'Voulez Vous Danser Avec Mois?' The French Riviera's 10 Best Clubs

Some nights you just want to dance. And when you have the urge to cut loose in the club, Nice and it's French Riviera neighbors like Cannes and Monte Carlo more than indulge. Nightlife in this region, especially during the summer season, is in abundance and offers options for all types of after dark enthusiast. If you're just looking for a low key place to dance between shots at the bar, then check out one of the town's excellent British pubs like Wayne's or Big Ben, which offer live music but also spots to just chill out should dancing not be everyone in your party's mission. And then there are true 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 mix of dancing and seating and a great local vibe. While most of our picks are in Nice, we've also included two options in Cannes. The city, famous for its celebrity guests and film-festival, has some of the hottest exclusive nightclubs on the French Riviera, and should you want to party with royalty, billionaires and movie stars, it's imperative to at least try to gain entry at La Baoli in Cannes.  

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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



Located in the nearby town of Cannes – just 10 minutes by train from Nice – Zoa is a hip fusion sushi restaurant serving some of the best cuts of raw, fresh fish in town by day and early evening. But long after the sun has set and the final...  Read More

Le Baoli
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It is not easy to get into this club and should you be deemed cool enough to get past the armed bodyguards manning the door, once inside expect to have a very big night out. Still, if you want to party with actual royals, Hollywood royalty or...  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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La Suite


This ornate, over-the-top bar and club has been drawing huge crowds since it opened thanks to attentive service (door people, bartenders, and even valets) and its chic Baroque decor. The door policy leaves many people outside, which has added to...  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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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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