While French Riviera towns like Antibes and Cannes are highly seasonal, Nice is a proper major city (the only one in the French Riviera actually) that is home to a vibrant nightlife scene with dozens of bars, lounges and pubs to quench your thirst year-round. Whether you're looking for a rowdy pub to quaff back pints with other English speaking visitors and ex-pats or a chic and very French lounge to order bottle service and chill before hitting the small dance floor, Nice has options for all styles of watering hole. Try long-time scale favorites like Akathor Pub and Bar des Oiseaux, which have plenty of seats at the bar and tables, but also offer an opportunity to dance, should you wish to groove. Or head to one of Nice's cozy pubs like Big Ben or Wayne's for a more conversationally social atmosphere plus weekly trivia or karaoke nights or watching the big game on the flatscreen. While for a tres chic local experience check out Le Ghost, which has a speakeasy vibe, great cocktails and DJs that spin each night – it's a bar/club hybrid, but a very intimate space. Beyond Nice, Cannes is just a 10 minute ride by train, and offers more bar and nightlife options, including a swank favorite spot that's listed here.
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