Marrakech Nightlife

Morocco is not renowned for a glitzy or exciting nightlife, but Marrakech is something of an exception, offering visitors some exotic and fun experiences after dark. Nightlife in Marrakech is a unique combination of sophistication and tradition, offering everything from local storytellers and dancers to international festivals, lounge bars and vibrant dance clubs. 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 Moroccan entertainment can be experienced at Jemaa el Fna square, where local musicians, storytellers and dancers entertain visitors into the night. The square is truly the heart of Marrakech and the entertainment hub for tourists. This traditional night-time entertainment is really the best nightlife option in the city, but there is a bar and night club scene. Travellers should bear in mind that in Morocco locals refer to night clubs as 'discos' and to cabaret venues as 'clubs'. The cabaret and belly dancing venues are often great fun! The best areas to find bars and dance clubs are the districts of Gueliz and Hivernage, particularly along Avenue Mohammed V.

Morocco is an Islamic country and alcohol is not necessarily available in restaurants and night-time entertainment venues, although the attitude towards alcohol is somewhat laid-back in Marrakech in comparison to the rest of the country. The exception to this is the month of Ramadan, when foreigners need to exercise restraint and should only drink in hotels. The hotel bars and restaurants in more touristy areas of the city can usually be relied upon to serve alcohol.

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