Nice has some of the most active nightlife and cultural offerings along the Riviera. Big evenings out usually begin at a cafe or bar, take in a restaurant, opera, or film, and finish in a club. The website riviera.angloinfo.com lists all the week’s English-language movies in VO, or version originale.
The major cultural center on the Riviera is the Opéra de Nice, 4 rue St-François-de-Paule (www.opera-nice.org; tel. 04-92-17-40-00), built in 1885 by Charles Garnier, fabled architect of the Paris Opéra. It presents a full repertoire, with emphasis on serious, often large-scale operas, such as “Tristan and Isolde” and “La Boheme,” as well as a saison symphonique dominated by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. The opera hall is also the major venue for concerts and recitals. Tickets are available right up until the day of performance. You can show up at the box office (Mon–Thurs 9am–5:30pm; Fri until 7:45pm; Sat until 4:30pm) or buy tickets in advance online. Tickets run from 10€ to 80€.
A chic gaming spot is the Casino in the Palais de Mediterranée, 15 promenade des Anglais (www.casinomediterranee.com; tel. 04-92-14-68-00), which offers a similar experience daily from 10am for slot machines, 8pm for gaming tables.
The Old Town’s most happening spot is Villa, 7 rue Raoul Bosio tel. 04-93-87-99-45), whose house aperitif is the wickedly named Putain de le Palais: crushed strawberries topped with Champagne. Within the cool-kitsch decor of a former garage in the port area, talented staff serves up fruity cocktails and organic local wines at Rosalina, 16 rue Lascaris (tel. 04-93-89-34-96). Around the corner, gay-friendly Comptoir Central Électrique, 10 rue Bonaparte (tel. 04-93-14-09-62), has been the place Garibaldi neighborhood’s epicenter of cool since opening in 2013. Also on the same street, Deli Bo, 5 rue Bonaparte (tel. 04-93-56-33-04), is a hip dining spot for ladies who lunch.
The party spirit is best lapped up in the alfresco bars on the cours Saleya. Otherwise, head 1 block inland to Wayne’s Bar, 15 rue de la Préfecture (www.waynes.fr; tel. 04-93-13-46-99), where dancing on the tables to raucous cover bands is the norm. For excellent house tunes, nonstop dancing, and heaps of understated cool, head to Bliss, 12 rue de l’Abbaye (tel. 04-93-16-82-38).
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.