Considering its glittering reputation, it’s no surprise that Cannes has a steady supply of trendy drinking haunts. Whether you’re hunting down a well-made cocktail, a delicious glass of wine to sip while taking in the views or a more raucous evening, Cannes has something for everyone. Read on for the best Bars in Cannes, where you can feel like a star under the French Riviera sky.
Chrystie is a raucous, late-night place for people who look the part and have money to spend. It centres around a circular bar where people congregate for ‘after works’, which is what the French call happy hour. It has a cabaret feel and you shouldn’t feel shy about dressing up – this place still has a ladies’ night. People love the cocktails, the minibar snacks and the lively atmosphere.
Just opposite Cannes’ famous Palais, which hosts the film festival each year, you’ll find Zoa Bar. As a restaurant, it serves sushi as well as local dishes and Asian delights. It’s fun because the music is DJed or live and runs until 2.30am, so it’s a very cool way to eat your dinner. It does get busy, so it’s better to book. People like the attentive service, the drinks menu and the cosy atmosphere.
La Chunga, a bar and restaurant that’s been open for decades, is a Cannes institution. The food can be a little expensive, but the drinks are more reasonable – as Britain’s Times newspaper said in 2018, its clientele knows what is in a whisky sour and have enough money not to worry about the prices. With its friendly staff and live entertainment, it’s no wonder that this bar has lasted the years. The fact that it stays open until 5am also helps.
In or thinking of going to Cannes on a city break? Read our article on the best brunch and breakfast spots that this beautiful city has to offer.
Or looking for the more underground drinking establishments? Then read our article on secret bars in Cannes.