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Life After Dark
Marrakech’s nightlife is amazing. In fact, its revelry is one of the things that attract tourists to the place. Hanging out at night in Djemma El Fna, eating while listening to Gnawa musicians and watching the traditional games is something you shouldn’t miss. Medina is one Marrakech nightlife area, the liveliness of which will surprise your senses.
Le Salama Restaurant and Lounge
The Le Salama Restaurant and Lounge has an all Moroccan menu and serves some of the most mouthwatering delicacies from the Moroccan cookbook. Its romantic ambiance with traditional riad-like décor will give you a feel of a jazz bar. You can enjoy hookah and cocktails on the rooftop seating with their daily “Happy Hours.”
Dar Anika gives you a warm welcome with their friendly staff and amazing drinking options. It is a riad located near the Mellah plaza, a perfect location for day drinking on the rooftop or a romantic getaway at night.
Café Clock is the gem of restaurants. It is a Moroccan hipster place giving a modern twist to its traditional Moroccan cuisine. They do not serve alcohol but that doesn’t stop it to have one of the best nightlife in Marrakech. They have Gnawa musicians performing regularly that can sweep you off your feet, literally.
Café Du Livre
If you are looking for an all-in-one bar Café Du Livre in Gueliz is your place. It is a restaurant, bar, and a library that organizes trivia night on Mondays, attracting international tourists. Fridays and Saturdays see live performances. They also serve American foods like buffalo wings. The drinks would go perfect with some of the major sporting events that are streamed here.
Theatro is a nightclub with amazing dance performances and acrobats every weekend. They mix the international and local DJs with Gnawa musicians and create crazy remixes with their drums. Though a tad bit pricey with the entrance fee being 225 dirhams and a bottle of your choice being 1000 dirhams, it is definitely worth the visit.
Es Saadi Casino and Epicurien
You can test your luck at gambling at the Es Saadi Casino and Epicurien right next to Theatro. Both the clubs form part of the Es Saadi Hotel grounds. The casino with its slots machines will show you a different kind of Marrakech. However, if you are not a big fan of gambling, you can sneak to the back and find it to be restaurant-by day and nightclub-by night scene. There is a live band that mixes old and new hits in its style.
One of the chicest and glamorous is the Bar Churchill at La Mamounia Hotel, in Avenue Bab Jedid. Named after its most famous and prestigious guest, the hotel houses a bar which has to be an obligatory place for every bar connoisseur.
Mixing with the locals, like the locals, is an essential part of traveling. Café Arabe is one of the few bars in Medina that doesn’t feel twisted to suit the travelers’ needs. Their serpentine sofas are a perfect place to mix the delicious cocktails with. The café also features a rooftop seating that overlooks a vast expanse of mountains, providing a quiet and serene scene away from the noisy and ever-bustling streets of Marrakech.
Comptoir Darna, in Avenue Echouhada, is a versatile space that offers an amazing nightclub and cabaret experience. Their patio is a perfect place to gulp down on a delicious mix and some of their most famous cocktails before stepping into the thumping scene upstairs with supermodels, diplomats, and minor royalty rubbing shoulders with one another.
Though the night scene in Medina is typical of what you usually see or expect primarily because of the law that dictates prohibition of the sale of alcohol within the mosque’s view, it has still not failed to surprise the travelers with sociable street-front cafes, dance performances, cabarets, and casinos.