As the City of Lights, sharpens the senses. When night falls, its streets come alive and the crowd's hurly-burly mingles with the intoxicating laughter of women and men sipping on drinks at various terraces. Glasses clink and pre-dinner drinks are launched. While spending friendly moments and engaging in heartfelt conversations, you'll surely want to stay in one of these famous bars to sip on a last cocktail or a subtle wine. Discover the city at dusk to better feel the night time atmosphere. And forget about the time, the night is young!
Le Sucre, for an elevated last drink
Pick your spot amid a cultural and artistic site located in the heart of the innovative and creative Confluence district. Le Sucre, as it is called, is nestled on top the Sucrière, a beautiful industrial-style building from the 1930s that has already welcomed the first editions of the Nuits sonores electro festival. The rooftop offers you a unique view on the Musée des Confluences on one side, and the quays of Saône river on the other side. The Black Atlantic Club programming and the Pablo Valentino dance-enticing residency have already seduced many locals. It keeps on renewing itself and offers an exceptional programme to break the usual party codes. You'll enjoy clubbing on a 400 sqm space before savouring your last drink up high.
50 quai Rambaud
Mama Shelter, for a trendy last drink
Located next to the banks of the Rhône River in the lively and hip Jean Macé district, the Mama Shelter is one of the most fashionable spots in Lyon right now. The hotel is both conceptual and contemporary, as the result of a fruitful collaboration between architect Roland Castro and famous designer Philippe Starck. The insurance of a fashionable moment! The scenography is surprising and the atmosphere shakes the moulds of modernity with a sense of humour and fantasy that will find their echo in your last drink. To do so, head for the Island Bar linked to the hotel to discover some of the house specialities. Like a central island of a lagoon, it is the beating heart of this amazing space. Enjoy a Lumberjack, using a Blackwell rum base with vanilla beans from Madagascar, ginger, lemon juice and egg white while listening to DJs and artists performing on demand.
13 rue Domer
La Maison Mère, for a last drink before the dance floor
Commonly referred to as the “Maison M”, this outstanding place has become one of the major spots in the local nocturnal scene. At once nightclub, concert venue and cocktail bar, it offers a stripped down, off the wall and eclectic decoration. This skilful mix of styles adapts to various types of events, from electro to hip-hop, soul, samba and reggae music... Shaking with crazy sound effects, you're sure to love that last drink all the more that the Maison Mère has also hired some of the best mixologists of the region. So do not hesitate! Come and dance, waltz, swing and whatnot in pace with an exceptional programme!
La Maison Mère
21, place Gabriel-Rambaud
+33 (0) 4 72 00 87 67
Fourvière Hôtel, for a religious last drink
Ideally located above the Roman amphitheatres and only a few steps away from the Basilica, the Fourvière Hotel is housed in an old convent that has been restored for the occasion. The lobby of this uncommon location is situated in an old chapel covered in murals. The lovely restaurant tables have been placed in the former cloister and bay windows have been installed for the customers' greatest delight. Even more unusual is the order, placed by picking up the phone. On a sunny day, the few outdoor tables –sheltered from the wind– ensure you a heavenly peace. For a last drink in a true spiritual setting!
23 rue Roger Radisson
+33 (0) 4 74 70 07 00
L'Antiquaire, for a last drink in a speakeasy
Located in the heart of the first arrondissement, very close to the Terreaux square, l'Antiquaire is unquestionably one of the best cocktail bars you are likely to find in the City of Lights. It presents itself as a speakeasy – an american clandestine bar of the 1930s. Its unique decoration seems right out of an American movie, with leather bench seats and dimmed lights. Meet up with your friends for a cosy and refined moment till the end of the night. You'll be able to try out one of the barman's famous cocktails: the Penguin at the Beach is a Wyborowa vodka-based drink, or maybe the Crab Key, with some 3-year-old Havana rum. Get ready for a travel back in time!
20 Rue Hippolyte Flandrin
+33 (0) 6 34 21 54 65