibi nightclub and disco, in Vieux Lyon close to a bridge over the Saône, is favoured by a 30-something crowd for its comfortable, spacious venue, theme evenings and wide range of music. Open nightly, with DJs at weekends.



Address

13, Quai Romain Rolland, Lyon, 69005

Telephone

+33 (0)4 78 42 04 66

Transport

Vieux Lyon and Cordeliers Métros

Website

Alibi Disco website

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Ninkasi

Industrial chic

Housed in a gigantic reconverted industrial building on the East Bank, Ninkasi draws a young, fashionable crowd with the promise of great burgers, home-brewed beer, cocktails and DJ nights. There are regular live music concerts and salsa classes too.



Address

Rue Marcel-Adrieux, Lyon, 69007

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 72 76 89 00

Transport

Stade de Gerland Métro

Website

Ninkasi Website

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L'Ambassade

All-night dance venue

Small, crowded L'Ambassade on the Presqu'île is a high-voltage all-night dance venue. Resident Manoo and guest DJs play deep house and a wide mix of other music from pumping electric to special hip-hop or soul-funk evenings.



Address

4, Rue Stella, Lyon, 69002

Telephone

+33 (0)4 78 42 23 23

Transport

Cordeliers Métro

Website

L'Ambassade Website

Opéra de Lyon, Lyon. Courtesy of Lyon Tourist Office, © Vincent Formica
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Opéra de Lyon

World-class opera, ballet and music

A spectacular programme of opera, ballet and concerts by resident and guest companies is staged in the state-of-the-art auditorium of the magnificently reconstructed 19th-century Opéra de Lyon, on the Presqu'île. It's considered the most important venue in France outside Paris.



Address

Place de la Comédie, Lyon, 69001

Telephone

+33 (0) 826 305 325

Transport

Hôtel de Ville Métro

Website

Opéra de Lyon Website

Théâtre Guignol, Lyon. Courtesy of Office du Tourisme de Lyon © Vincent Formica
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Théâtre Le Guignol de Lyon

Traditional puppet show

Théâtre Le Guignol, in Vieux Lyon, is the small, atmospheric main venue for Lyon's unique Guignol puppet shows for children and adults. The comic, satirical stock characters represent the city's working people, supposedly rebellious and fond of drink.



Address

2, Rue Louis Carrand, Lyon, 69005

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 78 28 92 57

Transport

By Métro: line D to Vieux Lyon or Saint Jean.

Website

Theatre Le Guignol Website

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Maison de la Danse

Contemporary and classical dance

Modern and classical dance are highlights of the Lyon arts scene. The Maison de la Danse, in the Monplaisir district on the East Bank, is one of Europe's most acclaimed venues, especially for highly creative performances of world-wide contemporary dance.



Address

8, Avenue Jean Mermoz, Lyon, 69008

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 72 78 18 00

Transport

Tram T2

Website

Maison de la Danse Website

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