Nightlife on the Côte d’Azur is an essential element of any visit to the region. Whether you go to Cannes, Monaco or Saint Tropez is not important. Knowing where to go and what to expect is absolutely imperative to ensure you get the best experience. In this post, we present a guide to the Cannes nightlife scene. This article will help you know the best places to visit in Cannes – bars, strip clubs, casinos, and more.
A Guide to Best Nightlife in Cannes
Cannes is synonymous with glamour, charisma, and prestige. As you expect with such an alluring spot, there is no shortage of places to spend your night at. The city is filled with spots you can go for signature cocktails, delectable wines, exciting entertainment, trendy bars, casinos, nightclubs and so much more.
However, with so many options, it can be hard to know the best places to go. Read on, to learn about where you can truly experience the very best nightlight that Cannes has to offer.
Cannes Bar and Nightclub Scene
LE BAR À VIN – Best for Wine
This is a renowned wine bar in Cannes with a superb reputation and an enticing selection of wines. It has been open for over 20 years and has evolved into a place that oozes style and class. The bar introduces its visitors to a huge range of delectable wines from near and far. It is cozy, stylish, and offers a very traditional wine experience.
They serve a delectable range of cheeses and highly cultured light bites to accompany their huge offer of wines. Their selection reaches over 100 different varieties of wines. The bar has a lovely outside space and overall pleasant setting. It is regularly visited by locals, laying a firm testament to the quality of the wine, the setting, and the venue as a whole.
You should definitely visit this place, whether alone or with friends, to try out plenty of delightful and adventurous combinations.
They are open from 6pm – 2am, 7 days a week.
ZOA SUSHI BAR – Best for Food and Live Music
Located opposite the renowned Palais, home of the famous Cannes Film Festival, Zoa Bar is unique and entertaining. It serves up amazing Asian-inspired food and many other local dishes too. The live music is also a huge draw for people with either a DJ or other live performer. Running through until the early hours of the morning, guests enjoy fine dining accompanied by a lively atmosphere fuelled with music and a huge drinks menu.
Be careful thou, book ahead as they tend to get really busy!
They are open from 6.15pm – 2.30 am, 7 days a week.
CHRYSTIE – Best for Glamour and Entertainment
Crystie is a lively bar that opens its doors to all the glamorous, and the sophisticated souls that grace Cannes with their presence. In the middle of the place is a circular bar, where people gather to celebrate during ‘happy hour’. While this could have easily been included as one of the best nightclubs in Cannes. However, it is highly regarded as a lively bar and a great place to party until the early hours.
It has a slight feel of a cabaret bar and demands you to dress-up for the occasion. It is most known for its collection of cocktails, snacks, and impressively feisty atmosphere. If you are looking for late and loud, this is one of the best bars in Cannes for exactly that.
They are open from 10pm – 5am, Tuesday-Sunday.
LE BAR L’AMIRAL – Best for Cocktails and Quiet Enjoyment
This hotel bar belongs to the Hotel Martinez and is one of finest piano bars the area has to offer. Designed in art-deco style, the walls are decorated with pictures of celebrities who have visited the bar. Throughout the summer and winter months, you can relax on their terrace and enjoy one of their classic Martini’s. This place truly depicts good old-fashioned glamour with award-winning cocktails.
If you are coming to Cannes, you definitely have to visit this special place with a superb reputation!
They are open from 5pm – Midnight, 7 days a week.
MORRISONS IRISH BAR – Best for Sports and Rock Music
This is no ordinary Irish bar. Morrisons has been a part of the Cannes scene for a very long time and with good reason. In this place, you can truly escape from all the glitz, glamour, and expensive drinks! Here, you can relax in a traditional pub setting and enjoy the friendly, helpful bar staff! Traditionally, you can also watch sports competitions on the screens in a rather roomy setting. From a Tuesday through to Sunday, there is live music and various other types of entertainment. The pub is also home that hosts fun and quirky events that are often open to all.
Sunday nights in Morrison’s are busy ones, being Ladies Nigh. There is a huge draw of people who enjoy a live performance by the well-known duo, Gabriel and Luca. Open Mic Night is always held on a Tuesday and you should definitely get involved or at least watch!
If you can, make sure you go to Morrisons during their daily happy hour which runs from 5pm-8pm.
They are open from 5pm – 2.30am, 7 days a week.
LE PLAY – Best for Celeb Spotting
Situated on the famous street of Carre d’Or, this club is home to many of the greatest parties in Cannes. Play Club is renowned for its ability to entertain party goers until the sunrises, all year long. Rated as one of the best nightclubs, Play has hosted many of the Monaco elite, including sports stars, celebrities and world-famous musicians. They certainly know how to put on a great show!
Boasting an impressive line-up of international DJs along with themed nights, their dancers are among the elite. The music plays out until the sunrises here and is enjoyed as the famous Cannes location. If you plan to visit the region, be assured that Play is bound to have some kind of themed evening or special performance lined up for you to enjoy.
