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Reims has the most vibrant nightlife in the region. The best place to start is place Drouet-d'Erlon, home to the city's premier clubs. This is a university town -- for the most part, students rule the night. Just follow them to the best venues.

For a beer and a heavy dose of noise and rowdy students, head to the Glue Pot, 49 place Drouet-d'Erlon (tel. 03-26-47-36-46). At James Joyce Pub, 80 place Drouet-d'Erlon (tel. 03-26-40-33-06), a mixed-age crowd congregates in an Irish-style pub that has more than 120 types of beer. In the exotic Au Lion de Belfort, 37 place Drouet-d'Erlon (tel. 03-26-47-48-17), stuffed heads of hippos, elephants, and the like keep watch. For a more sedate experience, try L'Escale, 132 rue Vesle (tel. 03-26-88-17-85), where the atmosphere is more conducive to conversation with locals and other tourists.

The best dance floors in town are at Le Vogue, 93 bd. Général-Leclerc (tel. 03-26-47-34-29), which attracts a mixed-age crowd (25-40); and Le Soft, 2 bis av. Georges-Clemenceau (tel. 03-26-35-78-19), with its decor of old French cars placed like artwork against the brick walls and mirrors. Young gays and lesbians go to Bar Lilas, 75 rue des Courcelles (tel. 03-26-47-02-81). Everybody wears jeans; the cover at any of these clubs ranges from free to 11€.

Comédie de Reims, chaussée Bocquaine (tel. 03-26-48-49-10), has a varied schedule; tickets cost 12€ to 19€ for adults and 6€ to 8€ for children.

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.