Drinking and nightlife in Tunisia

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Medina

    M’Rabet

    There's no shortage of characterful cafes and restaurants in the medina, but this one tops them all. The downstairs space with its arches, rug-adorned platform seating and painted columns may initially present as a Orientalist cliché, but its charm quickly overrides such judgments. A capacious two-tiered rear terrace with view of the Zitouna Mosque's minaret is equally alluring.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Centre Ville

    La Casa del Caffè

    Stop the presses and send hallelujahs to the heavens! This cafe facing the Tunis Ville train station employs baristas who know their trade and use freshly ground Illy beans to make their Italian-style coffee. It also has a sealed non-smoking section, is a welcoming space for both men and women, and offers keenly priced breakfast (2.9DT) and lunch (5.6DT) deals. Bravo.

  • Nightlife in Tunis

    Habibi

    Habibi serves up excellent cocktails in an interior that fuses the modern with the 1950s, as well as in a softly lit courtyard, and drinks can be paired with food from Bistro Nippon in an exciting collaboration. The Facebook page lists each night's music lineup, which ranges from funk and soul to afro-beat and contemporary jazz.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kairouan

    Dar Hassine Allani

    For a unique experience, ring the bell of this late-18th-century dar and ask for a tour and tea (10DT). The friendly multilingual young women working here will outline the history of the house and show you around. At the end of the tour, tea and biscuits are served on the rooftop, which has magnificent views over the medina.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Sfax

    Café Maure Diwan

    Inserted into the medina wall between Bab Diwan and Bab El Kasbah and accessed by a colourful set of steps, this atmospheric cafe is a refuge from the heat and a relaxing spot to kill a few hours over thé au pignons (mint tea with pinenuts), a Turkish coffee or a shisha. There's a youthful, mixed-gender crowd.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Centre Ville

    Le Malouf

    The Ville's best bar is hidden behind a high wall and yellow door that give no hint of the bohemian scene that unfolds within. Tables and bar stools are scattered around a treed courtyard, DJs spin a variety of music and heavily smoking patrons (groups, couples) catch up at the end of the day.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mahdia

    Café Sidi Salem

    This is a magical place overlooking the Mediterranean on the south side of the medina. Several levels of tables jut out over the sea, and kids and families frolic in the water below. It’s wonderful at any time of the day for a drink, even if the food is best avoided.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Medina

    Café Chaouachine

    A mass of tables set in passageways under the vaulted arches of the medina's most atmospheric souq, this cafe is popular with locals of all ages and genders. It's a great spot for a mint tea, coffee or shisha.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Sfax

    Café Cultural Balkiss

    Sip mint tea high above the medina's narrow laneways at this two-level rooftop cafe attached to the Dar Baya boutique hotel. It's particularly atmospheric when the call to prayer issues from nearby mosques.

  • Nightlife in Sidi Bou Saïd

    Café des Nattes

    Fronted by steep steps that feature in many tourist photographs, this traditional cafe has hosted André Gide, Paul Klee, Simone de Beauvoir and many other bohemian types over its long history. Its Andalusian-style interior has barley-sugar columns and rush-mat-covered platform seating. Outside are small terraces ideal for checking out the cobbled catwalk of the street while sipping mint tea with pinenuts.

  • Nightlife in Le Kef

    Café Bou Makhlouf

    With its coffee tables and Berber mats trickling down the stairs in front of Zaouiet Sidi Bou Makhlouf, this cafe couldn't be in a more wonderfully picturesque location. It’s a female-friendly place, and you can come here to sip thé au pignons (mint tea with pinenuts), smoke shisha or just take in the relaxed atmosphere. No alcohol.

  • Nightlife in La Marsa

    Dar El Marsa

    Sweeping 360-degree views of La Marsa Beach and the Carthage hills are on offer at this all-season bar/restaurant on the roof terrace of the fashionable hotel Dar El Marsa. The drinks aren’t too expensive, and food is available in the restaurant if you start to feel peckish after a sundowner or two.

  • Nightlife in Tunis

    Wax Bar

    Not just another bar, Wax is a don't-miss on the Tunis party scene, especially for vinyl nerds, who will relish the opportunity to exchange records with the bar's own collection. Expect an eclectic range of live bands and DJs along with pop-up frip (vintage clothing) markets from this first-of-its-kind record club in Tunisia.

  • Nightlife in Tunis

    Villa Les Palmes

    This relaxed garden is a sweet spot in downtown Tunis to enjoy a drink with friends. It's one of the only places serving alcohol al fresco in the centre of town, and the wooden seating set within the greenery of the garden make this rustic bar a nice surprise tucked behind a grand home-turned-guesthouse.

  • Nightlife in Tunis

    Yüka

    Hang with the cool kids of Tunis while listening to top Tunisian and international DJs play all-night-long sessions at Yüka. In summer, enjoy pool parties and soak up the sun and views on the terrace. The fun moves inside over winter, but it certainly doesn’t stop.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Takrouna

    Le Rocher Bleu

    Aida Gmach Bellagha, whose family hailed from Takrouna, moved from Tunis to embark on an ambitious project to cultivate interest in local Berber heritage, resulting in this beautiful, cosy cafe and the Dar Gmach museum next door. Enjoy a Turkish coffee with orange blossom or 'cocktails' named after abandoned Berber villages in the area.

  • Nightlife in Medina

    Panorama Medina Cafe

    This mosaic-adorned rooftop cafe in a dilapidated building behind the Zitouna Mosque can be hard to find, but its view over the mosque courtyard is the best in the medina. It's extremely popular with local students. Enter through the blue doors into a seemingly empty space and then climb the rickety stairs to find it.

  • Nightlife in La Marsa

    Le Carpe Diem

    A favourite with the young expat crowd, this unpretentious venue is the place to be if you want to dance until the early hours fuelled by tequila shots. During winter, the indoor venue can get a little smoky; in summer, the action moves to a large outside party space where resident DJs spin a mix of house, hip hop and jungle.

  • Nightlife in Houmt Souk

    El Fondouk Restaurant Lounge

    This cafe, as hip as Houmt Souk gets, is in an old and very attractive funduq (caravanserai). It lacks shade in its courtyard so is most popular at night. There's occasional live music, the walls are lined with works by local artists and it's always busy when football matches are being telecast. Small galleries and boutiques occupy upstairs rooms.

  • Nightlife in Carthage

    Punic'Art

    After a day of sightseeing, there are few better rewards than enjoying a leisurely tea or coffee at this outdoor cafe overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and the ancient Punic ports. In cooler or inclement weather, seating is in an octagonal glass gazebo. Food is available, too (pizzas 13DT to 24DT, pastas 16DT to 22DT, cakes 10DT).