Lyon drinking and nightlife

Cocktail Bar in Lyon


Old-time jazz, flickering candles and friendly suspenders-wearing barkeeps set the mood in this atmospheric speakeasy-style bar. The painstakingly prepared cocktails are first-rate (try a Penicillin made from scotch…
Cocktail Bar in Lyon

Bar du Passage

Like a vestige from another time, the low-lit Bar du Passage impresses with its mural-covered ceiling, stuffed leather armchairs and vintage jazz soundtrack. The cocktails are pricey (€13 to €15), but nicely balance…
Club in Lyon

La Maison M

A fantastic addition to Lyon's nightlife scene, La Maison M has three separate spaces: a tropical-style bar near the entrance, a dance floor to the left and a cosy lounge off to the right. DJ parties feature nights …
Teahouse in Lyon


Tapping into the latest craving in Lyon, this elegant spot has an impressive tea list, plus a photogenic wall of canisters packed with loose-leaf goodness for tea shoppers. The relaxing setting is just right for a p…
Bar in Lyon

Dam's Pub

A staple of Lyon's easy-going pub scene, Dam's is a lively spot for a pint no matter the hour. It has good beers on tap (including the Belgian ale Saint Stefanus), televised sport, decent pub grub and a well-placed …
Bar in Lyon


Changing art on the walls, weekend brunch and various photography-, music- and video-driven events make this art bar a linchpin of Croix Rousse's creative community.
Wine Bar in Lyon

Le Vin des Vivants

This relaxed stone-walled corner bar on a pretty backstreet square specialises in organic wines.
Cafe in Lyon


A novel concept in Lyon, Sofffa charges by time (€5 the first hour, €2 each subsequent half-hour) during which your coffees and snacks are free. A smattering of leather armchairs, mismatched tables and art-covered s…
Cafe in Lyon

Grand Café des Négociants

The tree-shaded terrace and Second Empire decor of chandeliers and mirror-lined walls are the big draws at this centrally located cafe-brasserie, a Lyonnais institution since 1864. Stop in for elegantly served teas,…
Cafe in Lyon


A buzzing and decidedly hip coffee house around the corner from place des Jacobins, Slake makes beautiful lattes (the kind with artful designs atop) as well as other caffeinated goodness. All go nicely with the past…