When you look at the French Riviera and look at some of the towns and cities on it such as Monte Carlo, Marseille and St. Tropez you know that any of the towns or cities are home to a lively nightlife. Nice is no different. Go on a night out in this city and it won’t be forgotten for a while.
Along the Promenade de Anglais is where you will find many of the city’s best clubs along with the casino which always guarantees a memorable night, as well an expensive one (if you don’t win anything, of course). It is also the perfect place to go to enjoy some nocturnal activities without spending a cent as there are always street performers there at night. Other areas which are home to many different pubs and clubs are Masséna and Vieux Nice.
As you would expect in such a lively city there is a pub to suit everyone’s taste, particularly in the Vieux Nice and Masséna areas. Whether its dance music, rock or maybe jazz which you favour, explore the streets around these areas and you won’t be looking long.
Nice has two particular events which stand out on the social calendar – the annual Nice Jazz Festival (last week in July) and the city’s carnival which takes place every February. For the best guides to what is happening keep an eye out for l’Exés which is a free brochure found in most tourist offices. Another publication which is good for weekly listings is La Semaine des Spectacles.
1, rue Mascoïnat, Nice, France
After a couple of nights out in Nice you'll begin to notice it gets surprisingly timid after 2am. Thankfully, Blue Whales keeps things ticking in the Old Town until 4.30am. It attracts a slightly grungy crowd due to its blend of live bands and rock music. Between 6pm and 9pm is happy hour.
Open daily from 6pm-4.30am.
26, quai Lunel, Nice, France
This club gives visitors a warm atmosphere the minute they walk in the door. The music played varies from jazz to funk and soul. And to make things even better the price of drink is refreshingly reasonable.
11, rue de la Préfecture, Vieux Nice, Nice, France
If you want to enjoy a few pints of beer while keeping in touch with your friends on email this is your sort of pub. Along with a wide variety of beers and whiskeys there is an internet cafe also in this Scottish themed pub.
64, rue Gioffrédo, Nice, France
The decor alone will keep you occupied in this pub. With a great atmosphere also, all spread out over two floors, try and pay a visit if you are visiting Nice.
5, rue St-Vincent, Nice, France
This is one of Nice's best kept secrets. You may find yourself looking a bit longer for this bar than expected, but the shows and concerts they house are worth it. The best way to visit this bar is to buy a meal/show combination.
4, rue Mascoïnat, Vieux Nice, Nice, France
A lively pub with live music playing regularly and cheap beer. Hence, definitely worth a visit.
6, rue de la Tour, Nice, France
The staff in this nightclub make sure to fee you priviliged as, along with your drink at the bar, you are presented with a handful of sweets also. As the name suggests, it is the priviliged who usually go there so don't wear your scruffy jeans. Plus try not to looked too shocked when hearing the price of your drink.
18, rue des Congrès, Nice, France
L'Ambassade has a crowd coming from all different backgrounds and different ages. Inside are two bars and one dance floor.
11 rue Alexandre Mari, Nice, France
This is considered as Nice's most exclusive club, but then again most are. If you are a girl you will get in free before 1am.
67 quai des Etats-Unis, Nice, France
If you are planning on dancing the night away, Disco Butterfly will suit you as it is always pumping out the latest house, garage and techno tunes. One of the newest clubs in Nice.
4 rue St-François-de-Paule, Nice, France
If you want to experience a bit more culture Nice's Opera House is a good place to begin. Many well-known operas and plays have featured there. If you do plan on going check local listings to see whats on.
15, rue de la Préfecture, Nice, France
Attracting backpackers from all across the globe, Wayne's is the craziest bar in Nice and a night here isn't to be missed. There's something different going on every night - Sunday is live karaoke night, Monday is 'Bingo Monday' while Thursday is 'Lady's Night'. Lots of dancing on the tables also.
Open daily from 12 noon-1am.