10 Best Places to Dance and Drink in Nice

As the only major city in the French Riviera, Nice has a much more vibrant and diverse apres dark scene than neighbors like Cannes or Antibes, although if you want to roll the dice well into the night in a glittering casino atmosphere, hop on the train to nearby Monte Carlo (it's just 30 minutes to the east by rail). But in Nice itself, when it comes to nightlife you have a rainbow of choices. There are homey pubs, including quite a few excellent British ones like Ben Ben and Wayne's, for casual pint quaffing with people from around the globe in chill environs. And there are dress to impress DJ led dance parties at A-list clubs like L'Ambassade and Les Trois Diables, which attract the city's social set and don't get going until nearly midnight. For something in between, try long-lived mainstay bars like Akathor Pub and Bar des Oiseaux, which have a mixture of dancing and seating. And then if you want the ultimate tres chic local experience check out Le Ghost, which has a speakeasy vibe and excellent DJs spinning a different style each night. Note that many nightlife venues in Nice serve a daily happy hour and many also serve food, which will help with the morning hangover. Here we give you a range of our favorite places to party in the city.   

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Big Ben


Another authentic feeling British pubs in Nice, Big Ben offers a much more relaxed atmosphere than most of the others in town. If you want to avoid blaring lights, booming music, and gyrating bodies and instead want to relax with a cold pint in...  Read More

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Le Pub Opéra


In the heart of Old Nice, this bar has been serving the artsy crowd in an elegant setting for decades now. Located across from the Opera House and other cultural venues, it has a swanky upscale vibe and offers excellent service as long as you...  Read More

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Walking inside Wayne's you'll forget you are in France – it feels exactly like a raucous pub in London with an inviting dark wood interior. As such, it is the most famous English pub in Nice and has a reputation with English-speaking tourists...  Read More

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This club does not cater to the rowdy young backpacker set, but offers great music, ambience and dancing to a classy, sophisticated crowd. Wear your best, for the locals and visitors here are typically high fashion and dressed to the nines. The...  Read More

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Comfortable seating and ghostly interior creates the ideal backdrop for the skilled DJ's, who play nightly at this small club with a speakeasy vibe – you'll have to ring a bell the get in. A different style of electronica is is spun each...  Read More

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Located in the heart of Vieux Nice, on cours Saleya, this club has been popular for years now thanks to a rotating line up of nightly events – during the week there's karaoke and pub quiz nights and even an evening dedicated to students, while...  Read More

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Café de Turin
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This cafe and bar has been around for years and has collected a large, local following, who come not only for a cocktail, but also for its excellent fresh seafood. Tucked onto one side of the place Garibaldi, the location is prime and the...  Read More

Les Distilleries Idéales


The exterior and the interior are quite basic, and you may not even realize you are passing a bar unless you happen by during a raucous show. However, this small bar is popular among locals for its unique list of drinks and its low-key...  Read More

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Bar des Oiseaux


Tucked away in a far corner of popular Old Nice, this bar may be difficult to find, but it is worth searching for. Comedians and entertainers frequently take the stage to amuse uproarious crowds at the bohemian favorite. There is live music most...  Read More

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On the main tourist strip in Old Town, this international pub is known for its party atmosphere and live music scene and has been a player in the Nice nightlife scene for nearly 20 years. It attracts huge crowds during the season, both tourists...  Read More


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