Culture lovers will enjoy the city's wealth of art, in particular the fine collection of European paintings on show in the Musee Fabre, the forever changing and totally captivating exhibitions held in the Galerie Photo de l'Esplanade, or Carre Saint-Anne's. Those interested in local history should make a beeline for the Musee Languedocien, which has magnificent antique and medieval collections as well as the Vieux Montpellier museum for its antique objects and furniture.
Film buffs will find that Montpellier is well catered for cinema lovers with two huge multiplexes: the Mega CGR and the Gaumont Multiplexe, both of which are situated on the outskirts of the city.
As far as theater is concerned, there are many different kinds to suit all ages. Small children will adore the shows put on in the Petit Theâtre de la mer, a small theatre situated in the seaside town of Palavas, just 8km from Montpellier. Adults will enjoy the performances in La Paillade's Theâtre Jean-Vilar on the outskirts of Montpellier, the season at the Theâtre Molieres in nearby Sète, the programme in Clermont-l'Herault's Theâtre Municipal or the Theâtre Lakanal des Beaux-arts' offerings.
In Fitzpatrick's — a typically Irish pub—you can enjoy a pint of draft beer in pleasant surroundings. The theme evenings organized in the Fil and the Inedit are fun too. If you prefer sitting out on the terrace, head for Roule Ma Poule or the La Place bar, both of which overlook two of the prettiest squares of the city. Once the evening's in full swing, a young, student crowd meets up in the Macadam Pub or the Odyssee, while those who are mature tend to favor the cozier, more intimate surroundings of the Circus or the Comptoir.
A number of nightclubs, most of them situated along the coastline near beach resorts, let clubbers in for free: there's Matchico (varied clientele and music), Pulp (great interior design), Villa Rouge (techno music, gay and hetero clientele), and Souleil Galerie (the bronzed hordes' favorite!) for those die-hard clubbers among you!