Drinking and nightlife in Morocco

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Barometre Marrakech

    Step into a mad professor’s underground lab where apothecary jars and brewery piping line the dimly lit bar. Barometre is a first for Marrakesh: an experimental cocktail bar that wouldn't look out of place in Paris or New York. Eschew the classics for a house special; try the Marrakesh Market with whisky, cinnamon, orange and saffron, or a Moorish Coffee with honey, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  • Nightlife in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Kechmara

    Want to hang out with the Marrakshi cool kids? Head straight to the covered rooftop bar at Kechmara after sunset and watch it pack out with a buzzing young crowd who lounge on sofas sipping wine and cocktails. Quirky installations, a riot of foliage and flickering candles create a memorable garden-in-the-sky feel. Drinks come with complimentary extras like tapas and spicy juice shots.

  • Nightlife in Tangier

    Number One

    Inside an apartment building, left after the entrance, this bar is perennially popular with expats. The decor is adorably funky, as is the bar's CD collection. The bar's owner, Karim, whose quotes hang above the tables, is lovable and hilarious. Cold beer, decent wine, spirits and tapas are on offer. Women are welcome.

  • Nightlife in Tangier

    TangerInn Pub

    The former hang-out for Beat writers William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg has been renovated to suit the next generation, and now teems with expats and young Moroccans. On weekends, house and R&B music blasts from the speakers. As in the 1950s, it remains a great place to drink beer.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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 Place de France for almost a century, this is the most famous of the cafes along Blvd Pasteur and was a prime gathering spot for the Tangier literati.

  • Nightlife 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 great place for a chilled-out drink.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    Bacha Coffee

    Tucked within the chambers of the Dar El Bacha museum, this fancy salon cafe intends to bring coffee connoisseurship back to Marrakesh. Prepare to scrape your jaw off the floor when you see the opulent rooms (a throwback to the early 20th-century French-protectorate era), the 23-page menu of 100% arabica coffees and the prices (pot of coffee from Dh40).

  • Nightlife in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Café du Livre

    This upstairs cafe-bar is a chilled-out spot with draft beer, coffee, bar snacks, cushy seating and walls of books to browse and buy. Come for happy hour (6pm to 8pm Tuesday to Saturday) for some of the cheapest beer (from Dh25) and wine (bottles from Dh120) in town. When the after-work crowd descends, it takes on a lively neighbourhood pub atmosphere.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

    Kabana

    It feels like there's a bit of Bali and a bit of Senegal in this lively yet relaxed rooftop bar with views of Koutoubia Mosque. Vintage furniture, natural materials and palm prints give the terrace a chic boho feel. Staff give out blankets on colder nights, and there's indoor seating beneath a forest of lanterns for rainy days. Try the signature travel-themed cocktails.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Medina

    Chez Abdellah

    Tiled floor to ceiling, this is less a tea shop than a decorative box, a kind of tiny theatre in which the voluble Abdellah, a born showman, mixes teas to order from piles of fresh herbs – not just mint, but also wormwood and other traditional digestives. Abdellah swears his secret is the water: it comes from the holy Kairaouine complex.

  • Nightlife in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

    Les Jardins de la Koutoubia

    This 1920s hotel offers drinkers double trouble. At sunset, head straight up to the Sky Bar, a secret haven of stylish, shady day beds and trickling fountains, with a shisha menu. When night falls, move downstairs into the classiest gin joint in the medina, with powerful long drinks delivered to leather club chairs beneath cedar ceilings.

  • Nightlife in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    Café Arabe

    Gloat over souq purchases with cocktails on the roof of this bar-restaurant popular with artists, designers and expats. Prices are reasonable for such a stylish place, and you can order half bottles of decent Moroccan wines. The rooftop is divided into two sections, one reserved for diners (the Italian food is surprisingly good), the other for drinkers.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

    Café El Koutoubia

    The street terrace at this charmingly old-fashioned cafe with wrought-iron balustrades has cracking views of the Koutoubia Minaret across the road. Despite its touristy position, it's a favourite hang-out for both elderly gentlemen clad in djellaba (traditional hooded robes) and suited businessmen – plus the occasional Marrakshi hipster – giving it a properly local ambience.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Medina

    L'Alcazar

    One of the most elegant places for a cocktail (Dh120) in all of Fez, the gorgeous courtyard bar at Riad Fès drips with atmosphere: the stucco columns catch the light reflected off an ornamental pool, and an oud player strums and sings. It's so alluring, you might consider staying for dinner at the Moroccan restaurant, L'Ambre.

  • Nightlife in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    Chichaoua

    See the black door left ajar, leading to an ascending tiled staircase, just west of Café des Épices on Rahba Kedima? That's the entrance to Chichaoua, the secret tea room launched by Nomad restaurant across the square. Ask for a rundown of its house blends, including the signature sweet orange tea, before reclining on the Barbie-pink midcentury sofa for a sophisticated cuppa.

  • Nightlife in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

    Le Salama

    You might not be able to see the Djemaa El Fna from Le Salama's light-filled 'sky bar', but the 360-degree views from its floor-to-ceiling windows make up for it, particularly with a sundowner in hand. With Middle Eastern beats and trailing foliage hanging from the roof, it's a surprisingly atmospheric place for drinks. Bonus: happy hour (2-for-1) runs virtually all day.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    El Fenn

    The best place to see the Koutoubia Mosque's nightly illumination is this achingly hip rooftop bar set up by Richard Branson's sister. Here, Marrakesh's movers and shakers converge for the medina's best cocktails and relaxed DJ sets. Skip the disappointing, overpriced restaurant, but do plan for an evening sipping martinis under cushion-strewn Berber tents.

  • Nightlife in Melilla

    Tetería Nazarí

    Over 100 teas fill the menu of this Moroccan-style teahouse owned by a Spaniard (try his speciality, floral mint tea). To go with your beverage, choose from sweet snacks like crêpes and Moroccan cookies or savoury dishes like hummus and falafel. The candlelight, incense and funky cushions make for a relaxing setting for hanging out in late into the night.

  • Nightlife in Ait Ben Haddou

    Tawesna

    This small teahouse serves up a basic set menu (Dh25) of coffee or tea and a plate of homemade local sweets, the proceeds from which support the local Association for Rural Women and Solidarity. With advance notice, they can also prepare a range of Amizigh (Berber) set menu meals for group bookings. Find it just beyond the bridge in the old village.

  • Nightlife in Oujda

    Hôtel Atlas Orient

    With several drinking options, the Atlas hotel is the best place for a night out in Oujda. By the reception is a classy bar with red velvet chairs and matching chandeliers. West of the entrance, 'the Actor's Lounge' serves booze and free tapas under a kaleidoscope of lights, while a nightclub for the late-night crowd bumps reggaeton and major hits.