Reims has the most vibrant nightlife in the region. For lively bars and clubs head to place Drouet-d’Erlon. Locals call it simply “place d’Erlon”. At no. 9 you’ll find the sophisticated champagne bar Golden Bulles (tel. 03-26-36-68-18; Tues–Sun 4–10pm). Wine bar Le Vintage at 16 pl. du Forum (tel. 03-26-05-89-94; Tues–Thurs 6–12:30pm, Fri & Sat until 1:30am) offers a similar experience. If you’re around in summer, head up to the rooftop bar of the Holiday Inn, 46 rue Buirette (tel. 03-26-78-99-99; Mon–Sat 4–11pm), for panoramic views across the cathedral and city.
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). 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. 03-26-03-38-03), 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.
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