Le Bar à Vin
If you’re looking for a traditional wine bar experience, the aptly named Le Bar à Vin might be right up your alley. With various cheeses and around a hundred wines, there’s plenty of scope to try different combinations with friends. The outside seating is cosy, with high stools and some tables made from old barrels. Popular with locals for a good reason, this is an intimate venue you’ll be glad you found.
10 Rue Marceau, Cannes, France +33 6 23 73 44 43
Charly’s is perfect for people-watching; an intimate venue in a small cave-like setting. A former sheepfold, the bar is now decorated with palm trees and lights, rather than sheep. A music venue that doesn’t play generic electronic music, the DJ here spins hits from the 60s through to the 90s. The low cavern ceilings, combined with the rich purple lighting, make this bar feel like something out of a fantasy film.
5 Rue du Suquet, Cannes, France +33 4 97 06 54 78
Le Grand Hôtel’s bar is a nice spot for a few quiet drinks. Most nights, the bar is filled with music provided by the resident pianist. The lounge is warm and cosy, but outside is pleasantly lit and provides fantastic views of the sea and La Croisette, the city’s 2km stretch of coastline road.
45 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, France +33 4 93 38 15 45
The original Irish pub in Cannes, this is a place to escape from hip clubs and hang out in a more traditional pub setting. The bartenders all speak English (mostly as a first language), and are happy to recommend sights, or even give directions if you’re lost. Sports are televised in English, and there’s live music from Tuesday to Sunday. Grab a Guinness or something off their cocktail menu and sit outside in the summer heat.
10 Rue Teisseire, Cannes, France +33 4 93 39 34 57
The Carlton Hotel is where the stars converge during the Cannes Film Festival, and so it should come as no surprise that its bar is swanky and refined. Be warned that it’s pricey, so not for the budget-conscious. With a belle epoque aesthetic, fused with the feel of a modern hot-spot, this is a sophisticated venue for enjoying cocktails and snacks. Don your glad rags and keep your eyes peeled to see who you can spot.
58 Promenade de la Croisette, Cannes, France +33 4 93 06 40 06
La Chunga is a Cannes institution. A bar and restaurant that’s been open for decades. Its glory days were in the 70s and 80s, but the restaurant and bar came under new management in 2013, which has led to a revival of the venue. Food can be a bit expensive, but drinks are more reasonable. 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.
24 Rue Latour-Maubourg, Cannes, France +33 4 93 94 11 29
Le Bar L’Amiral
This hotel bar belonging to the Hôtel Martinez, ranks amongst the best piano bars in France. Enjoy the Art Deco styling and the pictures of celebrities lining the walls. Live piano and singing accompanies drinks on the terrace every evening in the summer season, so pretend you’re in Hollywood and sit with a martini. Over the winter, the musicians are still out – everyday apart from Monday.
73 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, France +33 4 93 90 12 34
The Cotton Club
Within the Auberge Provençale da Bouttau wine bar, is the Cotton Club, a jazz lounge. This bar-within-a-bar has live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The rustic French styling of the restaurant contrast the jazzy tones of the music, but, like jazz itself, the two opposites fuse into something that somehow works. If you can’t make it on Friday or Saturday, Auberge Provençale da Bouttau is a perfectly respectable bar itself, but it truly shines in the Cotton Club.
10 Rue Saint-Antoine, Cannes, France +33 4 92 99 27 17
Just a minute’s walk from the beach, The Quays is an Irish pub with a good view and a seriously relaxed attitude. With a paddle boat hanging from the ceiling amidst the dark wood interior, it really captures the pub feeling. Seating is limited, so on nights with live music (Thursdays and Sundays), show up before the band starts at ten if you want to sit inside.
17 Quai Saint-Pierre, Cannes, France +33 4 93 39 27 84
Get a feel of local Cannes at this cute waterfront winebar. Drinks are served surrounded by old casks, paintings from local artists, hanging hams and more. The vibe is low-key and very French with over one hundred wines and a selection of elegant dishes. It’s a tiny spot, so come early, especially on a live music night.
18, rue du Suquet, Cannes, France +33 4 93 39 77 74