Nice is one of the most beautiful and cultural cities in France. It boasts a wide array of art galleries, historical attractions and fantastic restaurants, and is also a great city for a night out, with wonderful bars dotted across its fascinating neigborhoods. From the famous Promenade des Anglais to the historic Old Town, we’ve scouted the city for the best drinking spots going.
A fun bar with a great, trendy vibe, Master Home is a lovely spot for a drink. Happy hours especially worth looking out for – as well as particularly reasonable prices, board games are brought out so patrons can pass the time playing chess while drinking a superb Irish coffee, or cocktail, and snacking on complementary tapas. In the later hours of the evening, live bands play, followed by fantastic DJ sets.
11, Rue de la Préfecture, Nice, France, +33 (0)4 93 80 33 82
Juke House Café
Transport yourself to America in the heart of this southern French city at the Juke House Café. The décor plunges guests into 70s USA, with its black and white photos of New York and old vinyl covers and posters of classic rock bands. Not forgetting of course the centre piece of this charming establishment – the working Juke box itself. The bar also has a good range of food and drink options, including superb mojitos and brilliant burgers.
8, Rue Defly, Nice, France, +33 (0)4 93 80 02 22
Cave de la Tour
Located on the same road as the fascinating 13th-century Saint-François Convent, with its beautiful iconic tower from which the road and this bar take their names, the Cave de la Tour is one of the oldest and most authentic wine bars in the city. Founded in 1947, this lovely family-run establishment welcomes visitors into a genuine Niçois setting, serving a wide range of wines from the region and across the country, as well as real Niçois dishes. In short, an unmissable spot for any wine lover or cultural tourist.
3, Rue de la Tour, Nice, France, +33 (0)4 93 80 03 31
Snug and Cellar Bar
Nestled in the intriguing Old Town, the Snug and Cellar Bar is a cosy, intimate little pub that welcomes French locals and Anglophone visitors alike into its warm atmosphere. It embraces British influences and serves honest, delicious pub food, including a brilliant selection of beers, and, every Friday, some of the best fish and chips in Nice. In winter, a delicious homemade mulled wine is also served to warm up guests against the brisk conditions outside.
22, Rue Droite, Nice, France, +33 (0)9 63 08 02 12
Situated in the Old Town in the lovely Place Saint-François, the Nomad Bar serves simply superb beer and great food. Including some sumptuous burgers and generous salads, the food is filling and the perfect accompaniment to a drink. The well sheltered outdoor terrace is a lovely spot for some people watching, while the decor inside is tasteful and the classic rock music contributes to the overall friendly and nostalgic feel of this wonderful little bar.
3, Place Saint-François, Nice, France, +33 (0)4 97 08 34 86
A spot of authentic English charm in the centre of the Old Town, Wayne’s Bar guarantees its customers a great night of musical entertainment, with a large number of live bands every week, followed by DJ sets. A cosy place for an early evening drink or meal, the pub soon transforms itself into an exciting, atmospheric night-time bar once the bands start playing, complete with dancing on the tables.
15, Rue de la Préfecture, Nice, France, +33 (0)4 93 13 46 99
Conveniently located just a few hundred metres from the main train station of the city, Cave Romagnan boasts one of the oldest wine cellars in Nice and is a superb wine bar and a great spot for live jazz. A veritable celebration of all things artistic, the daily live jazz music is not the only factor making this place so attractive, but the general artistic vibe – helped by its art and photography exhibitions. This unpretentious, friendly bar is the perfect place to embrace the French culture of the apéro; a great spot to enjoy a glass of excellent wine while listening to brilliant music before setting off for dinner.
22, Rue d’Angleterre, Nice, France, +33 (0)4 93 87 91 55
Les Distilleries Idéales
Just around the corner from the stunning 17th-century Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, Les Distilleries Idéales is a buzzing little bar serving a great selection of beer, both local and from across the globe. It’s a wonderful spot to catch the local atmosphere, being full of a number of regular visitors, and its traditional décor adds to the authentic French experience of the place, as do the platters of cheese and charcuterie readily available. The outdoor seating is especially pleasant, complete with water sprays to cool guests down in the hot summer months.
24, Rue de la Préfecture, Nice, France, +33 (0)4 93 62 10 66
One of the most animated and exciting live music venues in Nice, Shapko Bar is designed with music in mind, with its central stage easily viewable from every seat in the bar. With live jazz bands every night, the ambience of the place is always superb and welcoming, while the outdoor terrace is a great spot for people watching. Uniting a number of South American themes, the Mexican snacks, which include nachos and quesadillas, are delicious and authentic, while Sunday nights are particularly special, with a Brazilian theme that lets visitors try out some samba dancing to fantastic music.
5, Rue Rossetti, Nice, France, +33 (0)9 54 94 68 31