La Rhumerie is a bar/brasserie right on the Escale Borely, near the beach. The mood there is friendly and welcoming, the food and service are good but it is best to come to chat and sip a drink in the cool shade of a beach umbrella, or to let loose on the dance floor to the DJ’s rhythms. At the Rhumerie there are all sorts of rums, both traditional and infused, cocktails, and the mojito is fixed in five different ways. There are smoothies for those who prefer no alcohol. The Rhumerie is also a private beach in the summer. Theme nights are organized from time to time: singles nights, speed dating, concerts or after-work.
A real institution in the area, this spot opened in the 1960s and has gradually made a name for itself in the region. The regulars are from Cassis, Marseille and Aubagne. Club Big Ben is only a hop skip and a jump from the beach. But attention! Flip-flops are to be put away, as proper attire is required. Entrance is free on Fridays. The setting is trendy, posh and sometimes stiff-necked but really fun for an evening of getting crazy on the dance floor and jamming to techno house beats until the early hours.
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.
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.
Enjoy a wild night of partying at the Le Baby club in Marseille. This place has tons of entertainment with wicked DJs and a host of live bands squeezing onto the tiny stage. Young, hip and with a lots of French style, this is one place you don't want to miss in the city. Call ahead to know more.
La Route du Rhum is a Caribbean restaurant on the Cours Julien plaza. The appetizers are pretty much typical: boudin sausages, samosas--some very good specialties. As for the main course, although the menu mentions specialty dishes they are fairly basic and not too elaborated. But people come here especially for the lengthy list of rum. From Ti punch to Daiquiri to Planters Rum: any rum cocktail is available, and if it's not on the menu, the waitress will be happy to mix it for you. The lunch menu is very interesting, but it is a bit more expensive in the evening. Once a week on Thursdays, Route du Rhum becomes a dance floor where the whole neighborhood comes to get their groove on! - P.Wicki
Aux 3G serves as a trendy gay and lesbian bar in the city's 6th arrondissement. The relaxed, laid-back vibe welcomes singles looking to find socialize and the ones who just want to unwind over a pint of beer. A city institution since the year 1995, Aux 3G has been actively supporting various LGBT causes and organizes a number of events and festivities throughout the year. Art exhibitions and workshops also form a part of its eclectic schedule.
Le Marengo is a hip, inviting cafe-bar in the city's busy 1st arrondissement. The laid-back setting is great to relish some chilled brews and appetizing bites, while the sprawling terrace offers an idyllic milieu to unwind or simply gaze at the Old Port's daily chores. For pub grub, the place serves up toothsome burgers, salads and sandwiches and appetizers.
Gather your friends and head down to Polikarpov BAR for a night of immense enjoyment over a round or two of drinks. Packed with excitement and peppered with chic wooden themes, dim-lighting and contemporary designs, this is the perfect setting for a great drinking session with friends. The well-stacked bar boasts an impressive collection of spirits and wines, while beer lovers can take their pick from the selection of brews it has to offer. Add in great DJ music and simply unbelievable happy hours to all the existing excitement, and you've got a place that you simply can't miss.
"The Trolley", as everyone in Marseille calls it, is undoubtedly the most frequented and symbolic night-time bar in town. Once inside the maze of 4 rooms, in the heart of town, one discovers a fascinating décor: galleries with different types of music, a bowling area and a whisky bar. All the four rooms: Whisky Bar, Abribus, Terminus and Trolley bar offer different delights, some of which are equipped with facilities to host various events:concerts, product launches and so on.There's something for everyone here.