French Riviera Bars Overview

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Although Côte d’Azur is known for its pristine beaches and high-end nightlife, there are still plenty of bars in the French Riviera for every taste, style, and budget.

Center stage is still of course the exclusive and expensive hotspots and French Riviera bars catering to models, celebrities, and wealthy business types. In both Nice and Cannes, the trendy set can relax by day at chic beach-side bars and resorts, while away the afternoon over wine, or hit up the luxury hotel bars and roof-top hangouts for pre-clubbing drinks.

The French Riviera isn’t all about luxury though, and affordable options exist in the bars along the coast as well. There’s a prevalence of great Irish bars, absinthe spots, and dives throughout Nice, which attracts throes of international students, travelers, and those on a budget looking for whistle-wetting watering holes, often with live music as well.

Whether high-end or on a budget, drinking by day at the beach or by night at a chic hotel, the French Riviera has bars for everyone – and with some of the best weather and beautiful scenery in the world – there’s always an excuse to celebrate with a drink.

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