Provence nightlife

Place Masséna, Nice by night

By Anthony Peregrine, your Provence expert

I write for The Daily Telegraph, The .... Read more

How to have a good night out in Provence

Provençal nightlife can be as wild or as tranquil as you like. In spots like St-Tropez or Monaco - but also Nice and Cannes - the rich, the beautiful, the famous and the wannabes move from early bars to late bars and onto clubs, embracing excess (and much else besides) through to dawn.

Champagne may cost the equivalent of the GDP of a small developing country - and may also be sprayed, rather than drunk.

Revels

Meanwhile, in up-country villages only a few miles away, you'll struggle to find much open after 9pm - or earlier, off-season. Night-time revels are limited to quiet dinners on the terraces of those places which do stay open.

These are all the revels I need these days but I understand that younger, friskier elements crave the intensity of being at the centre of the summer swirl. You'll find details of such places on my Cannes nightlife, St-Tropez nightlife, Nice nightlife and Monaco nightlife pages.

Big guys

The best are, though, and by definition, hellishly popular. I've seen the queue at the door of the Caves-du-Roy in St Tropez stretch back 100 yards or more.

And actually arriving at the door is no guarantee that you'll get in. Big guys are trained to refuse people unsuitable for their establishments. So, if you're not famous and beautiful - the only sure-fire sesames - then, to put all the advantages on your side:

  • Don't arrive already drunk or even merry.
  • Don't be boisterous in the queue.
  • Dress as smartly and fashionably as you can manage.
  • Don't arrive in an all-male group.

You'll still have a devil of a job getting in - but, at least, you'll have done all you can. Meanwhile, I'll be on that up-country terrace with a bottle of rosé and a loved one, thanking the good Lord that I'm not in the queue with you.

For more expert advice on Provence, follow these links:

Be inspired by Provence community guides featuring nightlife written by our community (5)

Sort by

#1/5
Rating:
4.75
(4 comments)
Destination: St-Tropez
Trip type: Beach, Nightlife, Shopping
I fell in love with the French Riviera as a teenager - it has a magical charm that nowhere else can emulate. And, there's no place like St Tropez. Explore the beaches, restaurants and hotels with me... read more »
#2/5
Rating:
4.5
(3 comments)
Les Deux Alpes is a vibrant party town, enticing experts with its limitless steep off-piste and flattering beginners and early intermediates with tame terrain – all skiable for nine months of the year... read more »
#3/5
Rating:
4.25
(8 comments)
Destination: Nice
With a pumping night life, sociable people and Cannes and Monaco right on the doorstep, Nice is the undiscovered holy grail for the lads' holiday.... read more »
#4/5
Rating:
4
(4 comments)
Juan-les-Pins is nearly a century old - but this glittering resort, together with neighbouring Antibes and the ritzy Cap that connects them, only gets better... read more »
#5/5
Rating:
3.666665
(6 comments)
Destination: Marseille
This intriguing city captures the best of French cuisine, from exquisite to traditional, with rich Mediterranean and exotic North-African influences. Marseilles is simply a gastronomic delight... read more »
Showing 5 results