The 10 Best Bars Around the Port of Nice, France

Laura Pioli

With the glamour that surrounds the whole city and the beautiful Promenade Des Anglais, Nice boasts a pretty big port that’s one of the most important in the French Rivera. Drink in the atmosphere at one of these harborside bars.

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1. Wayne's

Bar, Pub, American

Located right in the heart of the Old Town, Wayne’s is a popular British pub that serves up fish and chips, and burgers, alongside a variety of drinks. Their beers are quire cheap, and they have live music followed by a DJ session. The pub also features various TV screens—perfect for watching sports with friends.

2. Yolo Wine Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, French, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

This is the perfect local spot to come for a glass of fine wine accompanied by some appetizers after a long day of strolling around Nice. The area where this bar is located is one of the liveliest in town, and Yolo Wine Bar is definitely one of the trendiest around. The wine bar offers sushi, as well as the more usual appetizers. The place features modern décor and there’s a large room upstairs. If you’re trying to avoid touristy places this bar will definitely not let you down.

3. El Merkado

Bar, Restaurant, French, European, Mediterranean, Tapas, Beer, Wine

A delightful spot for great cocktails and tapas, this Spanish bar, El Merkado, is always full of young people. The place is the perfect mix between a restaurant and a cocktail lounge. The place has lively music, a positive vibe, and the staff are friendly. Watch out for the bread with avocado and poached egg—it’s one of the best dishes in the bar if you fancy having something to eat with your drinks. Since this is a Spanish spot, trying a glass of sangria is highly recommended.

4. Le Café de Turin

Restaurant, French, Seafood, European, Mediterranean

People come to Le Café de Turin both for the wines and the seafood delicacies. Located in place Garibaldi, this French-style bar offers one of the best terraces in the area, ideal for the hot summer afternoons in Nice. Sample their famous oysters with one of the wines from their list, which features wines from different regions of France such as La Val de Loire, Alsace, Provence and Bourgogne.

5. Les Distilleries Idéales

Bar, French

Although the exterior of the bar, with its narrow street terrace, may not catch your attention, this is a popular and atmospheric bar. When the weather is nice you can sit outside and watch locals and tourists pass by as you sample a cocktail or three. A perfect spot to start a night out, the happy hour lasts from 6pm to 8pm. The martinis are worth trying, and they also offer a good choice of beers. You can also ask the friendly staff about their cheese and charcuterie platters.

6. Les 3 Diables

Bar, Pub, French, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

This bar offers excellent cocktails served with fresh fruit, a great atmosphere and really friendly staff. Located in the Old Town, in a square which is packed with other restaurants, Les 3 Diables is always busy so going there early is recommended. The venue also functions as a night club, so the music is upbeat and they have different DJ sets during the week.

7. Poco Loco

Restaurant, French, European, Mexican, Vegetarian

Poco Loco is a lovely Mexican restaurant which offers amazing deals for cocktails and serves quite large portions of food. The place isn’t too big so it is recommended to book in advance before going. The décor is colorful and the place has a warm atmosphere. Drop by and try their tequila.

8. Fred's

Bar, French, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Located just by the harbor, Fred’s offers a good selection of vodkas and whiskeys. They don’t have a cocktail menu but if talk to the bartenders they can create the perfect cocktail for you. This is a relatively small bar with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, good music and knowledgeable staff, where locals and tourists mingle.

9. La Havane

Restaurant, French, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, European

If you’re looking for a fun night out filled with music and dancing—particularly salsa dancing—head to this Cuban bar. La Havane is definitely worth visiting if you need a break from the typical French brasseries which you will have seen around the city. Happy hour starts quite early, around 5.30pm, and it lasts until 9pm. Enjoy their cocktails, and if you get hungry after all the dancing you should try their dish of Jamaican beef with tomatoes.

10. Jam

Bar, French, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

With nightly entertainment and really welcoming staff, the Jam has become one of the most popular bars in Nice. The music and the cocktails are brilliant, and the location is good too. Hidden in a back street in the heart of Nice, the Jam is the ideal bar for an evening with friends. They host live music and cultural performances every evening and they’re open to different artistic disciplines. If you haven’t made your mind up about what to drink, their red Bordeaux will remind you why French wines are so popular.

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