Nice has a strong live-music tradition, from pop rock to jazz and cabaret; many bars regularly host bands. Vieux Nice is the hotspot, with multiple venues packed together on streets such as rue de la Préfecture and rue Benoît Bunico. Other dynamic neighbourhoods include Le Port-Garibaldi and la Promenade des Anglais in summer.

Best Lists


  • Opéra de Nice Catch operas, dance and classical music at this 19th-century beauty.
  • Shapko Live shows in a variety of genres are the hallmark of this Vieux Nice hotspot.
  • Wayne's Raw and rowdy, but always dependable for rock and other live music.
  • La Cave Romagnan Jazz is the name of the game at this bar's regular Saturday-night sessions.

Cinemas & Theatres

  • Cinéma Rialto Good New Town venue for original English-language films.
  • Cinéma Mercury Independent films, often in English, conveniently located on place Garibaldi.
  • Théâtre Francis Gag A true neighbourhood theatre, still staging occasional plays in Nissart dialect.