At any newsstand, pick up a copy of the weekly guide “Lyon-Poche,” which lists happenings and venues around town, from bars to classical concerts.
In 2013, several hotly anticipated bar openings took Lyon by storm. La Maison Mère (21 place Gabriel Rambaud (http://mmlyon.com; [tel] 04-78-27-71-41; Métro: Hôtel de Ville) near place des Terreaux is a bar and late-night club (open Tues to Sat) offering an eclectic musical program from soul to rock and hip-hop including live concerts. Live music and arts venue, Sucre (50 quai Rambaud; www.le-sucre.eu; Métro: Perrache) has been installed on the rooftop of a 1930s warehouse in the fashionable Confluence district. Finally, hip young Lyonnais have been flocking to the plush bar at Mama Shelter 13 rue Domer ([tel] 04-78-02-58-00; www.mamashelter.com; Métro: Jean Macé): the brainchild of the Trigano family (founders of Club Med) and Cyril Aouizerate along with Philippe Starck designs.
Lyonnais microbrewery chain Ninkasi (www.ninkasi.fr) continues from strength to strength. You’ll find live music, fresh beer, and burgers at each of their nighttime venues around Lyon. Most live concerts are free, although there is sometimes a cover charge for well-known bands playing at the brewery headquarters, Ninkasi Gerland. To keep things simple, each venue is named after the nearest metro station. Our favorites are Gerland, at 267 rue Marcel Mérieux ([tel] 04-72-76-89-00); Hôtel de Ville at 27 rue de l’Arbre Sec ([tel] 04-78-28-37-74) and Cordeliers at 22 rue Ferrandière ([tel] 04-72-77-91-47).
A good place to start the evening over a glass or two of wine is La Cave des Voyageurs is 7 place Saint-Paul (http://lacavedesvoyageurs.free.fr; [tel] 04-78-28-92-28) in Vieux Lyon. Around the corner is the Anglophone pub Smoking Dog, 16 rue Lainerie ([tel] 04-78-28-38-27), with its bookshelf-lined walls, billiard table, and eight beers on tap. It’s a popular place to watch international sports matches on T.V. Open daily from 5pm to 1am (from 2pm on weekends).
In summertime, locals flock to the quays along the Rhône. The best of the former cargo boats parked on the Rhône is Le Sirius, Berges du Rhône, 4 quai Augagneur (www.lesirius.com; [tel] 04-78-71-78-71; Métro: Guillotière). An under-35 crowd packs the ship for dancing to the sounds of Lyon’s best DJs on the lower-level floor. It’s open daily from 4pm to 3am.
One of Lyon’s best and largest nightclubs is First Révolution, 13/14 place Jules Ferry (www.first-aperiklub.com; Métro: Brotteaux) whose house music and chic decor attract a young, kitten-heeled 20s to 30s crowd. Housed in the Brotteaux old railway station, the club has room for 500 people: even so, you should expect a strict door policy. It’s open Thursday to Saturday from 11:45pm until 7am. The most popular gay bar and club is the long-standing La Ruche, 22 rue Gentil, 2e ([tel] 04-78-37-42-26; Métro: Cordeliers), that’s open daily from 5pm to 4am. Meanwhile, Le Domaine has sadly closed down its permanent venue, but holds regular club nights at Quai des Arts, 8 bis Quai Saint Vincent ([tel] 04-72-00-97-36; www.restaurant-quaidesarts.com; Métro: Hôtel de Villa) attracting a young, vibrant lesbian crowd.
Opera buffs head to Opéra, place de la Comédie ([tel] 04-69-85-54-54; www.opera-lyon.com; Métro: Hôtel de Ville), while La Halle Tony Garnier, 20 place des Docteurs Charles et Christophe Mérieux ([tel] 04-72-76-85-85; www.halle-tony-garnier.fr; Métro: Debourg) is a popular venue for international pop concerts and dance shows.
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