French Nightlife

While the smaller towns in France, like small towns anywhere, may not be known for their nightlife, the big cities certainly come to life after dark. For the best nightlife, there is nowhere more exciting than Paris. Parisians are known for their very full after-work lifestyle. They meet friends at a cafe, go out for dinner or to a show, then end the night with a quick trip to a bar or dance club.
Sitting outside a café people watching is very popular, as is pub-crawling. Seeing a world-class live theatre show, or going to the cinema or opera, are a small part of the wide range of entertainment awaiting residents and visitors alike. Listings of special events can be found in the weekly ‘Pariscope’. Ticket agencies are located throughout the city, but for tickets to concerts and theatre at a discount, check out the theatres on the day of the performance. Very often, they sell leftover tickets that are greatly discounted. Students with ID can also often get discounted tickets at the theatre box offices.
Paris is not the only French city that has a robust nightlife. Nice, on the Mediterranean coast, offers many jazz clubs, concert halls, dance clubs, and more. The Cabaret du Casino Ruhl offers cabaret shows at the weekend. The casino is open daily. Tickets to local shows and concerts can be purchased at the FNAC on Avenue Jean Medicin.
Nearby Cannes is also home to many concerts, and frequent train services connect the cities. If you are flying into Nice, ask for a listing at one of the information kiosks at the airport. If you are one of the lucky people to be on a Mediterranean cruise that docks nearby, ask on the ship for advice about that evening’s happenings.