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Nightlife in Nice!

Now that you’ve bought your apartment in Nice, you’re going to want to explore what the city has to offer after-hours! Take a look at our restaurant blog for the best restaurants in Nice…… and for the best bars in Nice just keep reading!

Most people congregate around the Cours Saleya in the Old Town for fabulous restaurants such as the Safari, la Voglia or the nearby Grand Balcon. You will find that the market square buzzes with activity in the evening and in the summer you will always find street traders selling handmade trinkets, paintings and other artisanal products. The Cours Saleya is a great place to people watch and is our recommended first stop to get a taste of Niçois nightlife!

Cours Saleya night

In summer, a lot of people go to the beach bars to sit sipping their wine or cocktail on the beach! The best of the beach bars are Beau Rivage, Castel and Ruhl, but it is worth noting that they are not open extremely late. If you’re looking to stay out a little longer, it’s best to hit the Old Town!

Here is your Attika team’s pick of the best bars in Nice, enjoy!

Irish bars

Ma Nolan’s is a lively Irish pub which serves good pub grub as well as drinks. There are two Ma Nolan’s bars in Nice: one in the Old Town close to the Cours Saleya, and one at the port. If you fancy testing your knowledge the they also do quiz nights. In fact, the quiz tradition in Nice started at Ma Nolan’s! Get there for an 8pm start, questions are in both English and French. Sometimes they have live music on in the evenings too.

Ma Nolan's Nice

O’Neills is another Irish pub in Nice which is on rue Droite, again in the Old Town.

Le MacMahon is on the edge of the old town used to be an Irish bar but is in fact a really nice wine bar serving great food now. Definitely worth a visit as it’s all been newly refitted and they have a great range of wines! Le MacMahon can be found at 50 boulevard Jean Jaurès 09 53 16 95 97

Checkpoint is another lively bar situated in Nice Old Town with live music, DJ and big screens for sport. Situated at 2 rue Desboutin, 04 93 13 96 92

Live music bars

One of the best and most popular bars in Old Nice is Wayne’s. Always busy and always lively you are guaranteed a good night at Wayne’s. Traditionally an Anglophone hang out, you will hear increasing amounts of French being spoken there these days! They are open all day and serve traditional pub food, which is perfect for those who miss good old pie and chips, and have live bands and dj every night! Do not be surprised when everyone get up and starts dancing on the tables when the music starts – it can get hot and sweaty but all age groups are welcomed. Fantastic bar staff too!

The Snug & Cellar in Old Nice has staked out Wednesdays, and their English Quiz Night is so popular that you need to get there well in advance to be sure to get a seat for the 8:30pm start. Corner of rue Droite and rue Rossetti.

Master Home on Rue de La Prefecture in Old Nice is another great place for live music! Just next to Wayne’s, this bar has live music every evening at apéro-o’clock (7-10pm) and a great atmosphere to boot! 04 93 80 33 82

Master Home Nice

Good for midweek

Cave 35 on rue de la Buffa is a great place for weeknights. The front of this place is a wine shop, and in the evenings they open up the back which is a stylish bar. You are guaranteed good wine and a good atmosphere here!

Atrium on rue Alphonse Karr is another place which is very popular mid week. There is a good apéro hour, when you will be served nibbles with your drink, and sometimes they have live music too! 04 93 62 08 73

Bubbles, situated at 7 avenue de Suède, is a relatively new wine bar in Nice. Very trendy, it gets packed out early on in the evening!

For a glass of champagne after work, the rooftop of the Reserve restaurant on Franck Pilatte at Nice Port is lovely. Cosy AND amazing views!

During the summer months THE PLACE to be on a Thurs night is the rooftop of the Radisson on the Promenade des Anglais. You have to get there by 7 to get in as it gets packed, but has a great ambiance, fab views and a great DJ. Everyone will be dancing and make sure you dress up! 04 97 17 71 77

La Suite is another good bar in Nice Old Town which is very popular with the locals! 2 rue Bréa, 04 93 92 92 91

Champagne Nice

Jazz Bars and Clubs

Home of the Nice Jazz Festival, Nice is a town that certainly knows how to do jazz!

Shapko, just off Place Rossettiin Old Nice, is owned by Russian sax-man Dimitri Shapko, who runs the show and still plays occasionally. They feature live jazz 5 nights a week (Wed-Sun) and it’s a quirky, fun club, especially on Sunday and weeknights when they waive the 5€ cover charge.

Cave Bianchi’s “Jazz En Face” It only happens on Wednesdays, there’s no sign, and if you didn’t know about it you would never find it… Wednesday nights starting at 9:30pm, therenownedwine store Cave Bianchi unlocks the door to their cellar (7 rue Raoul Bosio in Old Nice) for a jazz night, often with theexcellentSeb Chaumont Trio. 10€ cover charge, then good wines by the glass for 5€.

Le B-Spot is situated just behind the Attika office! A great venue for jazz, spacious yet intimate, urban yet warm, and even Bono has been spotted here!! The cover charge varies depending on the group, and it’s strongly recommended to call in advance to reserve a table: 04 93 92 00 90. Doors open at 8:30 pm, music goes from 9:30-midnight. 24 ave Marechal Foch

Cave Wilson is a very convivial wine barwith live jazz on Wednesdays and weekends. Located outside the Old Town, just off Place Wilson at 16 rue Gubernatis

Master Home in Old Nice (just next to the famous Wayne’s!!) has a nightly jazz piano bar from 7-10pm, 11 rue de la Prefecture in Old Nice. Great music and a great atmosphere. You even get free tapas with your drink after 6pm!

Le Abat-Jour (‘the Lampshade’) is composed of two bars: whereas the upstairs is techno/dj/rock, thedownstairscompletely opposite:hip and comfortable, with overstuffed furniture, crimson lampshades, eclectic artwork andintriguinglive music on the weekends. Rue Benoit Bunico in Old Nice.

Jazz in Nice

Clubs

If dancing is what you’re looking for them head to HI club on the Promenade (opposite HI beach). Do bear in mind though that this place is predominantly for the younger crowd; for the big nightclubs people tend to go to Monaco or Cannes.