Les Caves du Roy
The Byblos hotel is a local institution and a very chic affair. Its bar, Les Caves du Roy (literally, “the wine cellar“) is no exception. This is where the “A-listers” come to party, so make sure you dress to impress and are not in the least bit tipsy before you arrive. It has recently had a refit so it’s a little less kitsch and the bar is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. Be warned, it’s free to get in, but a bottle of champagne will cost around €300. They have an impressive resident DJ.
Opening hours: Every weekend from April to October. Every night in July and August. Check out Facebook for special nights and precise opening hours (usually midnight to 6am).
The VIP Room
The VIP Room is another institution. Celebrities flock here for dancing after a good meal (at the attached restaurant) and it can be extremely difficult to get in. Karl Lagerfield once described this place as “the best club in the world” and it regularly tops lists of Best Global Bars. This bar/club is the off-shoot of the main grand-daddy in Paris. It is super sophisticated so dress accordingly, try to make a reservation first and take your credit card.
Opening hours: Midnight to 5am. Daily from June 15th to September 15th. Check Facebook for up-to-date listings.
Le Bar du Port
Le Bar du Port is, unsurprisingly, on the port. It has amazing views. This is another super chic place – all white, mirrors, an amazing sound-system, etc and it’s open all day from 8am. It’s atmosphere changes throughout the day, so if you don’t fancy going all-out, stop for a little breakfast or a nice brasserie lunch. It’s been here since 1963 and has a great chef, but it’s pricey – starters cost around €20.
Opening hours: 7.30am to 3am. Daily. Check out Facebook for specials and all-year-round timings.
Café des Arts
The Café des Arts is more of a local hangout and doesn’t distinguish as much between the celebrities and the tourists (it’s off the main drag). This is a friendly restaurant/bar that lets you borrow a set of boules to play in the square if you fancy a game. A great little brasserie with a good selection of wines.
Opening hours: 8am to 1am. Daily.
Chez Maggy is a lively bar just behind the old port that specialises in theme nights – The Joker, Go Go girls, etc. Its boisterous evenings are very popular with the local crowd and it serves food too. It’s more playful than chic, where costumes are encouraged. Lively and fun.
Opening hours: 10pm to 3am. Daily. Check out Facebook for summer opening times.