The Best Bars in the Vieux Area of Nice, France

Nice - Beach - Promenade des Anglais
Nice - Beach - Promenade des Anglais | © rhodesj/Flickr
Alex Locker

Located on the scenic south coast of France with panoramic views across the Mediterranean Sea, Nice has become one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. For those wishing to explore its nightlife scene, here are the best bars in the old town.

1. Shapko Bar

The Shapko Bar in Nice is well known for its love of jazz and blues | © Courtesy of Shapko Bar
© Courtesy of Shapko Bar | © Courtesy of Shapko Bar

Visiting the Shapko Bar is a must for any lovers of jazz and blues. The casual, yet vibrant atmosphere combines well with and a good range of cocktail favorites. This is the place to go for any tourist wishing to escape the bustling bars on the promenade strip. Come and enjoy a classy evening with good music in this beautiful, seaside town.

5 rue Rossetti, 06300 Nice, France, +33 9 54 94 69 31

Shapko Bar ©Shapko Bar

2. Hi Beach

Bar, Restaurant, Mediterranean, French, Vegetarian

With views of the romantic Mediterranean sea, the Hi Beach bar is perfect for visitors wishing to kick back and watch time pass by. With a variety of drink options including wines, cocktails and the usual soft drinks, this bar is a firm favorite for anyone wishing to remain close to the seafront in the evening.

3. Kings Pub

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

Situated in the southwest of Nice, on the borders of the old town, the King’s Pub provides a vibrant atmosphere for an upbeat night out. Well loved by tourists, this bar seeks to provide a glimpse into the international club-music scene, while catering for the drinking requests from the mixed crowd. You may wish to come early, for ‘happy hour’—5pm to 8pm.

4. La Havane

Restaurant, French, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, European

A Cuban restaurant and cocktail bar in the evenings, this is a popular destination for visitors looking for an energy-packed night out. La Havane promotes a friendly and hugely social atmosphere where it is easy to meet new people. Their wide selection of rum-based cocktails makes them a firm favorite with rum lovers.

5. Chupito Loco

While Nice has no shortage of cocktail bars, Chuptio Loco has become a preeminent location by serving tapas alongside beers, liquor and cocktails. This makes it a popular option for people wishing to start their night with some nibbles. Their signature cocktails and original shots are highly recommended and you’re guaranteed a party atmosphere with upbeat music to go along with your drinks.

7 rue Raoul Bosio, 06300 Nice, France, +33 4 93 81 20 61

6. Yolo

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

An exquisite wine bar tucked into the quaint and culture-packed streets of Nice’s old town, Yolo is the perfect location for anyone wishing to retreat from the main tourist nightlife spots. This bar offers a good selection of French wines and champagne. There is also the option to order a luxurious cheese or salmon platter to accompany the wines.

7. Ghost Pub

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

Well known locally for hosting some of the best and most vibrant nights for students and those wishing to meet people from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities, the Le Ghost pub is a music bar committed to providing all guests with an enjoyable late-night experience. They offer a variety of liquor-based drinks as well as a host of popular European beers.

8. Au Fut et a Mesure

Bar, Charcuterie, French

Au Fut et a Mesure stands out from the other venues that make up the surrounding nightlife district, by operating as a beer bar. It offers a range of charcuterie options to complement the drinks. Here, a host of international and local beers are reinvented for guests to enjoy in a variety of cocktail beverages.

9. Akathor

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

The Akathor pub caters to international as well as local guests, welcoming a mixed crowd with its friendly pub atmosphere. This is seen as the ideal place for visitors wishing to enjoy an evening of acoustic live music. They serve a variety of pub snacks alongside their drinks. Apart from live music, they also organize parties and events. This is a good spot to come and watch European football games.

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