The 10 best ideas for evenings out in Lille

Renowned for its nightlife and crazy student parties, Lille has plenty of surprises in store for you after dark. Sporting events, themed bars and the most unusual places to explore are all part of the nightlife in the north of France. The pretty cobblestones of Vieux-Lille are revealed in a new light, illuminated by the artificial lights of the legendary signs and the favourite spots of the locals, where some tourists come to enjoy the unique atmosphere for an evening. Watching a football match at Stade Pierre Mauroy, eating Italian food at La Bellezza, doing a barathon on rue de la Soif or dancing at Network are all part of this top 10 list of the best night out ideas in Lille. Put on your best sequined tops and head off to have fun in all four corners of the capital of Flanders!

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Taste a welsh in an estaminet

Beer, cheese and bread... that's the generous recipe for welsh, the most typical dish in Lille! To taste it, head for the rue de Gand, where estaminets, traditional restaurants, are plentiful. At A Taaable, tradition and the region take centre stage. Welsh is an institution here, and home-made food is a must!

  • Address: 62 Rue de Gand, 59000 Lille
  • Opening times: noon - 2:00pm / 7:00pm - 9:30pm Monday to Friday, noon - 3:00pm / 7:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday, noon - 3:00pm / 7:00pm - 9:30pm Sunday
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See a match at Stade Pierre Mauroy

Bringing together almost 50,000 people, the Stade Pierre Mauroy is an essential meeting place in the capital of Flanders. For 90 minutes, the fervour of the supporters from the north of the country ignites and warms up the place, offering visitors a moment out of time. Visiting Lille for a while? Don't forget to go and see a match at Stade Pierre Mauroy!

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Sipping a cocktail at La Pirogue

With its tropical ambience, brightly coloured decor and festive service, La Pirogue is a place where customers can enjoy a drink on the move. At the centre of the long list of cocktails, each more tropical than the last, the mythical Zazou arouses curiosity. Kept secret like a treasure, the recipe for this cocktail which has made the reputation of the place launches a wave of investigations every evening led by a few budding investigators.

  • Address: 16 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, 59800 Lille
  • Opening times: 17:00 - 00:00 Monday to Thursday, 17:00 - 01:00 Friday, 17:00 - 02:00 Saturday
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Drink a beer at La Capsule

On the corner of a charming street in Vieux-Lille, a stone's throw from Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille Cathedral, La Capsule beer bar attracts many malt lovers every evening. Behind the counter, look up to admire a wall full of beer taps, with a regularly changing selection. A friendly atmosphere, impromptu lessons on Flanders' flagship drink and mixed boards to share: ideal for an evening out with friends!

  • Address: 25 Rue des trois Mollettes, 59800 Lille
  • Opening times: 5:30pm - midnight on Mondays, 5:30pm - 1:00am on Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 01:00am from Wednesday to Thursday, 5:30pm - 02:00am on Fridays, 4:00pm - 2:00am on Saturdays, 6:00pm - midnight on Sundays.

A barathon on rue de la Soif

Very popular with students, Lille's 'thirsty streets' and their bars fill up at the end of the day, from the middle of the week onwards. In the centre of the city of Flanders, rue Masséna and rue Solférino are renowned for their many pubs, kebabs, discotheques and other nightlife spots at very competitive prices. Stroll around to the rhythm of the music.

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Attend a show at the Comédie de Lille

Surrounded by the bars and restaurants of the lively rue Solférino, the Comédie de Lille offers a humorous interlude where letting go is the key, for theatre lovers and novices alike. Comfortable red armchairs, brick walls and unique stage designs promise exceptional evenings in the bustle of Lille's nightlife.

  • Address: 204 Rue Solférino, 59000 Lille
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Italian food at La Bellezza

Behind a leafy glass façade, the glittering decor, the chanting accent of the waiters and the transalpine smells of La Bellezza take customers right to the heart of Italy. In this very reputed Lille trattoria, the flavours of truffles, tomato sauce and cheese emanate from the generous menu.

  • Address: 126 Rue Esquermoise, 59800 Lille
  • Opening times: 11.45am - 2.15pm / 6.30pm - 10.15pm Monday to Thursday, 11.45am - 2.15pm / 6.30pm - 10.30pm Friday, 11.45am - 3.15pm / 6.30pm - 10.30pm Saturday, 11.45am - 3.15pm / 6.30pm - 10.15pm Sunday.

Dancing the night away at Network

A famous nightclub in the student district, the Network is a favourite meeting place for young Lilleers looking for a festive night out! Internationally renowned DJs have come here to set Lille's nights alight, making it one of the city's must-visit nightclubs.

  • Address: 15 Rue du Faisan, 59000 Lille
  • Opening times: 11pm - 7am Tuesday to Sunday

Eating out with friends at Grand Scène

Everyone eats what they want, but everyone eats together; that's the principle behind food-courts, and Grand Scène is the place to be in the capital of Flanders. Burgers, Mexican tacos, Italian dishes and even Thai specialities are on offer at this temple of street food, at various small counters. As for the atmosphere, concerts, entertainment and shows are put on every week, making it the ideal place to go out with friends!

  • Address: 31 Rue de Béthune, 59800 Lille
  • Opening times: 10am - 11pm Monday to Tuesday, 10am - midnight Wednesday to Saturday, 11am - 7pm Sunday

Sharing a board at Monsieur Jacques

In the midst of the countless estaminets on the rue de Gand, the intimate Monsieur Jacques wine bar has carved out a special place for itself. Its appetisers and wide selection of wines are sure to win the hearts of epicureans! It's the perfect address for a Lille-style toast...

  • Address: 30 Rue de Gand, 59800 Lille
  • Opening times: 6pm - 12am Sunday to Thursday, 6pm - 1am Friday, 6pm - 2am Saturday
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