They offer an extensive drinks menu, boasting signature cocktails, international beers, and wine, along with a huge array of Champagne. If you are coming to Cannes to party, Play Club has to be on your list of places to visit!
Open during the summer season from 5pm-6am; during Winter from 11pm-5am.
BAOLI – Best for Weekends
If you want to experience some of the true glitz and glamour, visit Baoli on a Friday or Saturday night! Although we have listed it as one of the top nightclub venues in Cannes, it is also a bar and a restaurant. Offering parties of all sizes, Baoli is a totally inclusive and exclusive experience. Located in the heart of Port Canto, this paradisal location opens its doors at 8pm. Baoli welcomes guests into what can only be described as paradise, set amongst tropical palm trees. The incredible lighting that illuminates its best features and helps this venue truly show off its assets, will knock you down!
Baoli is well-known for its exclusive and extensive drinks menu. Whether you want to celebrate in style with a Grands Crus champagne or sip on one of their signature cocktails, you will find everything here is of supreme standards and the professional team of staff really know to serve their drinks in style.
When the clock strikes midnight, the restaurant is transformed into a clubbers paradise. International clientele, VIP areas, and bookable private spaces are all available to those looking for something a little bit special. The magic of Bâoli lures some of the most elite partygoers from all corners of the globe.
MEDUSA – Best for World Class DJs
Highly regarded as a restaurant cabaret club, Medusa is located in Place Franklin Roosevelt. It is one of the best nights out for those who love great music, great food, and for those who love to dance the night away until the early hours. There are shows and DJs that perform each and every day of the week.
An outside terrace, huge dance floor, and world-renowned artists all make Medusa one of the best nightclubs in Europe. Let alone Cannes! The space available here is immense, and the dance club is huge. The outside terrace offers you the opportunity to relax and get some fresh air.
With showgirls galore and dancers everywhere the eye can see, Medusa certainly knows how to put on a show. They do modern cabaret-like no other. There are plenty of VIP zones too, giving you the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive area for your party, and experience a rapid and efficient drinks service, direct to your table.
Definitely reserve a table in advance to avoid any disappointments as the restaurant get pretty full during the evening.
They open every day from 08.00pm, and the club is open from 00.30-05.00am.
LE KA CLUB – Best for Tapas and Early Morning Dancing
Whether you are looking for a bar, restaurant or nightclub Le KA is the one for you! During the evening, you can enjoy exquisite cuisine on the outside terrace, with a wonderful view of the harbor. You can also sit down and relax at the bar while drinking some of the drinks they offer. After midnight, the establishment changes into a nightclub with style and electric music.
Le Ka is open the whole year and can fit in up to 700 people, inside and outside. If you are looking for a place to celebrate your birthday or to spend the night dancing with your friends, this is the place you can enjoy!
The bar opens from 1930 until 0500. The entry is free.
What are The Best Strip Clubs in Cannes?
Whether you prefer to call them Gentleman’s Clubs, Lap Dancing Bars or Pole Dancing clubs, there are many different options for those wanting to visit strips clubs in Cannes. Here are five of the finest establishments you can visit!
LES OUBLIETTES CLUB CANNES
If you are looking to see stunning girls and enjoy some drinks with friends, this place offers a great atmosphere. Whether you are a group or an individual who wants to see some adult entertainment during their time in Cannes, this is a place for you. They have reasonable prices and are located in the center.
This club is open from Thursday-Sunday only from 1000-dawn and is situated in the heart of Cannes.
Renowned for having attracted some of the best dancers that France has to offer, the Bus Paradise Nude Club has a supreme reputation and is conveniently located on La Croisette. Open from Monday through to Saturday, it is one of the only strips clubs that are opening during the week.
In the bar area, guests can enjoy an abundance of strip dances, with both personal and stage shows on offer. You can then extend the pleasure by ordering a table, lap or private dance with any of the ladies! Everyone is welcome, and the dress code is simply smart/casual.
LE CLUB ABSOLU CANNES
There is always some themed event happening at this club; bondage nights, cougar nights, vivid shows, and more. They have a firm reputation for providing adult entertainment that leaves guests with an experience and memories that will stay with you for a very long time! It is a great place for couples and provides some of the most epic 5-star pole dancing experiences. You are likely to remember this for a lifetime!
There are not too far away from La Croisette, putting them in an easy-to-reach-place from the heart of Cannes. They are open on a Thursday-Saturday from 2030-0500, and on a Sunday from 1900-0300.
DOLLYS BAR CANNES
With the exception of Saturdays, Dolly’s Bar is open nightly from 2100-0500. It is the only strip club that is located centrally to open 6 days a week. With a huge selection of stunning girls, guests can enjoy the stage shows or request a personal lap dance with any of the ladies. It is also very reasonably priced and runs a good disco too. There is a huge range of drinks on offer, and the most highly-rated is the French Champagne.
