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Marseille Nightlife

Marseille has a dynamic live music and club scene. The best areas for nightlife are Place Thiars and Cours Honoré-d'Estienne-d'Orves in the Vieux Port, and Cours Julien, a square lined with cafés and bars west of the port. Marseille By Night (www.marseillebynight.com) is a good online guide for what's happening in the city once the sun drops (French only).

Bars in Marseille

Bar de la Relève

The St-Victor district in the seventh arrondissement is steadily growing in popularity and is home to several bars, restaurants and food shops much loved by the bobo (bohemian bourgeois). Top of the list is laidback Bar de la Relève, where the tables spill out onto the street.

Address: 7e, 41 rue d'Endoume, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9509 8781.

Café de la Plage

A swanky cocktail bar facing the sea near the Prado beaches, Café de la Plage is popular with the hip surfer crowd. The view is as big a selling point here, as the cocktail list, while the music leans towards trendier tastes.

Address: 8e, Avenue Pierre Mendès, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9171 2176.

Carry Nation

The wicked spirit of the Prohibition is evoked in this clandestine bar that's deliberately difficult to find and won't reveal its address. Behind an innocuous-looking shop and through a secret door is a 1920s-themed joint, which requires a code to enter (via the website). Only then can you sit back with a cocktail.

Address: 6e, , Marseille,
Telephone: +33 9 5026 0166.
Website: http://www.carrynation.fr

Clubs in Marseille

Le Bazar

Geared towards teens and early twenty-somethings, this seasonal club is open from on Fridays and Saturdays from October until April. Come May, the action moves outside to La Palmeraie for dancing under the stars. Thursday is kitsch night, when the music is strictly 1980s and 90s.

Address: 8e, 90 boulevard Rabatau, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 6 5852 1515.
Website: http://www.bazarmarseille.com

Le Trolleybus

Situated in what was originally a 17th-century weapons store, Le Trolleybus has been a fixture on Marseille's nightlife scene since it opened in 1989. There are three clubs (Le Whiskybar, La Dame Noire Dancing and La Suite), which all serve up a mixture of house, electro, funk, soul, pop and rock.

Address: 7e, 24 quai de Rive Neuve, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9154 3045.
Website: http://www.letrolley.com

New Cancan

Marseille's most established gay club is open from Thursday to Sunday and has been going hard for more than 20 years. New Cancan also puts on also regular themed nights that range from Halloween spectacles to anniversary celebrations. Occasional big-name musical acts add to the appeal.

Address: 1e, 3-7 rue Sénac de Meilhan, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9148 5976.
Website: http://www.newcancan.com

Live music in Marseille

Dock des Suds

If you're looking for an emblem of Marseille's multiculturalism, this is the place. Specialising in world music, Dock des Suds is an expansive venue showcasing artists from as far afield as Cameroon and South Korea. It also offers an affordable slice of the city's colourful music scene.

Address: 2e, 12 rue Urbain V, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9199 0000.
Website: http://www.dock-des-suds.org

Espace Julien

With a schedule featuring everything from French artists and jazz stars to hip hop and local bands, Espace Julien is a theatre venue with a rich cabaret atmosphere and a lively reputation. It's more than just a live music though and it dedicate its space to rehearsals, lessons and other cultural goings-on.

Address: 6e, 39 cours Julien, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9124 3410.
Website: http://www.espace-julien.com

Le Moulin

Located in the Saint-Just area of the city, this former 1950s cinema used to show the biggest film stars on its silver screen, but now it hosts the best bands on the touring circuit. Boasting two rooms, everyone from Oasis and Femi Kuti to George Clinton and Nick Cave have performed here.

Address: Saint-Just, 47 boulevard Perrin, Marseille, 13013
Telephone: +33 4 9106 3394.
Website: http://www.lemoulin.org

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Hotel Lutetia

Conveniently located in a quiet street close to La Canebière, only 200m (656ft) from the railway station, this is a charming, comfortable hotel in the heart of Marseille, with easy metro access. Many of the rooms are more stylish than you would expect from a budget hotel.

Hipark Residences

With a choice of 114 smart apartments available for short, medium-term and longer stays, the Hipark Residences are a good alternative to the usual city-hotel options. They're in the southeast of Marseille and place an emphasis on spacious, modern design. Given the levels of comfort, they're good value.

Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

Between the rocky headland of the Pharo and Fort St Nicolas, the indulgent Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port offers a near-unbeatable panoramic view of Marseille. The hotel has a swimming pool, eight meeting rooms (the largest of which can accommodate up to 130 people), a cocktail bar, a gastronomic restaurant and a spa.

InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu

Sitting imperiously over the Vieux Port from its perch near Le Panier, this 18th-century former Hotel Dieu is one of Marseille's most luxurious hotels. Most of the sleek, comfortable rooms have views of the Vieux Port, and many have balconies. There's also a renowned restaurant and a Clarins spa with an indoor pool.

Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach

Located by the sea between the Vieux Port and the Convention Centre, the Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach offers a unique view of the Prado Bay. It has stylish, contemporary rooms and suites, all with sea views. There's also a swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, jogging course and landing stage.

Le Petit Nice Passédat

This exquisite 19th-century villa in Hellenic style is set in lush gardens on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean. There is no denying that it's pricey, but the rooms are exceedingly comfortable and beautifully decorated, the service top notch, and the restaurant one of the best in town. The views are fabulous too.