Party Earth Review Located off the busiest pedestrian street in Antibes, The Hop Store Irish Pub’s enormous terrace is hard to miss, especially since it’s usually overflowing with a young and boisterous crowd of seasonal yacht workers who swarm in to enjoy the live rock music or to watch a game. The traditional décor of dark wood furnishings ... more
38 Boulevard Aguillon
Party Earth Review Located under a large staircase across from the beach, L’Escalier’s easygoing, dive-bar vibe attracts a slightly gritty clientele looking for late-night fun. The bar’s street level area offers a few scattered tables and a large projection TV for watching sports, while the more spacious downstairs area features some small ... more
10 Rue Raoul Bosio
Lounge / Pub
Party Earth Review Though it’s located just off the main shopping street of Rue d’Antibes, Morrison’s Irish Pub offers a homey refuge from the luxurious décor of its glitzy neighbors. This friendly English bar draws a faithful crowd of casual sporty types and features a rustic environment of dark wood tables ... more
10 Rue Teisseire
Party Earth Review Patrons looking for a student bar with cheap drinks and a rowdy atmosphere will find it at CheckPoint Pub. A homey upstairs area features the wide main bar, several booths lit by busted-up neon signs, and a wide-screen TV, while the cozier downstairs area is home to a second bar and a small dance floor. Free space is ... more
2 rue desboutins
Pub / Sports Bar
Reviewed by Carla H.
"My Take: Right in the heart of the Old Town, this aptly named medieval-themed rock bar in Nice greets you with a King’s head on its doors and images ..." more
15 Rue de la Préfecture
Party Earth Review Located on the Cours Saleya, Ma Nolan’s is an upscale Irish pub with a friendly international staff that draws in an equally diverse clientele of local regulars, expats, and English speakers. Mornings see a hungry crowd that stops by the terrace for a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs – a rare treat ... more
2 Rue Saint-François de Paule
Live Music Venue / Pub
Party Earth Review A casual Norwegian pub serving enormous mugs of beer, Akathor is a welcome retreat for weary city dwellers, local hipsters, and travelers looking for a laid-back place to settle in for a couple of hours. A relaxing terrace that often features a solo singer earlier in the evening attracts an after-beach crowd for ... more
32 Cours Saleya
Irish Pub / Gastropub
Reviewed by Carla H.
"My Take: This quaint little pub is a Nice treasure. Don’t let the size of the venue fool you. This modest bar impresses with its English style décor, ..." more
22 Rue Droite
06300 Nice, France
Party Earth Review Across the street from the old port and a block away from the beach, The Quay’s is a typical Irish pub with a great view and a chatty, laidback clientele. The cozy dark wood décor features a paddleboat hanging from the ceiling and a collection of foreign currency that pays tribute to the pub’s ... more
17 Quai Saint-Pierre
Party Earth Review Though Master Home is a Scottish pub, it focuses more on a hip trendy crowd than it does on its traditional roots. The rather swanky interior may boast comfy suede barstools and booths, but the moneyed yet rowdy ex-pat regulars are often too busy clamoring for their favorite beers off the nearly three dozen-strong tap list ... more
11 Rue de la Préfecture
In such a high-end and expensive part of the world, one wouldn’t think that the Côte d’Azur would be a bastion of great English and Irish pubs, but one would be mistaken as there are a good deal of pubs in the French Riviera serving up authentic grub and sudsy brews.
In Cannes, Nice, and Antibes, there are pubs of every variety. Some have live music, others pool tables, while others feature karaoke. But what they all have in common is the Boddingtons and Guinness poured from the taps, the bangers & mash and fish & chips served fresh, and the latest rugby or football match on the TV.
One of the best features of French Riviera pubs is that they provide a total alternative to the rest of the nightlife along the Mediterranean. Whereas so many of the bars, clubs, lounges, and restaurants cater to the upper crust and see-and-be-seen crowd of celebrities and wealthy finance types, the pubs here are completely unpretentious, the prices are much more budget-friendly, and no one cares who you are or how much money you make.
So if you want a laid-back, hassle-free environment where value is placed on great beer and better conversation, check out the surprising array of pubs in the Riviera, and get a little bit of the UK in the south of France.