Apéros and Terraces: After Works in Lyon


The sun is coming out and the mood is lighter, we selected a few places to get your “apéro” season started. Although, the concept of apéro lies on the principle of spontaneity, it’s always good to have some spots that you know are trustworthy. Between afterworks in Lyon and sunny Saturday afternoons, here is a list to pick your next rendez-vous from.


We divided our selection into three part to fit your needs the best way possible. First come are the “péniches” or barges, these are inherent to Lyon and you are always assured to feel someplace else. Then the spots that offer a great view or a nice little place, to impress friends and family when they come to visit you. Lastly, the spots that are a safe choice, you’ll always have a good drink in a good and accessible spot.


Best After works in Lyon




On the river Saône, in the middle of Confluence, this colorful barge offers a nice terrace and also a covered space where garage sales and DJ sets meet happily throughout the seasonal program.

47 Quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon


La Marquise

Just in front of the newly restored Hotel-Dieu, the Marquise barge has been in the lives of the Lyonnais for a while now. Between concerts, cheese platters and wine bars, each night is different and always worth your while. Be sure to check out their event on their Facebook page.

20 Quai Victor Augagneur, 69003 Lyon


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Banks of the Rhône with its barges, Lyon

Le Sirius

Right on the Rhône’s bank, the Sirius is a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace to enjoy the sunset on the city. With almost a different program every evening, you’ll be able to widen your musical horizons without even noticing it.

4 Quai Victor Augagneur, 69003 Lyon


La Barge

Filled with palm trees, La Barge gives you the feeling of being on the Riviera while you sip on your beer. With drinks and tapas, it’s a great place to enjoy the shy sun rays and enjoy the river. The electronic order eases the process, and avoids the long queue to order your drinks.

15 Quai du Général Sarrail, 69006 Lyon


The ones with the nice view

Buvette Saint Antoine

This place not only offers a large terrace largely inundated by the sun, if he’s out, but also a splendid view on the court and the Basilica of Fourvière. Closing everyday at 1 in the morning, it allows your afterwork to keep on going.

2 Quai des Célestins, 69002 Lyon


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Passerelle du Palais de Justice, and the basilica in the background


Les terrasses de Saint Pierre

Intelligently situated on the 1st floor of the Museum of Fine Arts, you can enjoy a nice escape of the city in a garden surrounded by lime trees. Accessible through the garden of the museum, you don’t have to pay the entrance fee. Closing at 17.30, it is the ideal spot for a nice afternoon tea on a Saturday or Sunday.

20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon


Les Muses

Hidden on the 7th floor of the Opera, you get a wonderful view of the town hall and the hill of Fourvière behind. Right in the center of the town, it is the perfect middle spot for all of your friends to meet in one accessible access.

1 Place de la Comédie, 69001 Lyon


The good ones

Eat’s and Drinks / Tony’s

Right on the Bellecour place, these two bars offer one of the busiest terrasse. With a happy hour from 17h to 21h, it’s a great spot to relax after a work day and grab a beer from their large selection while the sun sets down on the hill of Fourvière.

Place Antonin Poncet, 69002 Lyon



The owners created their own kingdom around beer. You’d never think, just when seeing the front that it opens on a terrace enclosed by trees and fairy lights for the long summer nights. They proud themselves with their natural and mostly locally produced drinks. Their beer selection is the most impressive, they originate all from a 200km ray around Lyon.

14 Rue Paul Lafargue, 69100 Villeurbanne

afterwork in the Bieristan backyard

Bieristan’s backyard  ©Bieristan


The Big White

If you’re a board lover, be it a surf, a snowboard or a skate, you’ll feel right at home here. For the specialists, you’ll recognize the name inspiration from the ski resort bearing the same name in Canada. Also, even if you don’t, the happy hour deal should finish to convince you: the pints and cocktails are 5€.

22 Rue Lainerie, 69005 Lyon



In the beginning of Les Pentes de la Croix-Rousse, this bar opens at 17h: perfect for drinks at the end of the day. The menu varies between various wines, beers, meat and cheese boards. With a very vintage vibe, their cocktail menu comprises ingredients that smell of an older France.

4 Rue du Jardin des Plantes, 69001 Lyon


Kaffee Berlin

For you German beers lovers, and for anyone who wants to immerse in the German culture, Kaffee Berlin is made for you. Between the beers and softs directly imported from the best brewery in Germany and their famous potatoes wedges, your afterwork promises to be remembered. The terrace stays sunny for a while.

3 Avenue Général Brosset, 69006 Lyon


If you come across any gems across town, please share it with us!