Cannes Nightlife

Cannes has a lively nightlife that usually spills into the following morning. It’s hardly Ibiza, but the town has a plethora of pubs, bars and clubs, ranging from swanky celebrity hangouts to backpacker boozers dedicated to the time-honoured tradition of getting their punters plastered.

If you’re in the mood for love, the cobbled alleys of Le Suquet are perfect for a romantic drink. If you fancy something a bit livelier, head to rue des Frères Pradignac and the surrounding streets, which are peppered with pumping bars. High rollers and gamblers gravitate towards La Croisette’s more exclusive establishments. 

Culturally, Cannes plays host to a variety of events throughout the year, most famously the International Film Festival. For entertainment and cultural listings visit www.cannes.com and for film festival tickets contact the Palais des Festivals (www.palaisdesfestivals.com).

Bars in Cannes

Brown Sugar

Festooned with antique bikes, old lanterns and musical instruments, this kooky bar is a fun and friendly place to drink. The cocktail list is lengthy, the vibe is relaxed and the music is upbeat yet sociable. There are also free bar snacks for patrons; little wonder Brown Sugar is so popular with the locals.

Address:
17 Rue Frères Pradignac, Cannes, France
Telephone: 04 9339 7010.
Charly’s

It’s a cave bar, but not as we know it. Shaking off the dark and dingy reputation most cave bars are besmirched with, Charly’s is a chic and sexy haunt that’s popular with the hip crowd. The music is foot tapping but not booty shaking and the bar staff are well versed in the art of cocktail making, which of course don’t come cheap. There’s also a waterfall inside.

Address:
Rue du Suquet, Cannes, France
Telephone: 06 6090 3837.
Morrison's Pub

With its entire décor imported from Ireland, Morrison’s is a magnet to Cannes' youthful foreign crowd. There are plenty of reasons to join them in this Irish pub and lounge – not least the wide choice of drinks at fairly reasonable prices. This popular watering hole also serves pub grub and shows live sport.

Address:
10 Rue Teisseire, Cannes, France
Telephone: 04 9298 1617.

Clubs in Cannes

bâoli

If you harbour a penchant for star spotting then bâoli is the place to drink during the film festival. This chic lounge bar and club is a popular hangout for celebrities, although you could probably shoot a low budget movie for the price of a round in here. DJs spin the vinyl until the small hours and if it all gets too much there’s a lavish garden with sofas, drapes and palm trees.

Address:
Port Canto, Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, France
Telephone: 04 9343 0343.
Bar 4 U

One of the hippest hangouts in Cannes, the clientele in Bar 4 U look like they’ve stepped off the catwalk. If you’re slightly self-conscious give it a miss, but if you like knocking back premium-priced cocktails and dancing with the beautiful people it’s worth a visit. Live DJs play an eclectic mix of Euro-house that will take you through until the wee hours.

Address:
6 Rue Frères Pradignac, Cannes, France
Telephone: 04 9339 7121.
Le Night

There’s rarely a dull moment at Le Night, which has become something of an institution in Cannes thanks to its ever-changing themed nights. Gays and straights converge at this racy club, where live DJs keep the party going until sunrise. Expect partial nudity at some point.

Address:
52 Rue Jean Jaurès, Cannes, France
Telephone: 04 9339 2050.

Live Music in Cannes

Le Bar des Célébrités

Within the palatial hotels along La Croisette there are many piano bars, but Le Bar des Célébrités is probably one of the best. This lavish, belle époque era lounge epitomises the glamour of Cannes and, as the name suggests, has entertained the odd celeb from time to time. There’s a great cocktail list, although some of the prices would probably bail out a toxic EU economy.

Address:
InterContinental Carlton Hotel, 58 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, France
Telephone: 04 9306 4006.
Morrison's Lounge

A smarter and livelier relation to the boozer next door, Morrison’s Lounge attracts a similar clientele to the pub of the same name. If you don’t want to remortgage your house for a night on the tiles, this easy-going club is the place to party with live DJ sets, bands and the occasional comedy night.

Address:
10 Rue Teisseire, Cannes, France
Telephone: (04) 9339 3457.
The Quay’s Irish Pub

This unpretentious Irish boozer is the antithesis to some of the haughtier venues in town, so you won’t find designer clad posers peacocking in the latest labels here. Instead this down-to-earth pub offers reasonably priced drinks and live bands, which play at the venue every Thursday and Saturday.

Address:
17 Quai Saint-Pierre, Cannes, France
Telephone: 04 9339 2784.

Classical Music in Cannes

Palais des Festivals

During the Musical Nights of Le Suquet, international orchestras perform in the Palais des Festivals, and chamber orchestras play on the steps of Notre Dame de l'Espérance in Le Suquet. Leading orchestras perform during the festival, such as the Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Regional Orchestra. The palais also hosts numerous dance, theatre and opera performances, including the International Dance Festival, which comprises a mix of neoclassical, contemporary, minimalist and postmodern dance.

Address:
Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, France
Telephone: 04 9339 0101.

Theatre in Cannes

Théâtre Alexandre III

This intimate theatre (seating just 176) prides itself on being a true theatre of the city, showcasing local actors in contemporary productions, as well as encouraging up-and-coming talent through workshops and community links with nearby schools and colleges.

Address:
Boulevard Alexandre III, Cannes, France
Telephone: 04 9394 3344.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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