Best pubs in Lyon to celebrate the Rugby World Cup 

Written by Jaimee Damon
THU 27 JUL 2023

You’ve got your Rugby World Cup travel package sorted with Wallabies Travel, but have you researched the best establishments in Lyon to celebrate the all-important 3rd half of a match? 


We’ve got you covered – to keep the good times rolling outside of the stadium, here’s a list of notable watering holes in the heritage city of Lyon, and one of the host cities of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.  


Le Smoking Dog, Saint-Jean district, Lyon 

Located in Lyon’s Old Town and main tourist area is Le Smoking Dog, an English style pub that loves its football. Great vibes, excellent selection of beers on tap (for very decent prices), and friendly staff.  


Getting there: 16 Rue Lainerie, 69005 Lyon. Just a two-minute walk from the Lyon Saint-Paul train station. 


L’Antidote, Saint-Jean district, Lyon 

Self declared as the oldest pub in town, The Antidote Pub certainly looks the part, leaning into the vibe with a French medieval fit-out. This Irish pub has Guinness on tap, a great range of beers and a cozy atmosphere. You might be lucky to catch a live music set while you’re there.  


Getting there: 108 Rue Saint-Georges, 69005 Lyon. Bellecour metro station is a 15-minute walk to the venue, across the Pont (Bridge) Bonaparte. 



Often broadcasting rugby matches, Ninkasi, a local and artisanal brewer for 25 years operates a dozen breweries and festive bars in the city, near Vieux-Lyon and OL Stadium.  

A venue centrally located is Ninkasi in the Saint-Paul district – Burgers, beer, whisky and music is what they claim to do best – the essentials to any rugby experience.  


Getting there: 5 Rue Octavio Mey. Saint-Paul station / Bus line C3 for public transport.  


Wallace Bar 

Scottish by name and nature, this pub and bar in the Saint-Paul district has over 200 whiskies available. An easy-going pub with a great atmosphere, head in for a beer, burger and enjoy the sports-loving energy.  


Getting there: 2 Rue Octavio Mey, 69005 Lyon. Gare de Vaise metro station is just a few steps from the venue.  


Elephant & Castle  

In the historic district of Vieux Lyon on the River Saône, take in this English pub with its large and unique range of British beers on tap and in bottles. Known for great food and service, order some classic English fare, or a range of delicious burgers, as you enjoy a couple of rounds with your mates between Rugby matches.  


Getting there: 16 Quai de Bondy, 69005, Lyon. Just a two-minute walk from the Lyon Saint-Paul train station. 


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