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17 Places to Go for Marrakech Nightlife

One of the great things to do in Marrakech is to hit up some fun Marrakech nightlife. While I can get down with hanging out in Djemma El Fna at night from time to time with friends to eat in one of the food stalls or listen to the Gnawa musicians or watch some of the traditional games being played, sometimes I just want to get dressed up and check out a restaurant, bar, or a good ol’ nightclub.

Marrakech has shown me there are some absolutely amazing places here. So I’m going to list some of the must-see clubs, restaurants, and lounges (by neighborhood) you can’t miss while you’re in Marrakech.

Some of these places I go to all the time and some are my expat friends’ recommendations:

Where to go out in the Medina

It should be noted that in the medina there aren’t so many places to be able to enjoy a mixed drink or a bottle of wine. But here are some gems I’ve found so if you’re staying in this part of town and want to go out locally you can check out these places:

Kabana

This hot spot opened in the last few years and is a really great place to visit day or night. They have a full menu, regular live music, a great rooftop view and a full bar. It is extremely popular however so you’ll want to make sure you make a reservation, especially on the weekends.

Le Salama Restaurant and Lounge

This is actually my favorite restaurant and rooftop lounge in the Djemma El Fna area. The food menu is all Moroccan and though my favorite Moroccan food is made in homes, this place ranks pretty high in my book. Meals range from 150-350 dirhams. The ambiance has a romantic blend of traditional Moroccan riad décor and the look and feel of a jazz bar.

On the rooftop you can enjoy hookah and cocktails with their daily “Happy Hour” (which is more like regular prices since the special lasts all night) two for the price of one cocktails. So if you like mixed drinks then you can enjoy 2 strawberry mojitos for 150 dirhams while listening to their local DJ’s music mix and their belly dancer performances.

El Fenn

This hotel and restaurant is one of the more well-known places in the medina for a place to get a drink. They feature a full bar with mixed drinks and cocktails. They also have a snack and lunch or dinner menu. You don’t need reservations for the cocktail bar but there is limited space so if you’re coming with a group especially call ahead.

Dar Anika

This beautiful riad is located in Arset La Maach near the Mellah plaza. It’s a great location for a romantic nightcap or day drinking on their rooftop level. The staff is very friendly and if the owner is around he will pass by checking on his guests to make sure they feel attended to and are enjoying the space.

Kosy Bar

Kosy Bar is on the other side of the Mellah Plaza. It has a great rooftop patio that gives you a fantastic view of the Medina at sunset. It’s a bit pricier than other locations in the area but it’s still a great location for dinner and a bottle of wine.

Le Tanjia

A few doors down from Kosy Bar you can check out Le Tanjia. Beautiful décor and a great rooftop patio another location you enjoy dinner and fantastic views.

Café Clock

This is the Kasbah’s gem of restaurants. It plays a modern twist on traditional Moroccan cuisine like their famous camel burger. While they don’t serve alcohol here that doesn’t stop the place from having a great night scene. They regularly have Gnawa musicians performing and most people even up on their feet dancing and clapping by the end of it. Also they offer traditional Moroccan storytelling in English for visitors to learn more about local culture. Its young, fun, and a total Moroccan hipster’s place to chill.

Where to go out in Gueliz

Now let’s move to the new city, Gueliz, where you can forget you’re in Morocco and feel like you’re in Europe instead. This part of town definitely has a larger variety of bar, clubs, and lounges so if you’re a traveler that prefers to city lights and club hopping this part of town is for you.

Café du Livre

This is an ideal place to start or end your night. It’s a restaurant, bar, and library/bookstore all in one. You can enjoy American comfort foods like buffalo wings and burgers like their Rock n’ Roll burger with draft beers starting at 25 dirham.

On Mondays, you can participate in their trivia quiz night which brings in a large international crowd. During the week, they offer happy hour drink specials and on Friday & Saturdays they have live music performances. If you’re a sports fan, they also stream major sporting events.

Mama Afrika

If you want to have some sub-Saharan African flavors you need to come here. The décor is funky and the food is great if you want try something besides local cuisine. The scene is young with local musicians making it one of their favorite hang outs.

L’envers

This place is pretty new in Marrakech but between its well-priced drinks and tapas to the modern art you can purchase off the walls, it’s becoming a fast staple in the nightlife scene.

