Dive Bars in French Riviera

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Party Earth Review Patrons are greeted by a shark and a large blue whale at the door of the nautically-themed Blue Whales, one of Nice’s late-night bars where crowds typically don’t show up until 2am when other bars begin to close. Though the bar is located inland in the old town, the underwater frescoes of marine life keep the casual and friendly clientele in a sea-faring state of mind. While the upstairs area offers a quiet place for chatting, and shooting pool or chilling and smoking on the terrace, the downstairs bar is usually packed with people indulging in flaming shots and crowding around the stage to hear the live rock and jazz that ... more


1 Rue Mascoïnat
06300 Nice

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French Riviera Dive Bars Overview

One doesn’t typically think of dive bars when it comes to the opulent French Riviera nightlife scene. However, there are still some sizable cities with all kinds of people and budgets and as a result, some pretty stellar dive bars to boot.

French Riviera dive bars, like most dives around the world, share a few things in common. For one, they’re probably the only places along the Mediterranean coast to get a cheap drink. Two, there are always colorful characters either drowning their sorrows or toasting their lack of wealth. And three, they are the perfect escapes from the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera hotspots.

The best, and by far most well-known, dive bar in the French Riviera is Blue Whales. Crowds don’t typically show up until after 2am when most venues shut down, but when they do, the nautically themed hole-in-the-wall gets packed with a young and rowdy crowd that’s boozed up from a night of clubbing. There’s also live music until they shut the doors – which typically happens sometime around sunrise.

Not known for a great many dive bars, if you know where to look, you’ll still be able to find some diamond in the rough dumps with cheap booze and crazy characters any night of the week.

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