The capital and fourth largest city of Morocco, Rabat
demonstrates a more modern side of the country, in stark contrast to cities like Fes
. With international influences evident in the dining and drinking scene, Rabat boasts some popular and bustling bars. Here we explore 10 of the best in the city.
La Cabane Bambou, Al Yacout
If you’re looking for character and soul, then look no further than La Cabane Bambou, Al Yacout. Restaurant by day, serving both Moroccan and French cuisine, and bar by night, La Cabane Bambou Al Yacout entertains guests from 7pm until 2am in the morning. Ideal for a fantastic and delicious lunch or dinner and an evening of entertainment -which can be enjoyed either inside or on its inviting terrace- it’s no surprise that this bar has a loyal fan base. Boasting festive and sometimes themed nights, the trendy bar is littered with vibrant and colourful African decor.
La Cabane Bambou, Quartier Hassan, Rabat, Morocco,+212 5372-62861
Pub, Mediterranean, $$$
Perfect for pub lovers, Le Privilege boasts a friendly and optimistic ambiance, where laughter and fun are the first things on the menu. The venue boasts an exceptional live band to energize the ambiance in the evenings, as well as much loved resident DJs to ensure an amazing and captivating atmosphere.
Le Privilege, 78, rue Ouad Ziz, Agdal, Agdal Riyad, Morocco, +212 5376-80377
Bar, Spanish, $$$
A Spanish-inspired tapas bar in the heart of the capital of Morocco, El Palatino serves a tempting range of typical tapas, alongside fantastic live musical entertainment. El Palatino is praised for its friendly and inviting atmosphere, and boasts a fantastic selection of reasonably priced drinks. Guests can relax in this warm and dimly lit bar and feel as though they are in Spain, whilst dancing to the in-house DJs.
El Palatino, Avenue Allal Ben Abdallah, Rabat, Morocco, +212 537708132
Upstairs is a venue complete with traditional wooden tables, Anglo-Saxon flags, and beer advertisements lining the walls. This charming Irish bar transports guests from the bustling streets of the Moroccan souks to the enchanting country of Ireland with their wide selection of beers, wines, and home-made Irish cuisine. A comfortable bar where guests can smoke, drink, and chat, Upstairs is a home away from home for many.
Upstairs, Avenue Michlifen, Rabat, Morocco
The impressive and sophisticated Amber Bar, which gets its name from its amber-covered interior, is located in the luxurious Sofitel Hotel and boasts a chic lounge ambiance inside, as well as an inviting and elegant outdoor terrace which overlooks the beautiful Andalusian Garden. Amber Bar serves tempting tapas and hosts fantastic live music by night, which guests can enjoy whilst choosing from a list of classic cocktails. Drinks here are an art form, with expert bartenders putting on a mixology show in front of guests, topping off what promises to be a relaxing and luxurious bar experience.
Amber Bar, Souissi, Rabat 10000, Morocco, +212 5376-75656
Le Diwan Hotel Bar
Another hotel bar, Le Diwan Bar, or Le Bar XO is a renowned and popular cocktail bar which boasts a fantastic music scene, fusing jazz, blues, and French chansons. Enjoy traditional Moroccan tapas alongside a creative cocktail and live entertainment in this sophisticated location. A cozy and inviting lounge bar, Le Bar XO boasts a jazz themed decor to match the music being played.
Le Diwan, Place de l’Unité Africaine, Rabat 10005, Morocco,+212 530-200390
Embark on what promises to be one of the most unique lounge bar experiences of your life in this one-of-a-kind premier boat bar. Located on the river mouth, below the stunning Kasbah of the Udayas, the enchanting Le Dhow, set in what appears to be a replica of an old Moroccan merchant vessel, is a venue full of character. Complete with wooden fixtures and an elegant interior, guests can relax on the boat and enjoy the best of French cuisine, with everything from veal to steak. Not only can you sample fantastic dishes, you can relax and enjoy a cocktail on the sun deck, or relax in the lounge whilst you wait for an evening concert to start.
Le Dhow, Avenue Al Marsa, Rabat, Morocco,+212 5377-02302
Le Puzzle is a lively and chic bar located in the popular Agdal quarter. Nowadays, Le Puzzle is considered one of the city’s hot spots, transforming from a popular daytime restaurant into an even more popular night-time bar. The venue attracts a sophisticated crowd who enjoy sampling the affordable beer whilst watching the daily live gigs and weekly karaoke nights. A popular location thanks to its high quality service and buzzing atmosphere, Le Puzzle offers guests a taste of English pub gastronomy, alongside Moroccan and French cuisine.
Le Puzzle, Avenue Ibn Sina, Rabat 10080, Morocco,+212 5376-70030
With an interior made entirely of ice, guests can enjoy this alternative to traditional Moroccan mosaics and enjoy a lively night on the town. Popular with the younger crowd, Ice Bar is a surprisingly cozy and friendly place, perfect for a sit down drink, or alternatively an all-night dance off.
Ice Bar, Complexe Dawliz , 10000 – Rabat
Tour Hassan Bar
Due to the taboo surrounding alcohol in Moroccan culture, the best and safest place to enjoy a drink is in a hotel bar. Tour Hassan is another example of a luxurious lounge bar in which guests can not only sample fantastic and tempting drinks, but enjoy the art of their creation too. Head to the piano bar for a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a delicious morning coffee, or try the welcoming outdoor terrace area where guests can stargaze whilst listening to jazz music, and enjoy a glass of your favorite wine.
Tour Hassan Bar, 26 Rue Chellah B.P.14, Rabat, Morocco,+212 5372-39000