Bars & Clubs -- A strip of sundowner bars stretches along rue Félix Faure. Most are chic, some have happy hour cocktails, and several have DJs after dinner. Tapas bar Le Bivi, 7 rue des Gabres (www.lebivi-cannes.com; tel. 04-93-39-97-90), is a convivial spot to sample more unusual South of France wines. For an aperitif with history, the Bar l’Amiral, in the Hôtel Martinez, 73 La Croisette (tel. 04-93-90-12-34), is where deals have always gone down during the film festival. The bar comes complete with the nameplates of stars that once propped it up, Humphrey Bogart among them. Alternatively, head to Le 360, Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, 2 bd. Jean Hibert (www.radissonblu.com; tel. 04-92-99-73-20), a panoramic rooftop terrace overlooking the port that’s idyllic for a cocktail as the sun sets. Continue the party at B.Pub, 22 rue Macé (tel. 04-93-38-17-30), with live pop, international DJs, and the resident bartenders’ favorite trick, a flaming ring of alcohol-fueled fire round the bar. At Le Bâoli, Port Pierre Canto, La Croisette (www.lebaoli.com; tel. 04-93-43-03-43), Europe’s partying elite, from Prince Albert of Monaco to Jude Law, dance until dawn. Dress to the nines to slip past the über-tight security and into this Asian-inspired wonderland.
Casinos -- Cannes is invariably associated with easygoing permissiveness, filmmaking glitterati, and gambling. If the latter is your thing, Cannes has world-class casinos loaded with high rollers, voyeurs, and everyone in between. The better established is the Casino Croisette, in the Palais des Festivals, 1 espace Lucien Barrière (www.lucienbarriere.com; tel. 04-92-98-78-00). A well-respected fixture in town since the 1950s, a collection of noisy slot machines it is most certainly not. Its main competitor is the newer Palm Beach Casino, place F-D-Roosevelt, Pointe Croisette (www.casinolepalmbeach.com; tel. 04-97-06-36-90), on the southeast edge of La Croisette. It attracts a younger crowd with a summer-only beachside poker room, a beach club with pool, a restaurant, and a disco that runs until dawn. Both casinos maintain slots that operate daily from lunchtime to around 4am. Smarter dress is expected for the salles des grands jeux (blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, and chemin de fer), which open nightly 8pm to 4am. The casino also pulls in daytime visitors with tasty inexpensive lunches and Sunday brunches, both of which come with free gaming chips.
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