Depending on the time of day and year, this café has a really nice feature: customers can come relax near the large swimming pool. The Sports Beach Café is also a place to have lunch or dinner, or even enjoy a drink at the bar in the evening. The magnificent terrace and the location on the seafront give the Sports Beach Cafe a nice pleasant atmosphere. In the winter, the wood-decorated interior makes it a warm and cozy place to hang out. Every Tuesday is salsa night and Thursday is Latina Obsessions with Latin rhythms.
Just like Paris's renowned Café de Flore, La Samaritaine - situated on the corner of the Vieux-Port at the lower end of Rue de la République - has managed to hold onto its old-fashioned charm. And it's easy to see why, with its 1930s-style décor, deliciously light, traditional cuisine, piano bar and fabulous terrace looking out over the boats moored in the harbor making it the perfect rendezvous, no matter what time of day. The bar closes at 8:30 pm generally, but is open until midnight during the summer months.
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 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.
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.
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.
Located at La Plaine, Le Jam is an intimate jazz club that hosts local and touring bands on stage. The lineup explores the musical genre of Jazz in its myriad forms, alongside the blues, rock, and world music. The venue itself boasts oodles of charm and is reminiscent of New York City's jazz bars. As you groove along to the music, enjoy small plates, sandwiches, and drinks from the bar. The club is a members-only establishment, however, anyone can be a member for a fee very low price. Bringing lovers of Jazz together under a single roof, Le Jam is all that is good about the city's live music scene.
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.
From dishes, desserts, live broadcast sports games, this place has it all. The brasserie also sells cigarettes until a certain time during the evening. This is the perfect place to hang out with friends on the port!
Contrary to the myth propagated by the author Pagnol, this isn't the bar where that famous card game took place. It is, however, a legendary venue in its own right, and the terrace, with its view of the boats in the Vieux-Port, is the perfect place to meet before a big night out. The Acid-Jazz ambiance attracts a well-heeled crowd for tapas (small Spanish-style plates to share) which begins at 7p.
The attractive red facade of the Shamrock pub is a recent addition which brightens up the Vieux-Port area. Settle down for a drink around the big barrel tables or just prop up the bar, sipping a beer imported directly from Ireland, as is the rest of the décor. Make the most of the Happy Hours between 7p and 8:30p, and discover a few Celtic myths in the little curiosities around the pub and the infectious warmth of the Irish. An enjoyable atmosphere with highly charged musical evenings.