A lively, buzzing city

At the end of the day, from Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon) to the banks of the Rhône, terraces and cafés come to life, while Lyon’s cultural venues offer a diverse range of live entertainment.

Each district has its own flavour of nightlife:

  • In Vieux-Lyon, British pubs offer a warm, friendly atmosphere, with pool tables and dartboards.
  • Around the Place des Terreaux, new hip venues and cocktail bars offer a stylish, laid-back ambiance.
  • Along the banks of the Rhône, the river boats welcome a lively clientele. During the summer, their terraces are perfect for a drink with a view of the river.
  • In the Brotteaux district, the bars and restaurants draw a trendy crowd.

In terms of live entertainment, the Opéra de Lyon (voted ‘Best Opera Company’ in 2017) puts on operas, concerts and ballets throughout the year. At the Auditorium, music takes pride of place with an excellent selection of classical, jazz and world music. The Maison de la Danse attracts dance companies from all over the world, while at the Théâtre des Célestins you can see both masterpieces from the classical repertoire and contemporary plays.

For the year’s major features and highlights, you can browse our 2020 Events Diary here:

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L'Improvidence

The first theater in France dedicated to improvisation offers an eclectic program to make you live a unique experience each night.

Le Complexe

The Complexe is a friendly place to meet with family or friends. Escape from daylife in one of the two rooms of this "café-théâtre" of the...

Le Fantôme de l'Opéra

A blast from the past is blowing over Le Fantôme de l’Opéra in Rue Royale…

Théâtre Comédie Odéon

In the heart of the city's Presqu’île district, the Comédie Odéon welcomes you in his historical place where took place the CNP Grôlée, between 1908...

Maison de la Danse de Lyon

With its auditorium boasting a capacity of 1100 people, La Maison de la Danse de lyon has embraced dance of all forms and including all techniques, in...

Casino Le Lyon Vert

Set in the heart of the old spa resort, between greenery and watercourse, Lyon Vert is a unique complex of leisure and entertainment, just a few...

Les Subsistances

International creative research laboratory to new artistic language of the performing arts (dance, theater, circus, music), the transdisciplinary...

Celest Bar

Situated on the 32nd floor of the "Le Crayon" tower, the Celest Bar proposes cocktails classes and testing with an amazing as tasty menu!

Ninkasi Gerland

In Sumerian mythology, Ninkasi is "she who fills the mouth", and “she” is none other than the goddess of beer!

The Celestins - Theater of Lyon

As a shrine to dramatic art for more than two centuries, it is a stunning example of an Italian theatre with its horseshoe shaped galleries, its red...

L'Institution

In its cosy baroque setting with velvet bench seats and carpeted floors, we find the first establishment by Jacques Garcia in Lyon!

The Lyon Opera House

Topped by a majestic dome, the former Grand Theatre, redesigned by Jean Nouvel, is a masterpiece of architecture! This beautiful setting is home to a...

Le Dôme

Located in Lyon's emblematic Grand Hôtel-Dieu in the heart of the Presqu'île, the bar Le Dôme offers a selection of drinks that are anything but...

Le Transbordeur

This iconic music hall in Lyon (or Villeurbanne to be more precise) has been hosting concerts, shows and galas since 1989. “Le Transbo”, as the...

Auditorium de Lyon - Orchestre national de Lyon (ONL)

A 2100-seat hall, an orchestra of 104 permanent musicians.

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