It’s easy to eat well in the “belly of France” but if you’re also looking to quench your thirst, here’s where to drink cocktails in Lyon:
L’Antiquaire: Discrete Classic Cocktails in Lyon
On the scene since 2010, L’Antiquaire is the go-to reference for craft cocktails in Lyon. This lovely little lounge ticks all the boxes: mood lighting, comfy booths, and a glossy wooden bar lined with tall stools that provide the perfect vantage point from which to watch the skillful staff turn out classic cocktails or signature creations. Cool old French alcohol ads adorn the walls, they are open 7/7, and warm nights are perfect for the petite sidewalk terrace. Coming here for cocktails in Lyon, is like a comforting visit to a trusted old friend.
Tip: A second bar, Jockey Club, is open upstairs on Fridays and Saturdays.
Pelican: Cocktails and Tapas
This newer addition to the city’s cocktail scene brings a breath of fresh air with a bright, modern interior, high ceilings, and big windows. The menu features plenty of signature creations made with fresh fruit and veg like the savory World Class France winning cocktail the Gold Snapper made with gin and bell pepper. They also sell bottled cocktails and offer a tasty tapas menu to share for snacks or make a meal.
Tip: Take things to the next level with one of their cocktail workshops.
Le Grisbi: 100% French Cocktail Bar
The recently opened Le Grisbi features more than 200 bottles behind its bar and all of them are 100% made in France. While you won’t find any tequila here there are plenty of options to tickle your fancy like French whiskies, gins, vodkas, rums, eau-de-vies, liqueurs, vermouths and more. The decor is industrial meets speakeasy and the musical vibe covers hip-hop, electro, jazz and blues territory. You can almost make a meal of their meat and cheese board, which includes a deliciously gooey local Saint Marcellin. Try something classic or go for their more creative options like a CBD-smoked cocktail.
Tip: Keep an eye out for their monthly brunches featuring oysters and films.
Cigale: Gin Bar & Cocktails in Old Lyon
This little hidden gem is nestled amongst the cute cafes lining the cobblestone streets of Vieux Lyon. You’re sure to find a perfect G&T combo from their 100+ references of the spirit and selection of classy tonics. The bar staff can turn out traditional cocktails on request or choose from a menu of signature drinks made with gin or a range of other spirits. Their snacks menu includes a tasty (and generous!) plate of thinly sliced saucisson.
Tip: Check out their selection of local artisanal terrines.
Soda Bar: Vintage Vibes and Cocktails in Lyon
Opened in 2006, Soda Bar has long been a stalwart for cocktails in Lyon. A cool crowd of cocktail lovers congregate here to sip classics and house creations in vintage style. Retro leather armchairs, black and white photos and a groovy soundtrack all add to the atmosphere.
Tip: Soda Bar stays open until 3am on weekends for late night cocktail lovers.
Monkey Club: Victorian Curios and Cocktails
Another long-termer on the Lyon cocktails scene, the Monkey Club is a sizable bar with lots of seating between the victorian curio parlor themed interior and the large and lively sidewalk terrace. Staff is fun and friendly, the vibe veers towards a party, and the wellmade drinks go down easy.
Tip: It’s good for groups and serves fun punches for 4 to 8 people.
L’Officine: Trendy cocktails in a historic Lyon location
Housed in one of Lyon’s most historic refurbished buildings, l’officine is a large, luxurious and lovely lounge. Old school film clips are projected on the walls as trendy clientele canoodle in comfy banquettes or clink glasses on the spacious outdoor rooftop terraces.
Tip: They have a nice option of gift cards should you want to share something special with a friend.
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