La Chimère Café is a beautiful dining space that boasts an art-inclined interior decor. Its opulent chandeliers, cherubs and plush furnishing are inspired by Baroque, Art Deco and Belle Époque architecture. To match the regal aura are 70 inventive cocktails and drinks like Single Malt, Bourbon and Irish Whiskey. Revoke the prohibition era vibe with cigars and spirits while savoring their bar fare. On the seasonal menu are Petite Lobster Tail, Cod Croquettes, Octopus a la Gallega, and dessert Hot Cold Citrus Sabayon Seven at Chambord.
La Bataclan is a chic restaurant and lounge housed in a historic oil mill, complete with Roman arches and a trendy atmosphere. The contemporary space is sleek and stylish, featuring a canopied outdoor terrace for casual-chic lunches and a happening lower level for clubbing and post-work drinks with tapas. The menu is influenced by Spanish culture and inspired by Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist. A prix-fixe menu is available every lunch; that combined with its central location makes this ideal for a business lunch. Post sunset things heat up with local DJs spinning the latest in techno, talented bartenders slinging cocktails with ease, and the cities young and hip coming out to play.
Maximize your Aix-en-Provence nightlife experience with a visit to Son Des Guitares Aix. This club opens its door at 11p and keeps guests entertained till the wee hours of the morn. They boast an array of cocktails and spirits to choose from. Sip your poison to the sounds of Corsican classics, as well as pop and rock music. Great acoustics are ideal for hosting live gigs and concerts by emerging and established artists. Their contemporary decor, psychedelic lighting, guitar posters and photographic memorabilia are designed by architect Gerard Martens.
Come to Le Scat Club if you have a penchant for good, solid, live bands. Every style is featured here, but the emphasis is on jazz. Pop, rock, rhythm and blues, funk, and sometimes classical are styles that are also showcased. When the live music is taking a break, DJs do their thing to get people dancing. The neat thing about Scat Club is the actual building itself. The inside resembles a 17th-Century cellar, with a low, arched, stone ceiling--very smoky and atmospheric, but this can also be a problem if you are claustrophobic, and it can also get quite hot. You probably won't find any teenagers here, as the crowd gravitates toward the thirty-somethings. Check website for performance schedule.
Le Mistral has become the hottest nightclub in Aix-en-Provence and is known as THE place to go for electronic and house music. DJ's spin heart-pounding, beat-heavy club hits until the wee hours of the morning. The crowd here always dresses to impress and for ladies who want free entrance, it would be wise to come decked out in your sexiest and most glamorous attire. Visit website or facebook page for up-to-date DJ appearances and events.
For more than 20 years, this disco located seven kilometers (4.5 miles) to the north of Aix-en-Provence proper, has been an essential meeting-place for jazz-lovers; as much for the program of live concerts as for its DJ and his passion for swing. The photos on the walls evoke many torrid nights and evenings when the great names from the music scene came here to perform and to improvise.
The Four Courts commands an enviable location on Cours Mirabeau, the city's central artery, and brings a bit of Irish flair to the heart of Aix. The bar with its vibrant outdoor patio and cozy interiors is great for a pint of real Guinness or Irish cider, one of the few places in the city to serve it. Wind down after a long day of sightseeing and take in the sights and sounds of the bustling avenue as you sip on your drink. Stop by on Thursdays for live music and on game nights to cheer on your favorite football team.
Bastide du Cours is nestled in a historic hotel of the same name. Occupying a 17th-century building, this restaurant features a vibrant color palette that juxtapose pristine archways, drapes and antique bookshelves. Chef Charly Valdez tweaks culinary traditions of Provence with contemporary flavors. On the menu are Catalane with pickles, Tartar of Mediterranean Tuna, Grilled Charolais Tartar and Fricassee of Gambas. Guests can also dine alfresco on their lovely terrace or patio seating. For dessert, select from an array that includes Vanilla Bourbon and Chocolate Profiterolles.
La Belle Epoque is a fun and trendy bar and cafe located in the center of the city. The bar is particularly popular amongst the young people of the city. La Belle Epoque serves a wide selection of beverages, from cocktails to coffee, as well as offering up breakfast and light snacks.
Le Carré des Maîtres is a welcoming spot to nosh on staple French grub and zesty tapas eats in the heart of the city. The restaurant also doubles up as a wine bar and stocks up to nearly 250 labels of local and premium wines. Many of its wines are sourced from the iconic Rhone Valley, apart from other wine producing regions. Farm-fresh products make it to its kitchen regularly, thus ensuring a delightful meal experience to its guests pouring in from far and wide.