Québec City has far more relaxed nightlife than Montréal: an evening spent in an intimate bar or a jazz or blues soiree is more popular than a big gig or disco, except among the younger set. Outside of the Festival d’Été in July, few major bands tour here, though there are plenty of spots to catch Québécois bands. Québec City’s main bar and nightclub strips are around rue St-Jean in the Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste and rue St-Joseph in Saint-Roch; both have lively bars and gay nightspots oozing atmosphere. Places on Grande-Allée tend to cater to tourists, but there are a few decent clubs at either end of the strip.

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