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Start the night with a stroll around Port des Pécheurs, an ideal spot for people-watching, with its sport fishermen, restaurants, and fascinating crowds.

Fortunes have been made and lost at Le Casino Municipal, 1 av. Edouard-VII (tel. 05-59-22-77-17), where you can easily catch gambling fever. The less formal section, containing only slot machines, is open daily 10am to 3am (until 4am Fri-Sat). Entrance is free, no ID is required, and there's no dress code. The more elegant section (for les jeux de table, or table games) is open Sunday to Thursday 7:30pm to 3am, Friday and Saturday 6pm to 4am. This section requires a passport or photo ID. "Correct" dress for this section means no shorts or sloppy attire -- jackets for men aren't required.

The hippest nightclub in town is Le Copa, 24 av. Edouard-VII (tel. 05-59-22-29-43; www.lecopa.fr), which plays Latin (particularly Cuban) salsa, and virtually every other kind of dance music. Le Play Boy, 15 place Clemenceau (tel. 05-59-24-38-46), appeals to a diverse crowd ranging in age from 20 to 40. More appealing is Disco Le Caveau, 4 rue Gambetta (tel. 05-59-24-16-17), where a well-dressed and attractive crowd of gay and straight people mingle with ease. Le Carré Coast, 21 av. Edouard VII (tel. 05-59-24-64-64), is open nightly between 7:30pm and 4am June and September, but closed Sunday to Wednesday the rest of the year. It combines a view of the sea, an outdoor terrace, a minimalist decor with lots of burnished steel, and a dance floor. It can get very crowded in here with the emotionally unattached (and sometimes the attached masquerading as the unattached) from the surrounding region. Entrance is free, but a whiskey with soda begins at around 10€.

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.