Marrakech Nightlife

Nightlife in Marrakech is a unique combination of sophistication and tradition, offering everything from local storytellers and dancers to international festivals, lounge bars and the biggest club in Africa. Flyers and posters around town advertise upcoming events and venues and it isn't difficult to find something entertaining to do at night.

The best of 'old Morocco' can be experienced at Jemaa el Fna square with local musicians, storytellers and dancers entertaining visitors. In the medina, Café Arabe is a good place to start the evening and Kosybar, in Mellah, has a terrace with comfy lounges and a large wine selection. The Piano Bar often has Frank Sinatra renditions and in Guéliz, Le Grand Café de la Poste and Café du Livre are also good.

Euro-Arabian dance music and exotic dancers can be enjoyed at Comptoir Darna, in Hivernage, and nearby Theatro is a popular club. Pacha Marrakech claims to be the biggest club in Africa and has a gigantic swimming pool, and Montecristo is the place to go for salsa dancing, though it can be a bit seedy. For live music, Bo & Zin is great in summer, when musicians entertain guests out in the garden. Afro-Brazilian music can be heard at Afric'n Chic, while classical music performances are hosted by the Institut Français in Guéliz.

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