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.
Wayne's Bar: Wayne's Bar!!! It is ssoooo cool!
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!
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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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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Cours Saleya: Cours Saleya
Cours Saleya and Vieux Nice in general are even more fantastic at night than they are during the day. Before midnight there is an arts and crafts market where you can get lovely authentic souvenirs without even a hint of tack! Later on, the bars get busy as they stay open much later than places like Wayne's. I'd recommend getting a drink from THOR (another English bar) if only so you can sit outside in the square and take in the balmy night air and the buzzing atmosphere. There are also plenty of other bars and clubs around the area, being OXFORD, LA TRAPPA, L'ESCALIER to name but a few. Basically just take your pick and HAVE FUN!!!
Dress Code: Anything Smart/Casual. N.B. If you're a cap fan there are a few places where they won't let you in unless you take it off while you're in there!
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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checkpint all the way: nice nitelife
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
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Ma Nolans: Cards, Jokes and Cocktails!
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
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Snake handlers on the streets of Nice
Whether you think its a good thing, or it brings up animal welfare issues, you will find snake handlers around the restaurants and shops of Nice at night. You can hold the pythons, touch them and laugh at people who are freaked out by them. One handler assured me his python was well taken care of and that the money he earnt exploiting it was spent on the snake. What can you do but take their word for it. None the less, it is interesting and a major hit with kids.
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Saramanga: Young Club
My 3 friends and i were recommended by some locals to visit 'Saramanga'. Unfortunately (?) me and one of my pals didn't get get it. Apparently our trousers were too baggy! None the less, the other two waltzed on inside and left us out on the street! The two of us went elsewhere and eventually back to our apartment. The next morning we were told many a fabulous stories of Saramanga from the 2lads who did get in. They made it out to sound like a hell of a lotta fun. Maybe it was. We decided that we would buy some hair-clips to keep our trousers up, hence, get in to Saramanga that night. And so we did.
I was expecting Saramanga to be fun, exciting and full of 'cool' people. I was let down. It was just the same as any other 'club' i've ever been to. There was nothing in there to even suggest that i was in a foreign country. It was much the same as the few 'clubs' that dot my hometown -kilkenny- and i was not impressed. Typical poppy music blared out of the 'dj' box which was surrounded by teeny boppers requesting their favourite Justin Timberlake 'song'.
I was looking for an alternative scene, something unique to France, something new. What i didn't want to hear was English chart music. Obviously i shouldn't have gone there. Next time im in Nice, i shant be. Despite all these dissapointments, i was there with my 3friends and, sure enough we would find some way to enjoy ourselves. We spent a while dancing in the cages (cages!!) that surrounded the interior of the place, just taking the 'mick'. Soon enough however, we grew tired of that.
Needless to say we all left soon after.
Dress Code: Try not to wear baggy trousers, although im not exactly how strict they are. A pair of shoes may help
Grand Eskurial: Decent Nightclub
Finally, the decent night club was found in Nice. Good dance music mixed with pop, a lot of people. The place rocks!
Drinks are very expensive.
Dress Code: Face control at the entrance.
No sneakers. The nicer, the better.
Great pubs there but the beer...
Great pubs there but the beer glasses are too big and get me too drunk to remember where exactly they were. I do know there are a lot of good places about a 10 minute walk from the restaurant I said in towards the centre of Nice amongst the large cafe strip.
Dress Code: Neat casual. I was wearing sandals and 3/4 pants and a tight tee and I was fine.
WAYNE'S ......... yes the...
WAYNE'S ......... yes the best
English-American BAR & Restaurant
The clientèle is rather cosmopolitan in character, chic and laid back, and are divided between the two rooms. The first room is rather calm, and is the ideal spot to chat quietly, and the second is a lively place where a rock group plays every evening.
You can drink beer, eat something, listen to live music and even dance on the tables!!
FULL of nice girls!!!
Dress Code: You can dress what you want ..........
The biggest nightclub on the...
The biggest nightclub on the Côte d'Azur, the Palousa, (formerly called the Actoria Studio) now rhymes with 'Food, Drinks, and Fiesta', and from Thursday to Sunday all three floors are pumping to the latest sounds.
Good Music, Good cocktails and nice girls!!
Food Drinks and Fiesta
From 7:00 pm to 1:00 am, tapas and other tidbits that are fashionable at the moment will satisfy your hunger as you party away in a Latino atmosphere. Then DJ Pee-Wee and DJ Wolf are centre stage to get you moving to the latest dance music together with the expert sounds of the Light-Jockey Johan.
Le Promenade des Anglais
As we were both still students we couldn't afford to eat out too much. Instead, we usually had dinner on the balcony off our room, and to work off all the food and wine we walked the Promenade des Anglais.
This Promenade derives its name from the English holiday makers who used to visit Nice in the late 19th/early 20th century. It runs along the seafront for approximately 5km, and is full of joggers, roller bladers and strollers.
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