Open daily from 8am until 2am, La Rotonde, 2A pl. Jeanne d’Arc (www.larotonde-aix.com; tel. 04-42-91-61-70), is a bar, cafe, and historic hangout.
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 (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). A shuttle bus connects from La Rotonde in Aix proper—probably a safer bet. On site is a restaurant, several bars, an outdoor swimming pool, and indoor/outdoor dance floor. Be forewarned that long lines are common on Fridays (when females get in free) and Saturdays. Entrance usually costs around 20€, unless you’re a star or self-confident enough to schmooze the doorman.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.