Au P'tit Quart d'Heure, 21 place Forum de Cardeurs (www.auptitquartdheure.fr) and next-door’s La Curieuse, 23 place Forum des Cardeurs (tel. 06-06-66-77-01) are two of the city’s liveliest spots to stop for an early evening aperitif. Expect seasonal happy hours, with prices as low as 1€ for beer and 2€ per glass of wine. Open daily from 8am until 2am, La Rotonde, 2A place Jeanne d’Arc (www.larotonde-aix.com; tel. 04-42-91-61-70)—a bar, cafe, and historic hangout—is also perennially popular.
Under-30s who like thumping beats should head for Le Mistral, 3 rue Frédéric Mistral (www.mistralclub.fr; tel. 04-42-38-16-49), where techno and house pumps long and loud for a cover charge of around 10€ to 20€.
For jazz produced by a changing roster of visiting musicians, head for the Scat Club, 11 rue de la Verrerie (tel. 04-42-23-00-23), a preferred venue for more mature local patrons.
Last but certainly not least is the Joïa Glam Club (www.discotheque-aixenprovence.com; tel. 06-80-35-32-94), chemin de l’Enfant, in the hamlet of Les Milles, 8km (5 miles) south of Aix (follow the signs to Marseille). There is also a shuttle bus from La Rotonde in Aix proper—probably a safer bet. On-site are a restaurant, several bars, an outdoor swimming pool, and indoor/outdoor dance floor. Be forewarned that there are long lines on Fridays (when females get in free) and Saturdays. Entrance usually costs around 16€, unless you’re a star or self-confident enough to schmooze the doorman.
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