It is located just a few minutes walk from the famous La Croisette. The guests rate them as one of the friendliest strips clubs that welcome individuals, couples and groups.
L’OUSTAOU DU MOULIN CLUB CANNES
You can only catch a glimpse of what’s on offer at the L’Oustaou Du Moulin Club on a Friday, Saturday or Wednesday night. It is a private club that is situated in the heart of old Cannes. The club is spread across three different levels, offering a dance floor, a bar, and a relaxation lounge.
It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience with exceptionally sensual décor and elegant yet kinky ladies. The dress-code is far from casual, you will need to wear proper attire, which doesn’t include t-shirts, jeans or trainers. They welcome ladies, gents, and couples. However, entry is not always guaranteed, so it is wise to attend when you are not too intoxicated or unruly as they do have high standards and demand respect for their ladies and showgirls.
The club is open on a Friday from 2200-0400, on a Saturday from 2030-0400, and on a Wednesday from 2200-0300.
Casinos in Cannes
There are two main casinos in Cannes, and each establishment has a decent dress code. Each one also demands courtesy and respect to the games and to their staff. Here is everything you need to know about the best Casinos in Cannes!
CASINO BARRIERE LE CROISETTE
This is a highly regarded entertainment complex with a restaurant, a bar, and a full casino onsite. All of the games you would expect from a good casino and more can be found here! There is a range of private poker rooms if you wish to higher the stakes! Their other gaming tables include English Roulette and Blackjack, to name just a few.
Above the Casino is La Café Croisette, here guests can enjoy delicious French food with astounding views of the old town, the port, and Le Suquet. At nighttime, there is a central dance bar for you to enjoy. It really comes to life for two Saturdays each month, when you can also enjoy a live entertainment! Food is served in the restaurant from 1200-1430, then again during the evening between 2000-2230.
They are open 7 days a week. From Monday-Thursday and on Sunday, their opening hours are 1000-0330. On a Friday and Saturday, they are open a little later, until 0400, for your best experience!
PALM BEACH CASINO
A perfect blend of old and modern casino games, the Palm Beach offers you a true taste of French Riviera. It is stylish, elegant, and has a prime position on the Point Croisette.
There is a bar, a restaurant, and a beach facing terrace. It all giving you a comprehensive venue to eat, drink, and play at leisure! As you would expect, they have everything from slot games to fully-equipped game rooms, along with a disco and multiple lounges as well.
The games rooms are open from 1300-0300. On occasion, there is also live music entertainment and other notable performances.
What Events and Things to Do to Join Around Cannes?
While Cannes is renowned for the annual Film Festival, there are so many great events and things to do. As you have already read, there are endless options for Nightclubs, Bars, Casinos, Beach Clubs, and Strips Clubs. In this section, we list the best events in Cannes for 2018.
Cannes Yachting Festival – September
In this annual event, one of the largest boats shows in the whole of Europe, there are more than 600 different vessels on display. It takes place in the most exclusive of Marines, namely, Port Pierre Canto and Vieux Port. From luxury Superyachts to standard boats, there is a huge display that takes place both in and out of the water. Be sure not to miss this huge event!
International Dance Festival – December
The Cannes Dance Festival has been going strong since 1984. It is one of the worlds most recognized and highly regarded festivals of dance. It is set-out across 10 exciting days and is this year set out with a theme of Tracks and Reflection.
The Regatta Royales – September
This can only be described as an exhilarating event where thousands of crews take to the water in a week-long display with more than 160 yachts. With displays such as dragon races, tug of wars, traditional yacht racing, boat painting, and of course, true Riviera style parties, it is a week you cannot miss!
Côte-d’Azur Marathon – November
This annual marathon begins in Nice on the Promenade des Anglais and completes on La Croisette in Cannes. It is nearly all ran on coastal lines, including Antibes, St Laurence du Var, Juan-Les-Pins, Golfe Juan, and Vallauris. While the views might not be appreciated along the way, the finish line in Cannes is a great place to be.
Festival de Cannes
The International Film Festival in Cannes is globally known celebration of originality and film. This festival lasts for 11 days in May and attracts people from all around the world. Everyone from red carpet celebrities to commoners wants to be part of this world renounced film festival. During these 11 days, many types of competitions are held, and even more movies are projected. What better time to visit Cannes than during this unique event?
During the night it almost seems as the whole city changes into one big nightclub. The clubs are filled with VIPs and fans alike and it might be hard to find a space. Be sure to come prepared since, without a reservation, you might end up without a place to party.
How to Get to and Around Cannes?
French Riviera Parties offers several options for transport to and around Cannes. Chose one of the several vehicles offered for your transport on Cote d’Azur and enjoy the ride.