Marrakech: An overview - Part 24

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Marrakech: An overview - Part 24

Moroccan Food, Restaurants and Nightlife – continued

Nightlife

In the medina, due to its religious status, there is largely a “no liquor” rule and the nightlife is mostly outside the city walls. Drinking in Marrakech is discreet and normally takes place strictly behind closed doors. However, once you’re safely inside then you would not know that the outside world is completely different. Hidden away on the outskirts of the town, the clubs are a place for locals and tourists to party.

Comptoir offers a spacious lounge above the ground floor restaurant, with a long and charming bar stretching along one wall. This is the place where women can get dressed up and men can try to appeal to them. The atmosphere here is both smart and sophisticated.

At Jad Mahal you will find enjoyable drinks, an extravagant setting, dancers and musicians. After you have enjoyed a meal of their Moroccan, Thai and French fusion you can dance the night away. It is a popular place so I would recommend that you book in advance if you want to try it out.

Pacha is a ten-minute drive south of the town and is North Africa’s largest, mega-decibel, super club. It is a massive, purpose-built structure and it can accommodate up to 3, 000 people. It also boasts a chill-out lounge, two restaurants and a swimming pool with sunbathing terrace. It even has guest DJs that are flown in from overseas every weekend.

Café Atlas can be found by the Place Abdel Moumen Ben Ali. Coffee drinkers will be sat at street side tables while those with a thirst for enjoying alcohol can be found inside.

Kozybar is a pub style bar with cosy dining spaces above and also with a rooftop terrace.

Kechmara is mainly a café restaurant, but also has a busy bar complete with taps for bière pression. The rooftop terrace is one of the few places to enjoy beer in an open-air setting.

Le Lounge is a small bar and is notable for its outdoor terrace. You will even find a sofa under a palm tree strung with fairy lights.

Grand Tazi is a budget hotel and has an informal bar that allows travellers to relax over a cheap beer. It is a bit run down but as it is one of few places to enjoy drink in the medina it has quite a few customers.

Casino de Marrakech was first opened in 1952. It did so with a full revue show imported from Paris. It now features 14 gaming tables and a cabaret show.

Continued in part 25.

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