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Toulouse Nightlife

The city's student population puts the life into nightlife in Toulouse, even if glamour gets less of a look-in. Toulouse's world-leading aerospace industry adds a cosmopolitan feel to the general Frenchness. You can find up-to-date listings about cultural events in Toulouse online at www.box.fr or on the tourist office website (www.toulouse-tourisme.com).

Bars in Toulouse

Fat Cat

You're only steps away from Place du Capitole in this classy little spot with a cosy ambience. There's a bit of a Twenties vibe in this cocktail bar where bartenders have come up with some creative concoctions to go with classic drinks. Occasionally you'll have a live jazz piano soundtrack to your evening.

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Le Carbet d’Oc

This animated bar along rue des Filatiers adds to the general buzz you can feel in the Quartier des Carmes. There's some excellent tapas and charcuterie to go with its enormous selection of rums, as well as a lively terrace that's busy even when the weather is chilly.

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Telephone: +33 9 54 60 32 57.

No5 Wine Bar

Wine connoisseurs – and anyone else who wants to learn a little more about wine – have been flocking to this intimate little vaulted bar to taste some of the 2,200 wines on offer. They're all available via a clever machine that allows you to have a glass while the wine stays fresh for ages.

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Telephone: +33 5 61 38 44 61.
Website: http://www.n5winebar.com

Clubs in Toulouse

Le Royal’s

Labelling itself as the club for those in the 25-30 age range, Le Royal's hosts themed after-work parties as well as nights for enterrement de vie, which literally translates as "burial of life" but actually describes stag and hen dos. Tapas and early evening menus are available.

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Website: http://www.leroyals.com

Puerto Habana

Soak up the Cuban vibe in this gorgeous colonial-style space with a huge parquet floor that's perfect to dance the salsa and bachata. On some nights of the week, you can join the dance classes, whatever your level. Enter into the spirit with the fabulous cocktails and delicious tapas.

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Telephone: +33 5 61 54 45 61.
Website: http://puertohabana.fr

Zoom Club

Tucked away down a narrow alley off Rue Saint-Rome is this lively nightspot that doesn't open till midnight. But at least it keeps banging on till 7am from Wednesday till Saturday in a tight space that pulses with electro, funk and house from its resident DJ. And there's free entry.

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Website: http://www.facebook.com/zoomclubtoulouse

Live music in Toulouse

Connexion Live

This central club near the Jean-Jaurès metro station has something for everyone in its large space. Catch live music from mainly French rock, pop and funk artists on the main stage, or head to the separate bar – and its outdoor terrace – for a cocktail and some tapas.

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Telephone: +33 5 34 41 62 88.
Website: http://www.connexionlive.fr

Le Bikini

Follow the Canal du Midi south of Toulouse and you eventually reach Le Bikini, one of the city's most celebrated venues for live music. It's had an eclectic roster of performers since it first opened in another location in 1983, and has featured everyone from Elvis Costello to Sum 41.

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Telephone: +33 5 62 24 09 50.
Website: http://www.lebikini.com

Le Cri de la Mouette

For live music in Toulouse in a small and intimate atmosphere – and on a barge – then visit Le Cri de la Mouette. An ever-changing programme of pop, rock, hip-hop, reggae and funk keeps things fresh. You can find a full calendar of events on its website.

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Telephone: +33 5 62 30 05 28.
Website: http://lecridelamouette.com

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Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra

Right in front of the spectacular Théâtre du Capitole, this luxury hotel is where celebrities stay when in Toulouse. Formerly a 17th-century convent, there's nothing austere about the place now. Each room is individually decorated in hues of deep yellow or red, but all offer old-world charm combined with modern amenities.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

It's a few footsteps away from Place du Capitole, but when you step inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel you feel as though you've entered another world. With marble statues, lush greenery and an outdoor terrace with wrought-iron chairs, this feels more like Italy than France.

Pullman Toulouse Centre

Bright, light and modern, the Pullman Toulouse Centre is a business hotel that throws in a bit of style for weekend travellers. With funky scarlet chairs, white walls and elegant vases, it's a breath of fresh air. Don't confuse it with the Pullman Toulouse Blagnac, which is out by the airport.

Hôtel des Arts

Not to be confused with the substantially more upmarket Hôtel des Beaux Arts, this one may not have the glitz and glamour but it still has a great location. Just off Place St Georges, one of the most romantic parts of Toulouse, it's also within walking distance of the river.

Hôtel des Beaux Arts

For a room with an unforgettable view of Toulouse's Pont Neuf illuminated at night, try the Hôtel des Beaux Arts. The building itself has an 18th-century façade and a busy yet brilliant brasserie downstairs. Rooms somehow combine modern animal print cushions with a romantic charm from days gone by.

Le Grand Balcon Hôtel

There's a sense of fun in this 1930s hotel just off Place du Capitole. Fittingly, for a city associated with aerospace, the elegant rooms have a playful aviation theme to its stylish décor. They've even named a suite after one of its best-known guests: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aviator and Little Prince author.