Palais Nikaia: Concert venue
Despite living in Nice for the past decade, I've never gotten a chance to go to a concert inside Palais Nikaia. This venue can hold up to 9,000 people depending on the event.
If you want to get a nice spot, please arrive early. I arrived a little bit past 8 PM (the main attraction started playing at 9 PM) and the place was already almost full. I'm glad I was wearing high-heeled boots, otherwise I wouldn't see much of the show from where I was standing. If you don't want the hassle of getting that early, try getting a numbered seat ticket (obviously more expensive). Professional cameras are not allowed here, also no water bottles, but there are snack bars inside.
No mixed WCs so they were somewhat clean, despite the long queueing.
It's very difficult to park (also dangerous) in this area, so I recommend coming by bus.
Dress Code: Whatever you feel comfortable, however if you are a female and not that tall who got standing tickets, I recommend wearing high-heeled boots (or stilettos, if you are comfortable with them).
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Le Maori: A Night to remember
So my friends and I were visiting Nice for a couple days, and we were looking for a place for lunch. We were walking around a very touristic area named "Zone pietonne", which is basically a pedestrian area full of really nice shops and restaurant. Now, the problem with touristic areas on the French Riviera is that all they give you to eat are Pizzas and Pastas. So were obviously looking for something a little bit different. We then walked by a restaurant where some cool music was playing and...being in our twenties, on a trip with friends...we were instantly attracted. A gentleman (who was the manager) greeted us and sat us down. The food we ordered was actually quite decent, at least compared to what some of the reviews I read later on were saying. I had a very nice nicoise salad (pun intended). :-)
Looking for a place to party that night, we asked our waiter if he knew of any good places we might go to. He recommended us Le Maori, the very place where we were having our lunch.
We came back that night around 10.30pm, and the place was quite empty considering it was a friday night. However it was packed by 11.30. The music was very very nice (at least if you're into house music as I am) and the drinks were reasonably priced, though not very cheap. My friends and I had of lot of fun dancing and goofing around that night. :-D
Overall, I recommend the place , especially at night but don't go if you're looking for a cheap dive bar.
Dress Code: From my understanding, the French require people to be at least a little bit dressed up (shirt and dress shoes for guys). Everyone seemed dressed properly.
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Snake Pit: Metal / Rock bar
Metal / rock bar that holds metal nights, goth parties, band promotion evenings.
The atmosphere is dark and gloomy, very sophisticated. The posters on the wall change with the theme of each night.
The bar is divided into two rooms. Some tables are situated in alcoves and can accommodate several party-goers (8 or 10 people together - you also have small tables).
-One room contains a giant screen on which to watch videoclips (or even football ;-) ), you can sit around the bar or in some small armchairs.
-The other room is more dance / music orientated. Caution: the ceiling is very low; so don't sport a mohawk if you're really tall! ;-)
The staff is nice, the DJs numerous and playing a variety of styles. One night a week you can chose your music in their large catalog.
Though the drinks are more expensive than usual, you'll get the opportunity to drink your beer in a horn and spend a very good evening.
Admission free for all events (on blind-test nights you can even win prizes).
Dress Code: No particular dress code.
The clients are mostly into rock / goth / alternative culture, but you'll be welcomed as any other client if you just happen to pass by and go in for a drink.
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Nice Jazz Festival: Music Festival
"Nice Jazz Festival" is a musically eclectic event ,covering all aspects of jazz music, from African roots to avant-garde sounds, from gospel and blues to fusion and urban funk, in the historic gallo-roman site Arènes de Cimiez.
Dress Code: Casual
Lu Rauba Capeu: Nice festival: 150 years with France
I was trying to make my way through thick crowds at the Nice festival September 4, 2010, when I heard something very familiar. A smuggler-looking gang was singing O Bella Ciao with an enviable enthusiasm. Really made my day.
The guys call themselves Lu Rauba Capeu, and I have just found their MySpace page.
They say ‘Rauba Capeu’ means ‘where your hats fly’.
You can try to browse YouTube, too, though they don’t seem to have their own account.
Dress Code: Informal
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La Bodéguita Del Havana: Salsa your night away
You can only choose one them for this tip, but this place also serves food and drinks, and also salsa lessons every Tuesday (and I think on Thursdays as well) from 7h30 PM (arrive early, so you get a spot before it gets crowded).
This place is very well-known, not only for being classified as a historic monument (it was created by Eiffel Tower's architect Gustave Eiffel), but also for its live music and salsa nights.
On the ground floor you have the dancing floor, the bar counter, a lounge place and a few tables. I haven't been upstairs, so I don't really know what's up there (except for tables that were visible from downstairs and the WCs).
Drinks aren't that cheap here. Fruit juice is 5€50 and cocktails start at 7 €.
Salsa lessons are 10 € (per person and includes a drink). At 7h30 PM, it's the beginners' lessons. If you're more experient, you should come later around 8 PM (arrive earlier because there are more dancers at this time). And this a great place to hook up and/or meet new people.
Dress Code: No dress code for salsa lessons, but women should wear closed shoes (dancing partners might step on your feet).
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Le Volume: Alternative music
The Volume opened a few years ago as an association (La Source). You pay 2E to join the first time you go and then between 2 and 5 euros for every concert (maybe a little bit more for special events).
The music is very eclectic and caters for everybody's tastes: depending on the day of the week, you'll hear metal, punk, ska, hip-hop, electro, techno,...They host underground and alternative bands or acts from all around the world.
