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Nice's nightlife runs the gamut from grungy backpacker pubs in the Old Town to pumping nightclubs on the seafront. You’ll also find numerous beach clubs just below the Promenade des Anglais and buzzing cafés in Place Garibaldi.

Nice has long been associated with the arts, which lives on today through the city’s theatres and opera house. There are also frequent cultural events throughout the year.

Bars in Nice

El Merkado

Known for its warm ambience and delicious Sangria, this little tapas bar is favoured by travelers and locals alike. Although the tapas are sometimes hit or miss, the burgers come well recommended, and the drinks are out of this world. Sit on the outdoor balcony for a truly French communal experience. 

Address: , 12 Rue Saint-François de Paule, Nice, 06300
Telephone: +33 4 9362 3088
Website: http://www.el-merkado.com

La Havane

Cheap cocktails and Latino beats flow into the early hours at this lively Cuban bar. There are also salsa classes for those that fancy dancing along but don’t know how. The atmosphere is welcoming and the food is pretty good too. The lounge bars nearby are pretty pedestrian by comparison.

Address: , 32 Rue de France, Nice, 06000
Telephone: +33 4 9316 3616.
Website: http://lahavanenice.com

Les Distilleries Idéales

With its belt-operated ceiling fans, vintage bar, and wooden panelling, this distillery-themed boozer is full of charm. The bland selection of draft beers may be disappointing, but it has a great selection of whisky and outdoor seating, and making it the place to kick off a good night out.

Address: , 23 Rue de la Préfecture, Nice, 06300
Telephone: +33 4 9362 1066.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ldinice

Clubs in Nice

High Club

Brunch at 3am anyone? Well, that’s the norm at this hedonist’s hangout, which offers round-the-clock dining as well as beachfront clubbing. Four venues in one, Studio 47 offers 80s and disco; Sk’ High is gay friendly; and High showcases France’s top DJs. The fourth, Fooding, keeps your strength up with late-night nosh.

Address: , 45-47 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 06000
Telephone: +33 6 1695 7587.
Website: http://www.highclub.fr

Le Ghost

There’s an intimate vibe in this small club found in the depths of the Old Town. The dancefloor can be a bit of a squeeze, to say the least, but good cocktails and a varied playlist mixing house, trip hop, and drum and bass easily make up for the crowded space.

Le Ghost is only open Thursday to Saturday.

Address: , 3 Rue Barillerie, Nice, 06300
Telephone: +33 4 9392 9337.
Website: http://leghost-pub.com

Le Six

This gay-friendly club opens until the early hours and can get fairly wild at weekends and during the February carnival. The music comes courtesy of Le Six’s resident DJs and guest divas, while regular cabaret shows and themed nights add to a lively, late night party schedule.

Address: , 6 Rue Raoul Bosio, Nice, 06300
Telephone: +33 4 9362 6664.
Website: http://www.le6.fr

Live music in Nice

Opéra de Nice

Resoundingly ornate, this 19th-century landmark is Nice’s premier classical venue. With a stunning location along the shore, the house is home to both the renowned Nice Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ballet Nice Méditerrannée; book your tickets online to enjoy a baroque evening in gilded surroundings.

Address: , 4-6 Rue Saint-François de Paule, Nice, 06300
Telephone: +33 4 9217 4000
Website: http://www.opera-nice.org/

Shapko Bar

By day Shapko is great place to grab a cold beer, sit outside, and watch the world go slowly by. By night, this chilled out bar bursts to life with lively jazz performances. Come on the weekend if you love the crowds. The tiny dancefloor gets hot and sweaty, which can add to the fun.

Address: , 5 Rue Rossetti, Nice, 06300
Telephone: +33 6 1510 0252.
Website: http://www.shapkobar.fr

Wayne’s Bar

The antithesis to Nice’s swanky lounge bars, Wayne’s is a down-to-earth drinking den that more than resembles a British pub. Inside there’s a friendly atmosphere and live bands every night. The venue also serves reasonably priced food – another reason why it's so popular with travellers.

Address: , 15 Rue de la Préfecture, Nice, 06300
Telephone: +33 4 9313 4699.
Website: http://www.waynes.fr

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Hotel Negresco

The most exclusive address in town is an old but not fusty place that has elegantly idled by the Promenade des Anglais since 1913. Recent major refurbishments have kept this grande dame ahead of the game, but the antiques and furniture collectables angle the atmosphere towards a bygone era.

Spity Hotel

On the site of the former Hi Hotel, this chic accommodation maintains the former’s emphasis on elegant and ultra-modern design. Within one of the 38 sleek, industrial bedrooms, you’ll find lava stone tubs and neon walk-in showers. Amenities include an organic breakfast buffet, private beach, day spa, lounge bar, and a rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of Nice.

 

Hôtel Nice Beau Rivage

At only a two-minute walk from the seafront and a three-minute walk from Opéra de Nice, its little wonder this chic hotel was once frequented by a number of famous writers and artists. Today, the refurbished building offers a private beach, a whiskey bar, and a classy outdoor lounge for reclining during the summer months.

 

Hotel Villa St Hubert

Although it’s not in the city centre, this homely hotel is close to a tram that leads directly to Place Masséna, making it a great value for your money. Some of the traditionally furnished rooms have balconies with views across the rooftops, and breakfast is served in a charming tree-shaded courtyard.

Palais de la Méditerranée

This beautiful art deco hotel has some of the best views in town, which are best enjoyed from the swimming pool on the terrace above the Promenade des Anglais. Elegant rooms boast smooth contemporary decor and views out over the sea. A sauna, gym, and Turkish bath add to the 5-star allure.

Hôtel Le Meurice

Less than a minute away from the Promenade des Anglais, and within staggering distance of the nearby bars, Hotel Meurice offers comfortable and convenient accommodation at a reasonable price. The service is excellent—the staff goes out of their way to please guests—and while rooms are a little small, they’re finished beautifully.