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Something of an institution in Lyon, this cafe has been in existence since 1864: it houses luxurious historical glassware, lush interiors and a brasserie-style menu. You can choose from rice and veal, mussels (when in season), sauerkraut and even filet of wolf! You can eat late in the evening, but during the day people go mostly to drink tea. You can also choose to sit at the terrace during the summer and winter months. A distinguished and serious establishment, the, "Négos", as it's fondly called by locals, is frequented mostly by people who know the cafe. With philosophy evenings every month, it welcomes great thinkers, and it must be said, those who like to show off!
A short distance away from Place Bellacour, the Le 405 Bar à Bières doubles up as a sports bar and a beer garden, serving at least 40 beers on tap and other bottled varieties. This place enjoys great happy hours and invites tourist to revel in their fun, breezy atmosphere. A mezzanine separates the sports-watching section from the quieter, more beer-centric portion of the bar. Non-beer enthusiasts can find solace in other alcoholic varieties such as rum, whiskey and cocktails. To nibble on, there are homemade varieties of hot dogs, pizzas and other American fast food available on the menu.
Les Berthom has served as a city landmark since the year 1994. A rustic space with a lot of wooden accents and an exhaustive list of standard and premium beers, it is frequented by scores of locals and tourists alike. With more than 50 ales, both on-tap and by the bottle, Berthom is a prime spot to gulp down those famous Belgian beers and other fine labels. Inventive cocktails and the choicest of whiskeys also populate its exciting libations menu.
Situated between Saint-Paul and Saint-Jean in the old Lyons, this bar is a place where your general culture will be put through an abrupt test, as the tables are surrounded by books! The atmosphere very English is the fruit of an undeniable tendency to drink and enjoy yourself, and you will love it. There is a giant screen at your disposal, and the prices are reasonable. Tuesday evening is the best time to come and show your drinking aptitude.