The Best Nightlife and Clubs in Nice, France

Enjoy a streetside drink at Les Distilleries Idéales
Enjoy a streetside drink at Les Distilleries Idéales | © Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo
Kaitlyn McInnis

Depending on what you’re after, a night out in Nice can range from sipping cocktails on a terrace on the Promenade des Anglais to dancing the night away at a lively seaside nightclub on the coastline.

From nightclubs on the seafront to bars in Place Garibaldi, whatever your budget, there’s something for every type of traveller once the sun sets on this charming Mediterranean town. These are the best nightlife spots and clubs in Nice.

1. Bulldog Pub

Bar, Nightclub, Snacks, French

The Bulldog Pub, locally known as its original name, the Pub Pompeii is ideal for those who prefer live bands over hotel-lobby jazz. Pub Pompeii boasts a divey, punk-themed interior and hosts live rock shows every single night with the best bands in Nice. The atmosphere is always bustling, but keep in mind that this venue doesn’t open up until 11pm, and the partying doesn’t stop until last call at 6am.

2. Waka Bar

Bar, Nightclub, Snacks, French

Tucked onto Quai des États-Unis, this New Zealand-inspired bar is named after the Maori word for boat or canoe. While relatively new, Waka Bar has made a name for itself thanks to its terrace on the coast, and revolving cast of local DJs playing house music and EDM into the night. The multi-level bar is perfect for those who want to sip a cocktail and lounge on the terrace. Inside, however, more often than not the venue turns into a sweaty dance party.

3. Movida

Bar, Restaurant, Bodega, French

If lounging on a seaside terrace is more your speed, head to Movida. The multi-floor venue is a more relaxed take on the seaside club scene, with the second floor terrace overlooking the Promenade des Anglais. It’s one of the best spots in Nice for sweeping views of the city and ideal for watching the sunset. Order a carafe of wine and a charcuterie board (or a simple cheese board for vegetarians), and enjoy the resident DJ at this easygoing café-bar.

4. High Club

Bar, Nightclub, Snacks, French

One of the most well-loved nightclubs in the city, High Club is widely regarded as an institution by Nice’s residents. The club has played host to local and international EDM and hip hop artists including the likes of Lil Jon, Avicii, Steve Aoki, and more. The largest discotheque in Nice boasts multiple dance spaces, bars, and even a snack menu with hot dogs and paninis to keep guests partying until the morning light.

5. L'Etoile Nightclub

Bar, Nightclub, Snacks, French

Although L’Etoile Nightclub is not very big, the atmosphere at this nightspot in the centre of town is always friendly. Tables and bottle service options are available, but your best bet is to order a glass of champagne and hit the dance floor. The tiny club turns into a sweaty dance party quickly with guest DJs and entertainers from all over Europe hitting the stage every weekend. The party doesn’t wind down until 6am.

6. Le Bar Des Oiseaux

Bar, Restaurant, French, Snacks

Nestled into the Old Town, Le Bar Des Oiseaux is a great first stop before a night on the town. A former nightclub itself, this cozy bistro recently rebranded into a stylish restaurant with nods to its more wild days. Tuck yourself away on their cozy terrace with a glass of wine or a cocktail and grab a bite to eat before heading out. The seasonal chalkboard menu is Michelin-recommended and has a set menu for under €20 (£17.80).

7. Les Distilleries Idéales

Bar, Charcuterie, French

Think of Les Distilleries Idéales as a little piece of Ireland tucked into the Mediterranean. This elevated pub in the Old Town boasts more than 12 different brews on tap, from Heineken and Guinness to local options. We recommend arriving before 6pm if you want to claim a spot on the sidewalk terrace; residents flock to Les Distilleries Idéales from 6pm to 8pm to take advantage of its happy hour.

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