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Avignon Nightlife

Avignon is not a big nightlife centre. Even the dance venues tend to be bars rather than nightclubs. Late-night bars are mainly focused around place de l'Horloge, place du Palais, rue Carnot and place des Corps-Saints.

However, things become especially frenetic during the Avignon Festival. Avignon is more of a high-culture place, even outside festival time, with frequent classical performances.

Bars in Avignon

Caves des Pas Sages

In the southeast part of town, the picturesque lanes of the old Teinturiers quarter lie just inside the city wall. Tucked away on a cobbled waterside lane is this relaxed bar inside a wine shop. Open Monday to Saturday from 1000 to midnight, it offers a mellow atmosphere and live music on Saturday.

Address: , 41 rue des Teinturiers, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 3274 2586.

Le Cid

The pick of the bars in the Place de l'Horloge, gay-friendly Le Cid offers ringside seats to the action in this busy main square. Choose from the chilled-out interior or heated terrace, where you can also grab a plate of sushi to go with your aperitif.

Address: , 11 place de l'Horloge, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9082 3038.

Pub Z

This buzzy bar around the corner from Avignon's Les Halles food market in Place Pie offers a long list of rum-based drinks served in a cool and funky interior dominated by wacky zebra motifs. Open till 0130, it features everything from electro and rock to soul and disco.

Address: , 58 rue de la Bonneterie, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9085 4284.

Clubs in Avignon


Open from midnight until 0700, there's a non-stop party atmosphere at Bokao's. Dance and electro pump from the speakers in this sleek setting with its glass bars and pink and blue lighting. It has themed evenings mid-week and free admission on Thursdays, plus an onsite restaurant.

Address: , 9 bis Quai St Lazare, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9082 4795.

Club Les Ambassadeurs

This stylish, crowded dance club is open Thursday to Saturday from 2330 to 0600. Entry is free but drinks are pricey, and there's a strict smart-casual dress code. There's cosy seating arranged around the dance floor, as well as a quieter comfortable bar area, but tables have to be reserved in advance.

Address: , 27 Rue Bancasse, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9086 3155.

Red Zone

In this eclectic club and bar, DJs play anything from salsa to house to hip-hop. Open until 0300 daily, it's often packed, but retains an intimate feel. It has two separate bars and a terrace as well as the dance floor. It often hosts theme nights or has live music from guest bands.

Address: , 25 rue Carnot, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9027 0244.

Live music in Avignon

AJMI Jazz Club

AJMI Jazz Club at La Manutention arts centre is the city's most respected cutting-edge and contemporary jazz venue. It hosts a wide variety of performers in the evening in a warm, convivial and intimate setting. There are also jazz masterclasses during the day and it even has its own recording label.

Address: , 4 rue des Escaliers Sainte Anne, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9086 0861.

Classical music in Avignon

Dance in Avignon

Theatres in Avignon

Théâtre du Chien qui Fume

Théâtre du Chien qui Fume puts on a varied programme of theatre, music and improvisation evenings. Set among the watery lanes of the Teinturiers district, it has long been a leading venue for performing arts in western Provence. There's an emphasis on contemporary drama and it's noted for its creative, imaginative flair.

Address: , 75 rue des Teinturiers, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9085 2587.

Music and Dance in Avignon

Opéra d'Avignon

The graceful Opéra d'Avignon, built in 1847, puts on operas, operettas and symphonic and chamber music concerts, as well as theatre and ballet. It's the foremost stage in this part of Provence for classic high culture. It also allocates part of its season to experimental and contemporary works and young performers.

Address: , Place de l'Horloge, Avignon,
Telephone: +33 4 9014 2640.

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Featured Hotels


La Mirande

Opposite the Palais des Papes, this former cardinal's palace from the 14th-century is all sophistication and attention to detail. The rooms are delightful, and the hotel's restaurant is one of the best in town. The sumptuous décor has been chosen with flair and imagination. Expensive, but this is luxury with charm and personality.

Hotel de l'Horloge

Well placed on the main square, this handsome old 4-star hotel is in the midst of all the life of the town. Noise is not usually a problem, but if you're concerned, ask for one of the quieter rooms at the side. Rooms are small but comfortable and attractively decorated.

Novotel Avignon Centre

Well positioned just outside the gateway into the walled city, the Novotel has easy road and rail access, an underground car park, a decent restaurant, swimming pool and spa, as well as bright, spacious, comfortable bedrooms. And it is only 10 minutes' walk to all the attractions of the city.

Hotel de Blauvac

This small, inexpensive hotel is just off the place de l'Horloge in a sensitively converted 17th-century mansion. It feels redolent with history, especially in the rooms with mezzanines and walls of massive exposed stone blocks. A warm welcome and 16 very basic but comfortable rooms make this a fine, well-placed budget choice.

Hotel Splendid

The Splendid offers six simple, well-kept, brightly decorated little rooms. It occupies an ordinary terraced house in a quiet residential street within the city walls, opposite the garden of an old cloister. It's well placed for anyone arriving by train, as it's just a few minutes' walk up the street from the station.

Hotel Colbert

The Colbert's arty style, with bright decor, pictures on the walls and unusual breakfast plates, are all the product of the creative and generous spirit of hosts Patrice and Annie. Rooms are tiny but adequately equipped. Access is very convenient, and all the sights and city centre are just minutes away.