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With its picturesque squares and long, warm evenings bars in Montpellier have an inherent advantage. As well as an array of wine bars and typically French establishments, Montpellier has a handful of British and Irish-style pubs serving up beer and sport.

Licensing laws stop the revelry going on too late, with bars closing at 2am in the summer and 1am the rest of the year, but a handful of nightclubs in the centre allow the party to continue. On the outskirts of Montpellier purpose built clubs offer further choice for those willing to stump up for a taxi or commit to the long walk back into town.

Some of the clubs double up as music venues. Montpellier rarely attracts big name acts but there’s a steady stream of French and up and coming bands playing a handful of venues. Plus, in the summer some truly stunning venues – such as Théâtre De La Mer in Sete – play host to excellent alternative acts.