Drinking and nightlife in Tunis

  • 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 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 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.

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    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 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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).

  • Nightlife in Tunis

    Tiki Bar

    Tiki Bar is one of the original scene setters for the new wave of beach bars that have popped up along the Gammarth coastline. Located on the beach in front of the Ramada Plaza hotel, it gets the balance of fun and ambience just right. From 9pm Thursday through Saturday expect live rap and hip hop, plus lots of dancing.

  • Nightlife in Centre Ville

    Art'Cafe

    The comfy couches in this cavernous space with its jaunty black-and-red decorative scheme are popular with young locals of both genders. Positives include the fact that the large interior and high ceilings mean that cigarette smoke isn't the usual problem, though the lack of wi-fi is a negative.

  • Nightlife in La Marsa

    Café Le Saf Saf

    La Marsa's most famous, best-loved and most traditional cafe has seating in a lovely tiled courtyard with shady trees – perfect for a leisurely tea or coffee break. The action picks up on summer nights, when the joint really jumps. There's simple food on offer, but we don't recommend it.

  • Nightlife in Centre Ville

    Cercle des Amis du Théâtre National

    Undeniably arty, this cafe in the foyer of the Théâtre National Tunisien Le 4ème Art is a great place for a coffee or tea during the day. Top marks are awarded for its friendly multilingual staff, non-smoking policy and free wi-fi.

  • Nightlife in Centre Ville

    Caféteria Cafés Ben Yedder

    Cafés Ben Yedder is Tunisia's best-loved coffee roastery and its modern non-smoking cafe occupies a building near the Marché Centrale where the company has been based since 1934. Good espresso and cappuccino are available, along with a range of pastries.

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    La Croisette du Lac

    Overlooking the lake and surrounded by fairy lights and a family atmosphere, this place on the Corniche has a front terrace that's a great stop if you're after a cold drink, coffee or tea. It’s especially appealing on a hot summer’s evening.

  • Nightlife in La Marsa

    Café Houasse

    Opposite the famous Café Le Saf Saf and with just as much atmosphere, this traditional cafe has a charming interior with high ceilings, tile-lined walls and plenty of old photographs. The tempo is laid-back but very male-dominated.