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Hotel bar Le Bar du Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais, all walnut wood and opulence, is the stand-out classy joint in Nice. If you’re feeling particularly flush visit Le 37 Prom, the Negresco’s champagne bar, to pair a bottle of France’s finest with caviar for the ultimate posh evening treat.
Nice is a known spot on the jazz circuit, with several high-quality venues. Best of all is Le Staccato (Rue du Pont Vieux), especially its weekends-only cellar.
For late-night clubs, you’ll want the Old Town or the Promenade des Anglais. In the former are gay-friendly Le 6 (Rue Raoul Bosio) and intimate Le Ghost (Rue Barillerie) with its seductive electronica.
The main hedonist’s hangout, however, is the seaside High Club (Promenade des Anglais). Actually four venues in one, it hosts international DJs, an ‘80s disco room and around-the-clock dining.
Numerous other pumping venues are scattered along the front, including some located below the Promenade.
On and around Place Garibaldi are unusual cafe-bars and longstanding local stalwarts, including Café de Turin, famed for cocktails, fresh seafood and a quintessentially French atmosphere.
Just to the north is Le Volume (Rue Defly), a cafe and cultural centre where emerging bands play jam sessions, while a jaunt in the opposite direction gets you to Comptoir Central Électrique in Rue Bonaparte. Marked by potted olive trees, this former lighting factory and its upcycled sofas make for a great place to chill out.
The Opéra de Nice in Rue Saint-François de Paule is a vintage grande dame dating to 1885. Ballets and chamber concerts are staged alongside its opera, and there are regular free shows.
Fancy a film? Rather unusually, the affordable Cinéma Rialto (Rue Rivoli) screens un-dubbed films. Watch an English one and ignore the French subtitles.
Visit our eating out in Nice page for dining ideas ahead of your night on the tiles.