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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
Updated Feb 2, 2008
Address: FNAC, 1st Floor, FNAC, Av Jean Medecin
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!!!
Written Aug 13, 2007
Address: 2 Rue Saint François De Paule - 06300 Nice, France
Phone: 04 93 80 23 87
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)
Written Jul 27, 2007
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
Updated May 16, 2007
Address: Palais Nikiai, Rue de Grenoble, Nice 0620.
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.
Updated May 16, 2007
This is super cool for just getting out and getting trashed. I wish we had bars like this back home. The staff are cool the music is kicking and you can dance on the tables.
Great cheap food in the bar is available and the girls are HOT!
Pretty warm inside so leave your coat at home if you can but they were cool to order me a cab when I left and it had got a bit chilly! ( it was October).
Tried a few other places but this was the one that made my holiday!!!!
Dress Code: Something small! and runners as the floor gets a bit messy with glass and stuff!
Written Dec 1, 2006
Address: 15 Rue de La Prefecture, Old Nice.
I discovered Ma Nolans when searching for another Irish pub I'd read about called O'Haras. Never got to O'Haras! Ma Nolans was fab and the bar and waiting staff were really friendly. They made terrific cocktails, took time out to speak to you and get to know you and generally were always up for a laugh! I came here in total 4 nights out of my 7 and it was my best discovery! Certainly for someone travelling on their own this was a great place to relax and make new friends.
I also went to another Irish bar called Mc Mahons which was good cos it had a pool table! And there was a guy there doing tremendous card tricks. Brilliant night.
Don't go to Nice without going to Ma Nolans and sampling the Lynchburg Lemonade!
Dress Code: Informal
Written Oct 15, 2006
Spent 3 weeks in Nice nd was da best summer ever!!!!!the place to start the party is definatly at the beach because drinks are expensive in most places!!!checked out mpost of the popular venues but checkpoint pub and downstairs disco wasthe best!!!very friendly and hot barman!!ladies nites on monday nite with all the champagne you can drink for 2€ is the most poular night where the place is packed downstairs!!the have special offers every nights...waynes was good but too busy really to get to know anyone..also good were ma nolans and mc mahons irish pubs!!checked out 3 of the clubs event sweet and escalier managed to get in without paying because am irish but were dissaopinting and wouldnt have been worth there 20€ entrance fee.Were very frenchall you need to remember when going to Nice is to go to Checkpoint
Dress Code: casual whatever you want
Written Sep 16, 2006
Nice is a great place to chill out and relax and watch the locals go about their business. The best night I spent in Nice was down on the beach. The beach in Nice is not pure white sand but it is enjoyable. At night, you can see all the luxoury casinos on the waterfront and with a nice bottle of wine you wont want the night to end. Nice was not my favorite place in France but a few nights on the beach made up for my lack of interest in the local wealthy people.
Written May 7, 2006
Great little Jazz Club that our we were
taken to by a VT'er Lluis who lives in Nice.
Seems to be a locals club, as it was not
that big and was not in the tourist area.
The only problem we had, we were short
changed, so If you a tourist, count your
change when you get it ....
Dress Code: Casual dress, nothing fancy required. When we went, there was a 4 piece
girl group performing, and the funny part was, they live only about 90 miles
from us here in the states, they are touring France for 6 months ....
When entertainment performs, there is a 5 Euro cover charge, but it
is well worth it. (about 6 USD)
Check out their website below, interesting locals club that we would
recommend to visit while your in Nice.
Updated Nov 26, 2005
Address: 5, rue St.Vincent, 06300 Vieux Nice
Phone: +33 (0) 4 93 80 27 33
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