Mediterranean Coast & the Rif Mountains drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Tangier

Gran Café de Paris

Gravity weighs upon the grand letters of the Gran Café de Paris, reminding us of its age at the crossroads of Tangier. Facing the Place de France since 1927, this is the most famous of the coffee establishments alon…
Bar in Tangier

Number One

A perennially popular place with expats, this small bar (there's a restaurant next door) does cold beer, decent wine and spirits, and a good stab at tapas. The decor is adorably funky, as is the bar's CD collection.…
Bar in Tangier

Caid's Bar

Long the establishment's drinking hole of choice, this El Minzah landmark is a classy relict of the grand days of international Tangier, and photos of the famous and infamous adorn the walls. Women are more than wel…
Bar in Tangier

Nord Pinus Tanger

On the top floor of this kasbah guesthouse is a bar and terrace, with fabulous views across to Spain. Sip a cocktail in the retro-chic lounge full of quirky chairs, Moroccan cushions and contemporary photography. A …
Bar in Tangier

Le Tangerine

A last hold-out from the Beat days, the Tangerine (or 'Tangier Inn') was where William Burroughs took Kerouac and Ginsberg drinking. It's a little cleaner, with a hint of Moroccan hipster about it now, but still a d…
Club in Tangier

Beach Club 555

A beach club by day with pool, pizzeria and bar with a sports screen (admission Dh100), at night the Triple 5 morphs into one of the best discos in the city. Dance up a storm with the resident and visiting DJs.
Bar in Al Hoceima

Mercure Quemado Resort

The bar of the Mercure hotel is open to nonguests. It's not the cheapest place to have a drink in Al Hoceima, but it may be the nicest – sitting out on the decking overlooking the beach.
Cafe in Melilla

La Pérgola

This cafe-bar on the pleasure-yacht harbour is an exceedingly pleasant place for a drink in the late afternoon, particularly on its wide sunny terrace on the waterfront.
Bar in Tangier

Piano Bar at El Morocco Club

An atmospheric medina bar on the edge of the kasbah, this is a good place for a drink. There's usually live music at weekends, and a fresh breeze at any time.
Cafe in Tangier

Café Central

The premier people-watching site in the medina, with tables on the pavement facing Petit Socco. See the local Mafiosi arrive in his new Benz, watch odd specimens of humanity drift past, hear the strange shouts echo …