- Alex Ledsom
Cannes is teeming with well-known bars, along the Croisette and in the major hotels. Sometimes, however, you just need something a little more local, a little more exclusive or a little more off the beaten track. Here’s the insider’s guide to the best hidden bars in Cannes.
La Folie Douce
Le Vin Sur Vin
The bar, Le Vin Sur Vin, is a great place to catch up with friends. The music is unobtrusive (sometimes it has live music early evenings, but on Fridays it is background music only) and it serves great drinks and small snacks — appetisers, charcuterie plates (different types of meat) or foie gras. The owner Bénédicte is well-known for always welcoming you with a smile. A great little hang out.
Opening hours: 6pm to 12.30am, Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays.
Le Brown Sugar
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Sun 7 is for a hip cool, young-ish crowd, who pack into a cosy space and dance to the DJs until the very early hours. There are two; one in Cannes and another along the coast in Nice. It’s open every day (or really, night) hence the name, Sun 7, and mostly serves cocktails with a little bit of beer and wine. Check out Facebook for the DJ listings.
Opening hours: 9.30pm to 5am, daily
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The Bar Lalu is in the heart of Cannes’ nightlife; the rue du Commandant André is where everything happens late in the evening. But Bar Lalu is open all day and can take you from a frisky Bloody Mary over a light lunch, to a cheeky afternoon cocktail, and into full-on evening party mode. Before you know it, it’s midnight! This is a much-loved mini institution.
Opening hours: 8am to midnight, daily