Lyon is almost as good a place for nightlife and entertainment as it is for eating, with a good range of clubs, cinema, opera, jazz, classical music concerts and theatre.
o 12 rue Sergent Blandant 1er
o Hôtel de Ville
o tel, info: 04 72 00 26 41
o 11:00-until last person leaves
A jumble of second-hand objects strewn around the place (many for sale), changing art by local artists and a cellar that hosts local up-and-coming bands make for a refreshing change at this small arts-driven bar. Bio products - micro-brewery bottled beer, organic Coteaux du Lyonnais wine and fresh juice - served are equally refreshing.
2. Bistro Fait Sa Broc'
o 1-3 rue Dumenge 4e
o Croix Rousse
o tel, info: 04 72 07 93 97
o 18:00-01:00 Mon-Sat
A hip lime-green and candyfloss-pink façade greets punters at this retro wine bar where no two chairs match and the furniture is constantly rearranged. Pick from floppy sofa seating or an eclectic sun umbrella-topped table. Bands occasionally play here and regional cheese, meat and other light snacks are served.
3. Ninkasi Gerland
o 267 rue Marcel Mérieux 7e
o Stade de Gerland
o 04 72 76 89 00
Spilling over with a fun, frenetic crowd, this microbrewery near the stadium is one of several Ninkasi establishments around town, each with their own entertainment programs, ranging from DJs and bands to film projections and more, and sustaining food like fish and chips and build-your-own burgers.
4. La Chapelle
o 60 montée du Coulands 5e, 69005
o tel, info: 04 78 37 23 95
o admission before/after 8.30pm free/€15
o 18:30-04:00 Tue-Sat, closed Tue winter
"Open-minded' and 'a garden of Eden' are labels the Chapel wears. Set in the chapel of a 16th-century chateau surrounded by a vast green park (in which the drinking 'n' dancing spills), the setting is unique. Décor: Art Deco and age-old. Music: house and techno.
5. Ké Pêcherie
o quai de la Pêcherie 1er, 69001
o Hôtel de Ville
o tel, info: 04 78 28 26 25
Seemingly open all hours and very trendy, this Saône-side space spans the whole spectrum of drinking: daytime café drifts into lounge bar come late afternoon, followed by heaving music venue after dark.
6. Hangar du Premier Film
Address: 25 rue du Premier Film 8e
Phone: 04 78 78 18 95
Price: full €6.50, concession €5.50
Hours: screening times vary, but are usually at 19:00 and 21:00
Next to the Musée Lumière, this former factory and birthplace of cinema now screens films of all genres and eras in their original languages. From approximately June to September, the big screen moves outside
7. Le Bar
o 10bis rue de la Bourse 1er
o tel, info: 04 78 31 51 08
Its name is a pallid reflection of the striking minimalist interior and imaginative cocktails shaken with panache at this cocktail bar, one of Lyon's most chic. Plastic curtains add a surreal touch.