Perpignan’s cultural life is centered around the Théâtre de l’Archipel, av. Maréchal Leclerc (www.theatredelarchipel.org; tel. 04-68-62-62-00) which holds multi-cultural events all year round.
Perpignan shows its Spanish and Catalan side at night, getting lively after other cities have gone to bed. Nightclubs in Perpignan open around 11pm. The streets around place de la Loge and avenue Maréchal Leclerc buzz after dark with bars and clubs.
Begin at Le Habana Bodegita, 5 rue Grande-des-Fabriques (tel. 04-68-34-11-00), where salsa and merengue play and Cuban cocktails flow. Le O’Flaherty’s, 27 av. Marechal Leclerc (www.oflahertys-perpignan.com) is a good Irish bar with Irish beer on draft and DJs to keep you dancing from 5pm onwards. Le Cosy Club, 4 rue du Théâtre (tel. 04-68-66-02-57), is a discotheque which rings the changes with jazz, electro, and soul on different nights washed down with cocktails.
During summer, the beachfront strip at the nearby resort of Canet-Plage, 12km (7.5 miles) east of Perpignan’s historic core, lights up with seasonal bars and dance clubs that come and go with the tourist tides.
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