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.
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.
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.
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
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.