Thought that Normandy doesn't boast a vibrant nightlife? Then think again!


It may come as a surprise to learn that Rouen has the highest number of bars per capita in France! The city is a night owl’s paradise, and is the perfect place to keep the buzz going once the sun has set. Beer bars, pubs, cocktail bars, clubs playing every kind of music - Rouen’s night scene exerts a magnetic pull!

Ten miles away from Rouen, you will find France’s oldest nightclub: the Moulin Rose. Located at the heart of Belbeuf, a small village on the River Seine, the club is now ninety years old and is a real institution in the region.

(c) Le Moulin Rose


Home to over 30 000 students, Caen is also a fantastic place to party. A great way to see and experience the city's nightlife is to head to the Rue Ecuyère for a pub crawl you won't forget! The street alone is home to twelve bars and pubs where the atmosphere is always buzzing, warm, fun and inviting.


Cherbourg-en-Cotentin is Normandy's fourth largest city, meaning that nightlife options are plentiful. During the summer season, la Plage Verte (green beach) comes alive with many concerts and festivals, and in the narrow streets of the city centre, beer bars and pubs are aplenty. Local favourites include the Black Dog, Le Ô TapaSoiF, Le Kilbeggan’s or Le Solier.


Small and compact, Dieppe is a pleasant place to have a drink away from the hustle and bustle. One used to say that there were as many bars in Dieppe as days in the year, and although that isn’t quite true anymore, there are still many places left to have fun in town, especially along the Quai Henri IV or in the quartier Saint-Rémy, surrounding the church that bears the same name. On most weekends, live music takes place in bars such as L'Entrepôt, L'Epsom, Au Bout Là-Bas, Le BDB, le Douze or La Potinière.

(c) B. Collier