The best way to see the city's architectural heritage is by night, when over 100 sites are illuminated.
Old Lyon, the banks of the Saône, the Presqu'île and Croix Rousse are the liveliest districts at night. There is a wide variety of bars and pubs scattered all over the city and it is not always easy to choose between Irish, English, Latino, Cuban and the exotic among the range of watering holes available. There are also traditional Lyonnais bars.
The presence in Lyon of prestigious cultural institutions, such as the National Opera, the Célestins Theatre and the Lumière Institute, contribute to the city's international reputation and strong cultural influence. Cultural events and institutions benefit from one of the largest chunks of Lyon's budget and it shows.
From classical to contemporary, all styles are represented in Lyon. The Célestins Theatre is the oldest theatre in Lyon and has had two centuries of continuous dramatic activity. It welcomes Parisian shows as well as regional companies, with productions ranging from classical theatre to music hall.
4 rue Charles Dullin
Théatre La Maison de Guignol
Lyon was also the birthplace of the theatrical puppet figure known as Guignol, which was created in 1808 by Laurent Mourguet. This tradition is still alive today with the Théatre La Maison de Guignol.
2 montée du Gourguillon St Georges-Vieux
The Auditorium is the permanent residence of the Lyon National Orchestra. Since 2000, this symphony orchestra, comprising 102 musicians, has acquired an international reputation throughout the world.
149 rue Garibaldi
One of Lyon's most prestigious cultural venues, the National Opera houses several institutions. Among them is the Opera Orchestra, which started in 1983, with young musicians and experienced conductors. It alternates classical repertoire works with new compositions.
1 place de la Comédie
Maison de la Danse
The Maison de la Danse was created in 1980. The company is completely devoted to choreography, with an emphasis on new productions. It welcomes French and foreign companies.
8 avenue Jean Mermoz
In 1895, the Lumière brothers invented cinematography and shot the first ever film in the city. The Lumière Institute offers cinema screenings every day. It is also the best place for film aficionados to catch celluloid rarities and arthouse movies.
25 rue du Premier-Film
Le Marché Gare
Le Marché Gare, a recent addition to the scene, promotes new music from reggae to heavy metal.
34 rue Casimir-Périer
Le Transbordeur has two performance spaces; a larger one for established international acts and a smaller stage for local bands.
3 boulevard Stalingrad
This slick venue brews its own beer - choose from six different house beers - and has a regular programme of live bands and DJs.
267 rue Marcel Mérieux
Café du Soleil
Café du Soleil is a traditional Lyonnais café, perfect for an early-evening aperitif. Situated in a small and charming area of Lyon, this is one of the oldest cafés in the city, having been here for two centuries, and a friendly alternative to the large fashionable nightspots of the city centre. You can also try Le 110 Vins next door for traditional Lyonnais fare and an impressive wine list of over 300 wines.
2 rue Saint Georges
Latin-style bars, such as Le Moana in Quartier St Paul, guarantee exotic décor and fantastic cocktails. Decorated with bamboo, coconuts, and tropical flowers, Le Moana also features three aquariums, including one with piranhas.
20 quai Pierre Scize
The New Albion is a popular English-style pub with two giant screens for concerts and sporting events, a dartboard and a wide selection of draught beers. There are also regular theme nights, quiz and gigs.
Full of laser lights and mirrors, the cool and cosy L'Alibi plies an up-for-it crowd with eclectic sounds. Meet people from all walks of life and jive to all kinds of music ranging from pop, rock and techno to funk, soul and salsa.
13 quai Romain Rolland
New Hollywood has the biggest dance floor in Lyon and appeals to nostalgia fans with swing, jive and rock'n'roll.
6 rue Henri Barbusse
Yes Hot Spot
Popular with a trendy crowd, chill at Yes Hot Spot, a newer venue featuring three themed rooms - Party Room, Smoking Room and Paradise Room - and an intimate ambiance.
12 quai St Vincent
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