A guide to nightlife in Marrakech

Nightlife in the Medina can be fun but if you’re after a night with boozy tipples on holidays in Marrakech, the newer part of the city, outside of the old city walls is the place to head. Many of the bars also house restaurants, from high-end offerings to snack bars, which means you can make a night of it from dinnertime until the early hours. Venues offer a good selection of drinks, live music and DJs, while some of the more glamorous nightclubs also throw cabaret acts into the mix. Take a look at our pick of the best nightlife spots you’ll find on Marrakech holidays.

Cabaret acts at Le Comptoir

Located in the chic Hivernage area, this isn’t just a gastronomic restaurant, it’s also an extravagant club that attracts high-flyers and dignitaries from around the world. Descend on this venue with an open mind as you sip on a cocktail and watch ballet and oriental dancers perform, while an in-house band strums traditional music.

As it gets later the music gets more intense, and the Gnaoua Oriental band performs jazz, reggae and rock tunes. International DJs round off the party, which goes on until 2am.

A taste of the high life at Lotus Club

Set in a stunning 1920s Art Deco villa in Hivernage is this equally glamorous nightclub and restaurant. The OhLaLa Cabaret troupe entertains a glittering clientele, with antics and eclectic floorshows including Geisha, Beyonce and Gatsby acts.

Live bands and DJs will keep you dancing late into the night, with cocktails and sushi fuelling the fun, while the pool bar provides the perfect place for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the main venue. Expect to leave here feeling exhilarated and stimulated.

Peruse some modern art at Kechmara

Outside of the Medina sits this great bar, which is open all day so you can begin the day with food in the main restaurant. It seems to have struck a cord with a younger, trendy Marrakech crowd who head here at night to listen to live jazz and DJ sets on the romantic roof terrace.

This venue offers a modern, white interior, where original local art is hung. They even hold exhibitions in the restaurant, and the venue is styled as a bit of cultural hangout. If you’re looking for something a little different from the standard drinking and dancing night out, this is the place to come.

Listen to live music at Kosybar

Close to Jardin Majorelle in the new part of the city is this cosy bar, making it very aptly named. The indoor bar and restaurant areas are designed in a lavish and authentic Arabian style giving it a warm and relaxed feel.

If you’re there for drinks, take a seat on a stool at the bar or get comfy on the low seating. Friendly staff are on hand to serve everything from chilled beer, to ornate cocktails and local wine. As the night goes on and the diners disperse, head to the roof terrace to enjoy the remarkable views across the Medina and Bahia Palace.

Latin sounds at African Chic

African Chic is home to two large bar areas where bartenders whip up some fantastic cocktails. Enjoy late nights where the dancefloor gets busy to the sounds of live samba bands who keep the party going until the early hours of the morning. If you happen to be dining at the restaurant, which serves French and Moroccan cuisine, you’ll be ideally placed to watch the music.