The Best Nightlife Activities in Morocco by Eldrid Yarte
For many people, Morocco is the gateway to Africa, and it’s a fantastic introduction to this spellbinding continent. The dizzying heights of the Atlas Mountains, ancient cities packed with Moorish architecture and bustling souks, and the kindness and warmth of local hospitality are just a few of the reasons to plan your next holiday here. And that’s just during the day!
In this article we’ll take a look at some of the best things to do at night in Morocco. Hopefully, it’ll help you to plan your evenings in the gem of North Africa and you’ll see a different side to Moroccan culture!
Nightlife in Morocco
Nightlife in Morocco might not be what you expected, especially if you’ve come from mainland Europe or the USA. However, one of the main attractions is the diversity. The main religion in Morocco is Islam, so although there are clubs and bars, you can expect other nighttime activities that don’t involve alcohol. For example, all over the country you’ll find folklore shows. These usually consist of a meal, peppermint tea, and live music. If that doesn’t sound up your street, try a cabaret. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy a beer while watching belly dancing.
Let’s check out the most popular nightlife in Morocco’s main cities!
There’s nowhere better to start when it comes to nightlife in Morocco than Marrakech. It’s not all bars and clubs though! Check out Jemaa el-Fna, the city’s main square. The souk is open until late, so you can pick up some souvenirs or enjoy some traditional street food after dark. There’s a real carnival atmosphere, so shop and eat while you take in live music, acrobats, and street performers.
As Marrakech is one of the most popular tourist hotspots in Morocco, you’ll find plenty here for all types of traveller. Want to enjoy a city wine bar? There are a few cool options to pick from! Or perhaps a cocktail on the roof of a Riad at sunset? Try that at Kosybar.
To round off the night and keep going to the next morning, you can’t miss Pacha. It may not be as wild as its Ibizan counterpart, but it’s one of the most popular nightspots in Marrakech. And that’s partly due to its 3,000-person capacity! There’s a pool bar and it regularly hosts famous DJs. Come here to dance the night (and morning) away!
Marrakech will really keep you occupied for days on end in your vacation in Morocco. Airbnbs in Marrakech has got our backs here so affordable accommodations isn’t a problem in your travel.
Glamourous Casablanca undoubtedly has a bit of a Western feel to it. It’s one of Morocco’s biggest tourist draws, largely due to the 1942 film of the same name. The nightlife is like the architecture – sophisticated!
La Corniche is part of the Ain Diab neighbourhood and not only one of the trendiest districts in Casablanca, but the whole of Morocco. It’s home to a host of Atlantic beach clubs, cocktail bars, and terraced restaurants which serve great food. Look out for Brooklyn bar, which serves some of the best cocktails in town. When it comes to clubs, they’re few and far between, but if you want a late night, head to the Hyatt Hotel. Inside, you’ll find Black House, a favourite of locals and tourists alike.
Atop the Kenzi Tower Hotel, you’ll find this cool place which definitely gives the best view of Casablanca! It’s a different type of cool to the Corniche area. Here, those panoramic views are accompanied by laid back jazz music and a relaxed atmosphere.
Rabat is the capital of Morocco and the 4th largest city. There’s a bit of international influence in Rabat and you can certainly see that when you head out for the evening, after a day of exploring the city’s cultural attractions and monuments!
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The SO Lounge is the place to go if you haven’t decided what you want from your night out. It’s split into 4 parts – a nightclub, a bar, a chillout zone with comfy sofas, and an international restaurant. Try each different part to work out where you like best!
After you’ve tried everything at SO Lounge, head to Amnésia. It’s often up for the title of the best club in Morocco. It’s not hard to see why – it’s got room for 1,000 people, a beautiful design, and it plays the best of African and Western music!
Agadir is one of the hottest spots to party in Morocco, offering laid back bars and vibrant clubs. Want to experience a real Moroccan watering hole? Look no further than the bars around the avenue Oued Souss or Boulevard 20 Aout, the coolest streets in town to find Moroccan bars where you can alternate between cushioned seating areas and perfectly lit dancefloors.
Most bars close at 1, so you’ll have to switch to a club. You’ll be pleased to know that entry to clubs in Agadir is quite cheap, and in some cases it’s free! So, you’ll have more money to spend on cocktails and beer!
Widely regarded as the cultural capital of Morocco, Fes is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Medieval architecture is just part of the reason the atmosphere here is so magical! When you travel to Fes, you’ll want to make sure that before you even think of bars and clubs, you try a restaurant. A number of outdoor restaurants across town provide excellent views of the city, delicious and authentic Moroccan food, and an unforgettable opportunity to watch the sunset, if you go at the right time!
Riad Fes is the hottest spot in the Medina to go after you’ve finished your meal. The Alcazar architecture and stucco pillars make you feel you’re in an opulent Moroccan palace!
Now you know where to go to get the best out of Morocco’s nightlife…
You’ll probably be planning your trip to the most hospitable country in North Africa. Should you need any assistance when it comes to planning your Morocco trip, there’s everything you could ever need to know and quite a bit more on Bewildered in Morocco. Check it out for travel tips, hotel and restaurant recommendations, and hiking guides. Whether you’re a tourist, traveller, or relocating permanently, it’ll be your essential compendium to life in Morocco!