Marrakesh doesn't have a huge nightlife scene, but in recent years there's been a (small) flurry of trendy bar openings in Guéliz in the ville nouvelle. The medina only has a handful of restaurants and bars licensed to serve alcohol, although many riads sell beer and wine to guests in the privacy of their inner courtyards.

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Marrakesh Clubbing

Clubbing nightlife begins around midnight. Most of the clubs are in the Hivernage area, or in the fast-expanding city suburb along Blvd Mohammed VI known as Zone Aguedal. Admission can be steep (ranging from Dh150 to Dh350 including the first drink) but those who arrive early (before 11pm) and dress smartly may get in free – especially women.

Solo female travellers should note that some Marrakesh clubs have a slightly sleazy feel as local prostitutes use certain venues as client pick-up points. Taxis back from out-of-town clubs are expensive – taxi drivers know they’ve got you stranded.