A centrally located nightlife institution in Marseille, on the south of the Vieux Port, Bar de la Marine is renowned for – among other things – being the venue used by celebrated novelist and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol for the card-party scenes in cult 1930s film Marius. Expect busy tables, an eclectic crowd and a lengthy drinks list.
Marseille has a dynamic live music and club scene. The best areas for nightlife in Marseille are the Vieux Port, Place Thiars and the Escale Borély, a waterfront development south of the town centre (a 20-minute ride on the bus 83), right by the sea. Also worth checking out is Cours Julien, a square lined with cafés and restaurants in the La Plaine area.
For nightlife listings, check out Sortir, in local daily paper La Provence (www.laprovence.com), and L'Officiel des Loisirs, both out every Wednesday. Otherwise Vox Mag is a free fortnightly publication with listings, available from La Fnac, Virgin and many venues. A good online guide for nightlife is http://marseillebynight.com (French only).
To buy tickets for events online, try La Fnac (www.fnac.com), Virgin (www.virginmega.fr), FranceBillet (www.francebillet.com) or Ticketnet (www.ticketnet.fr). Tickets are also often available directly from the venues.