The Best Bars In Cité Internationale, Lyon

Cité internationale de Lyon
Cité internationale de Lyon | © Gonedelyon/WikiCommons
Oonagh Turner

Cité Internationale is a quarter of Lyon located in the north of the city. Renowned for its artistic focus as the home of Lyon’s Museum for Contemporary Arts, as well as a center for businessmen and women, the district is a hub for commerce and culture. The site is enclosed in architecturally impressive and contemporary buildings, with a plethora of restaurants and stylish bars. We’ve compiled a list of the best bars for post-work drinks or after a day of broadening your cultural horizons.

1. Le Lounge

Bar, Pub Grub, French, Contemporary

Le Lounge, Lyon
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This bar is located in Cité Internationale’s Hotel Crown Plaza. Le Lounge boasts a stylish interior and is decorated with contemporary furnishings such as comfortable leather sofas and low hanging lights for romantic lighting and ambiance. As well as the extensive range of wines and cocktails on offer for the hotel’s customers, there is also a selection of cheese boards and cured meat platters that are the perfect accompaniment to some fine French wine.

Suelta Verde

Suelta Verde is an authentic Mexican restaurant that doubles up as a bar. The concept of the bar adheres to a rustic Mexican theme, serving classic Mexican cuisine and cocktails. The bartenders use typical alcoholic spirits originating from Latin America to conjure up a Mexican vibe. What’s more, the bar is colorful and vibrant, with Latin music completing the feel. Customers can enjoy the lively interior or sit outside on the terrace.

Address & telephone number: 45 Quai Charles de Gaulle, +33 4 72 82 08 87

2. Spark Bar


Spark Bar

This riverfront bar is located in another one of Cité Internationale’s hotels, the Lyon Marriott. This bar is not on the ground floor and therefore has spectacular views over the wide green space that makes up Tête d’Or park, the Rhône river that dissects the city in two, and the metropolitan expanse of Lyon stretching off into the distance. The bar has an extensive drinks menu, featuring classic cocktails and various national wines, all in this luxurious setting.

Address & telephone number: 70 Quai Charles de Gaulle, +33 4 78 17 50 50

Grandes serres du Parc de la Tête d’Or | © Gonedelyon/WikiCommons

Lips Café

This bar is a favorite amongst the businessmen and women who work in this particular district of the city. After a hard day’s work, the bartenders at Lips Café are on hand to help customers unwind late into the night. The fittings and décor are contemporary and chic in style, suiting the young professional crowd it primarily attracts. The evenings at this bar continue well into the small hours, especially on nights when local DJs are playing.

Address & telephone number: 44 Quai Charles de Gaulle, +33 4 37 47 92 32

Comptoir JOA

Situated in the heart of the Cité Internationale district is this classic French bistro that doubles as a wine bar. Comptoir JOA is mainly a brasserie, but is also a popular choice among residents for meeting friends for drinks. On the menu is a wide selection of red, white and rosé wines, as well has craft beer, specially brewed for JOA. There is a pleasant terrace that opens out onto the main street of the neighborhood, so customers can watch the world go by with an unique tasting ale.

Address & telephone number: 44 Quai Charles de Gaulle, +33 4 78 94 97

3. UGC Ciné Wine Bar

Movie Theater, Cinema

The district’s very own cinema showcases various films from around the world, from obscure independent films to chart-toping blockbusters. The wide-ranging array of films cater to audiences speaking various languages, reflecting the truly international nature of the neighborhood. As well as the cinema being a great place to watch some engaging films, there is a cozy wine bar in the cinema’s lobby, an ideal spot to relax and reflect after a film.

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