A hub of outdoor entertainment is place de la Cathédrale, where you can find an assortment of performers and artists. Dancers perform spontaneously against the illumination of the cathedral. From mid-July to early August, folk dances take place in La Petite France on Monday night in place des Tripiers, Tuesday in place Benjamin Zix, and Wednesday in place du Marché aux Cochons de Lait. Performance dates vary; check with the Office de Tourisme (www.otstrasbourg.fr; [tel] 03-88-52-28-29) for a schedule.
The Performing Arts -- For opera and ballet, seek out the Opéra du Rhin, 19 place Broglie (www.operanationaldurhin.fr; [tel] 03-88-75-48-23); tickets cost 12€ to 80€. The Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg performs at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, place de Bordeaux (www.philharmonique-strasbourg.com; [tel] 03-69-06-37-00). Tickets cost 14.50€ to 63€. The Théâtre National de Strasbourg plays a busy schedule at 1 av. de la Marseillaise (www.tns.fr; [tel] 03-88-24-88-00). Tickets cost 5.50€ to 27€.
Bars & Clubs -- The streets surrounding place de la Cathédrale, in particular rue des Frères, rue des Soeurs, and rue de la Croix, are bustling with cafes and bars. Jeannette et les Cycleux, 3 rue des Tonneliers (www.lenetdejeannette.com; [tel] 03-88-23-02-71), is a quirky retro bar filled with trendy young locals sipping on wine or nibbling at their tasty “planchettes.”
Despite being known for its white wines, Alsace is also the number one beer-producing region of France, not surprising due to its historical links and proximity to Germany. This tradition is being maintained at the artisan brewery Au Brasseur, 22 rue des Veaux (www.aubrasseur.fr; [tel] 03-88-36-12-13); additionally, a wide variety of local and international pints can be sampled at Les Freres Berthom, 18 rue des Tonneliers (www.lesberthom.com; [tel] 03-88-32-81-18).
For a late night with the stylish 20-35 strasbourgeois, go underground atLe Seven, 25 rue des Tonneliers (www.lesevenstrasbourg.com; [tel] 03-88-32-77-77), and groove to the beats of contemporary dance and electro music.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.