Despite many visits to Tangier over the years, and even having stayed several times in the Hotel Ibn Batouta opposite, I had never ventured into the Tanger Inn, partly because of its restricted opening hours 10pm 'til 2am, but also because it had a specific well-known insalubrious reputation........
This year, staying in the Hotel Nabil, just around the corner, and wandering back from a "survey" of other interesting drinking dens, I decided to investigate this one.
The bar is part of the Hotel el Muniria, famous for its beat generation patronage in the 1950's and '60's, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Bowles, Burroughs and other notables. Back in 1985, when I was staying in the Hotel Ibn Batouta for three weeks, the Muniria was owned by a retired Englishman, who operated it as an all-male brothel, every evening cars with European number plates would park up outside the hotel and the middle-aged male occupants would book into the Muniria to enjoy nightly sessions with the young Moroccan boys. I had heard that this situation had changed with the demise of the owner, but I entered the late-night bar to investigate.
The bar is relatively small, with an atmosphere more reminiscent of a private club, the music was loud, but service prompt and efficient, there were several women drinking, but despite their presence I noted two young Jewish boys (long hooked noses, elf-like ears) sitting in a corner, holding hands, so it appeared old reputations were still "in vogue!"
Nevertheless, I enjoyed a couple of nightcap beers and the music, there is an interesting framed photograph of Jack Kerouac hanging on a wall, now faded with age to sepia.
I was going to return the following evening, but the bar was closed on Sunday.
If visiting the hotel and bar, it's advisable to arrive from Ave Mohammed 6 and the port, the top end of Rue Magellan is sometimes frequented by unsavoury characters using drugs and alcohol and sleeping on the street.
The old Hotel Ibn Batouta, opposite the Muniria and Tanger Inn has now been demolished.
Dress Code: None.
Very near to Continental Hotel,there are few night clubs.By 8 p.m. Girls are coming in to the clubs.Moorish girls are Hot. All girls know how to move there Body like the Bally Dancers.
Dress Code: Just casual but no short or tang top.Pant, polo shirt and dress shoes okay.
Be nice to the bar tender and the security,on your way out dont forget to tip them.
Some of the best cafes are centred around the tiny Petite Socco.
Nightlife in Tangiers is nothing like it was back in the 1950's. You won't find the debauchery and decadence that there once was.
You won't find the same kind of nightlife that you'd find on the Costa del Sol or in the holiday resorts in France and Greece either. This is probably a good thing.
Pubs in Tangiers can be quite dark and depressing, but in the restaurants, cafés or hotel bars, you'll find some top class traditional Moroccan entertainment. Try and find one of the older hotel bars or ones that the locals go to. The newer ones can be a bit cheesy or touristy.
A large group of students decided to meet here one night. You can get in free before 11 or 12, and drinks are fairly cheap. But wait until the dance floor opens up, and you'll start to realize something: everyone else at the club is a prostitute, with the exception of a midget who provides entertainment at the club.
Really, we couldn't bear to stay more than 45 minutes.
This Bar south of Grand Sosso,
Any respecting traveler or writer of any repute as not fail to stand at the bar at some time,
its if time has stood still one of the few places left in our world you will not forget.
They do have discotechs in tangier but they are very strange experiences, the populatiion is predominatley male so watch yourself if your a white female. Nobody drinks, the music is bleak and they dont stay open remotely late.
Your best bet id to head across the street and find the small off license where they have a small selection of booze that they will give wrapped in a binbag. The locals do not like you drinking alcohol and the few small bars and affies are very much underground establishments!
Dress Code: nothing
This small little bar, located in the Tanger Inn hotel, which used to be frequented by Jack Kerouac, William Borroughs, and Allan Ginsberg, is full of atmoshere and probably the best place to have a drink, not just if you are a beatnik.
Dress Code: none