The Volume is definitely the place to be.
Big Ben: Le Big Ben - a beer experience
Do not miss this wonderful pub. You'll get the opportunity to sample wonderful beers from all around the world. You can choose from an a la carte selection, or try the week's special. The owners are very knowledgeable and their tips reliable.
You can enjoy a peaceful and quiet nigt in or a night of fun with your friends. You normally seat on a cosy semi-circular sofa, with screens to protect privacy in between the tables, but you can also hire the backroom for bigger parties.
During the day, you can eat paninis and they provide computers with an Internet connection.
Your beer tasting stop in Nice IS the Big Ben. Just a few examples:
Egyptian dates beer
...Imagine a choice that would be twenty times this!!
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Wayne's: Live Music in Old Town!
Located right on the edge of Old Town, not too far from the beach, Wayne's is one of the most vibrant clubs in Nice. They offer live music on weekends and some weeknights and have a full bar and menu as well. They do have a 3 euro cover charge but often times they will let you in anyway if its slow. I found it to be a fun place as it attracted the younger crowd, a electric mix of tourists and locals.
Mediterranean Sea: Sit and listen to the sea
One evening we just took a walk down by the sea and gazed out over the water. It was so peaceful to watch and listen to the waves lapping in on the shore. The lights of the city behind us in contrast to the darkness of the sea. A true romantic experience.
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FNAC, 1st Floor , Av Jean Medecin: Concert tickets
Tickets for all forthcoming major artists performing along the main Riviera towns can be booked here at the FNAC ticket service. Here you will get information on everything happening.
Cannes Palais de Festivals is particularly good for world music artists and major international pop performers. And you'll be glad to know the last train from Cannes to Nice at 23.39 will allow you to squeeze in a full concert, including the encore, and still get you home. La Palestre in Le Cannet, the northern suburb of Cannes also plays host to big international artists
Nice is a little more oriented to the French audience. The Palais Nikaia usually has good concerts (Rolling Stones anyone?), but don't expect cheap entertainment. Palais Nikiai isn't actually in Nice, its up the Route de Grenoble, in the Var Valley a few miles north of Nice Airport. The good news is that Lignes d'Azur put on a special bus service on concert nights that links the town and the concert hall and gets you home safe and sound
Ma Nolan's: Best Irish Pub in Nice
Sorry, Wayne's, but I prefer Ma Nolans's. To begin with, Ma Nolans's is immense compared to Wayne's.
Every night around 10 PM there's live music. If you'd like to know who's playing there, check out here.
During the day, you can watch major sports events on four big screens while taking a bite and/or drinking.
The food is okay, but you will not get it served quickly... Portions are generous here. Check their website for prices and their latest food and drink menus.
If you can't stand cigarettes, I wouldn't recommend peeking out inside on evenings.
Dress Code: No dress code. I even saw a guy with inline skates!!!
Small pubs with live music
I cant remember how many small pubs I visited in Nice! Many of them had live bands that were playing every night! Most of them are in the Old Town so you will pass in front of them sooner or later! :) Just choose the kind of music you like...
Some of them:
-Bar des Oiseaux (this is my favorite, more expensive than others but better bands, sometimes jazz, flamenco etc. Good food too!)
-Waynes (nice american food, cool live bands but I didnt like the stuff at the door)
-Oxford (small pub full of French that sing along all the french songs! Packed with students at saturdays)
-Thor (good offers in some drinks every night, live music)
-Jonnys Wine Bar
-Blue Whale (next to Oxford)
-Saramonga (fancy club)
-Les Trois Diables
-Grand Eskurial (Decent Nightclub, dance music)
You can find tickets for major concerts at FNAC, (Avenue Jean Medecin)
Palais Nikiai: Where to see big French and International stars
Palais Nikiaia is the huge concert venue created for Nice where the big French and International Stars can put on major "spectacles".
Access from Nice to Palais Nikiai - which is 8 km away in the Var valley about a half kilometre north of Terminal Two, is via the special bus route number 95. This runs only when there is a spectacle, and guarantees you a reliable return to central Nice whenever the concert finishes, no missing the encores, for only 1.30 euro each way.
U2 played there recently, and the Rolling Stones. At least six months notice for artists is usual, and the seat prices hardly change from front to the gods, so those who book earliest get the best seats.
There is a major "spectacle" virtually every week, so its worth checking out if anyone you might like to see is playing. The acoustics of the Palais are the best I have heard, effortless perfection, expensive, but an absolutely outstanding concert venue.
I had the priviledge of attending the Florent Pagny "Baryton" concert last week. If the name "Florent Pagny" means nothing to you, there is a huge hole in your life and you don't know it. He was magnificent, had me flowing tears. Florent's interpretation of Nessun Dorma (he is conservatory trained for a pop singer) had the Mediterranean shaking!. His star pieces of Chanson Francais "Savoir Aimer" and "Ma liberte de penser" were just as good. Three and a half thousand fanatical French fans thought so too.
If you are an adventurer - this is the way to go!
Dress Code: Casual
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Mc Mahons Pub: Live Music - and English speaking barstaff.
Claims to be a good time with anglo friendly barmen, with occasional live music and the inevitable footie on a big plasma. For those who want the benefit of Nice but something familiar from home by way of nightlife. Not unlike other "pub" venues in the Rue de la Prefecture - Master Home and Waynes, or Ma Nolans at the entrance to the Cours Saleya.
Dress Code: Every night a different theme.
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