Pointbar

This lounge has a very French-Moroccan style and is a great location to share some drinks and tapas with friends.

Barometre

Another new location that just opened but also becoming quite popular is Barometre. The location has a dark, smoky feel but the design is modern. The cocktails are on the pricey side but they are generous in their drink sizes. Also, you have to try their burgers!

68 Bar a Vin

If the club is less your thing and you’re simply looking for a nice place to have a drink with friends over some good wine this is the place. Wine is by the glass and there is also food available. Smoking is allowed so this might be something you want to be aware of if you’re sensitive to smoke.

I saved the most expensive hotel clubs and a casino for last. The very posh neighborhood of Hivernage features some of the most glamorous and elegant hotels in the city.

Where to go out in Hivernage

Theatro

Theatro is a fantastic nightclub that has amazing performances with dancers, acrobats, and more every weekend. I’ve been there to see international and local DJs spin while Gnawa musicians come out on stage to create a crazy remix with their drums. But there is a price tag. Standard entrance is about 225 dirhams and a table with a bottle of your choice starts at 1000 dirham.

Es Saadi Casino & Epicurien

These two I’m going to put together as they are both in the same building next to Theatro which are all part of the Es Saadi Hotel grounds. If you like slots machines and gambling then you can check out the Casino and test your luck. If you prefer to skip the gambling, you can walk straight to the back and find this restaurant-by-day-nightclub-by-night. They have two in-house DJs and a live band that covers old and new hits in their own style.

La Perle Skybar

La Perle is a lovely rooftop bar with views of La Mamounia hotel. They have a live band that plays salsa music accompanied by dancers so if you want to get some Latin flavor in the city, this is the spot to check out.

SO Lounge

The SO Lounge is a part of the Sofitel hotel. They have food service as well as regularly scheduled live music – singers and bands. It is on the expensive end so if you’re on a budget perhaps opt for dinner elsewhere and come to the party later.

A final bit of advice. Many riads don’t offer alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own. You can always pop into a grocery store (like Carrefour) and purchase a bottle of whatever you’d like and enjoy on your riad rooftop. Chances are if they do serve alcohol they won’t be too open to you bringing in drinks. Not sure? Just ask!

I am rarely found in clubs or bars so I asked my friend Brenda to share her tips for where to go out in Marrakech. If you’re after clubs, bars or other popular spots for dancing and drinking – she’s sharing her favorites! If you’re looking for budget Marrakech nightlife options, you likely won’t find them, especially where alcohol is involved. Morocco isn’t a dry country and there is a heavy duty on alcohol, something to keep in mind as you compare costs. 

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Nancyclaire

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Hi Dear looking for an idea for birthday venue Someone mentioned comptoir Darna or Dar Yankout? Your thought or other recommendations for 30 people? Tku

Amanda Mouttaki

Thursday 7th of May 2020

I think right now it's hard to know what things will be like once Morocco opens back up. Also what kind of vibe/feel you'd like for your birthday celebration. Something more classy casual? Something over the top and flashy? Comptoir is more like a nightclub feel. Dar Yacout a bit more refined. There's of course dozens of others depending on budget and feel you'd like.

Sarah

Sunday 1st of March 2020

Hi there, when was this post created? Tust wondered how current the info is.

Thanks!

Amanda Mouttaki

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Hi Sarah - this was updated in mid-2019 as the last date.

Yai

Monday 4th of November 2019

I’m so happy that I found this !! I’m taking my boyfriend here for his birthday in January and had a hard time finding some nice places, thank you !!! Btw how do women dress in these clubs/restaurant/ lounge places ?

Amanda Mouttaki

Thursday 7th of November 2019

The same as they do in Europe or North America.

urbanshopping101

Thursday 7th of February 2019

Hi. I am heading to Morocco for 2 weeks in July. I am more interested in places to see live music/ concerts. No necessarily traditional or classic music but local or international urban/ pop artists. I am not looking to go to a bar as I don't drink. Not looking to dance either. So more Madison Square Gardens or smaller lounges vs night club vibe.

Amanda Mouttaki

Wednesday 13th of February 2019

I'm afraid I don't have a lot of advice on this as it's not something that I do a lot of. I'm sorry!

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