If you're looking for a great place to spend a romantic evening under the sunset, while away the warm Mediterranean afternoons or just kick back to have a cocktail in a trendy and vibrant area, Nice is the place to be. The nightlife here is off the charts, and the city is populated with some of the best rooftop bars around.

    The bars here are the heart and soul of French Riviera nightlife. Check out some of the most outstanding music, drinks, entertainment and fun at the best rooftop and terrace bars in Nice.

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    Movida

    Head for a seafront terrace in Old Town

    Movida is located just on the outskirts of Old Town and offers a gorgeous updated bar on a seafront terrace with exposed brick, vaulted ceilings, and great cocktails. For a French Riviera bar, Movida has a distinct Spanish vibe and bills itself as a bodega tapas bar.

    It's famed for its live salsa dance parties, which keep the vibe hopping every weekend. During the afternoons or even during the evenings to get away a bit, you can sit on one of 2 balconies and gaze out at the sea with a craft cocktail whipped up by an experienced bartender.

    Location: 37-39 Quai des États-Unis, 06300 Nice, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 80 48 04

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    La Terrasse at Le Meridien

    Catch the view from far above the streets

    La Terrasse at Le Méridien Nice offers one of the highest roof terraces along the Promenade des Anglais with panoramic Mediterranean views and a cosy, relaxed ambiance. From the terrace, you can look out over the endless sea or across the city's rooftops. It's more than just a bar, the terrace is also a trendy upscale dining area.

    The cuisine is a delightful fusion of traditional French cuisine along with Asian bowls and Italian offerings. Of course, the sparkling craft cocktails are the highlight of this restaurant located in the city centre and include everything from delicious martinis to daily special offerings created by the bartenders just for you.

    Location: 1 Prom. des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 97 03 40 37

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    Calade Rooftop at Radisson Blu

    Enjoy the pool bar and lounge, afternoon or evening

    Calade Rooftop at Radisson Blu is a newer addition to the Riviera, but its oceanside location minutes from the city centre and panoramic views have made it a local hit. You can spend the afternoon enjoying a cool cocktail and light lunch fare, or head here in the evenings for upscale Mediterranean seafood dishes.

    During the summer season, the pool bar and lounge open, serving wine, cocktails, and fresh juice cocktails. For hotel guests, you can enjoy the rooftop pool for swimming, lounging, and poolside drinks.

    Location: 223 Prom. des Anglais, 06200 Nice, France

    Open: Daily from noon to 2.30 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 97 17 72 79

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    Moon Bar at the Aston La Scala Hotel

    Catch panoramic views of the sea

    The Moon Bar at Aston La Scala offers astounding panoramic views of the city and sea, as well as a rooftop swimming pool, fine dining, and a great drink selection. You can enjoy Mediterranean classic cuisine with a carefully cultured selection of fine wines and original cocktails created by the bartenders. It's all located right in the heart of the city centre.

    Every evening between Thursday and Saturday you can enjoy live music from local and touring acts. You can also just head out to the terrace and look over the city, which glows brilliantly at night.

    Location: 12 Avenue Félix Faure, 06000 Nice, France

    Open: Daily from 10 pm to midnight

    Phone: +33 (0)4 92 17 53 00

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    Farago on the Roof

    Kick back in modern décor and a relaxed vibe

    Farago on the Roof is the rooftop bar of AC Hotel by Marriott Nice. It's a magical terrace bar that's been completely renovated with 360-degree views of the city and Mediterranean with natural, modern décor. This is a trendy bar located about 12 minutes south of the city centre. The roof's natural atmosphere delivers comfortable lounge-like seating and a focus on tapas-style social food.

    When it comes to drinks, this is a gin lover’s paradise, with its gin bar offering a range of different gin varieties and mixed cocktails. It's a vibrant, hip hot spot in the summer months with a relaxed vibe and a festive, lively atmosphere.

    Location: Rooftop de l'AC Hotel by Marriott Nice, Rue Honoré Sauvan, Entrée, 59 Prom. des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 97 74 41

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    La Terrasse du Plaza at Boscolo Hotel

    Try some outstanding aperitifs

    Part of the Boscolo Hotel, La Terrasse du Plaza offers panoramic views of the city and a great view over the Bay of Angels and is known for its selection of aperitif pre-dinner drinks. The food is of the tapas platter variety, and the drinks are refreshing and cool.

    This is definitely an upscale establishment, with an elegant dress code, but comes with a relaxed atmosphere. From here you can see luxury boutique shops, the Albert 1er gardens, and the Acropolis Palace, among other landmarks. Live DJ nights are on tap every Tuesday and Thursday for great musical entertainment.

    Location: 12 Avenue de Verdun, 06000 Nice, France

    Phone: 43.6967997, 7.2659707

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    Waka Bar

    Try some family-style fish and chips

    Waka Bar is a unique terrace bar with a focus on casual family-style dining with hamburgers and fish & chips and a strong selection of beer, wine, and spritz. They're also known for their fantastic coffee. Outdoors, you get a great view of the beach and ocean, and the entire restaurant has a laid-back, pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.

    The staff are pleasant and friendly, and it's overall a great place to sit and relax after a day of adventuring. It's about 10 minutes south of the city centre right on the beach.

    Location: 57 Quai des États-Unis, 06300 Nice, France

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 2 am

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 87 94 61

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    Le Plongeoir

    Visit an iconic location in an unusual setting

    Le Plongeoir occupies an iconic location along a famed pillar of rock in an unusual setting that's deep with rich history, a friendly atmosphere and casual cuisine. The food is prepared with fresh, seasonal locally sourced produce and with a Mediterranean focus. Occasional events and live entertainment are on offer.

    It's built on the seashore atop a 19th-century fishing vessel on the site of a former beach restaurant and still seeks to preserve that history. Le Plongeoir bar and restaurant is located just minutes south of the city centre.

    Location: 60 Boulevard Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice, France

    Open: Daily from noon to 2.30 pm and 6.30 to 8.45 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 26 53 02

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    Le Hussard

    Enjoy a peaceful escape from the crowds below

    Le Hussard is a relaxed, serene and peaceful escape from the crowds along Cours Saleya, with a French countryside meets modern contemporary vibe, great views and delicious food. The interior design is all marble and glass, offset by wrought-iron railings and doors. The patio offers casual, relaxed drinking and dining.

    From the balcony, you can see the Nice Opera House in all its unique splendour and nightly live DJs spin the latest ambient music for a chill and relaxing vibe. It's just about 15 minutes south of the city centre and about a block from the seashore.

    Location: 3 Rue Saint-François de Paule, 06300 Nice, France

    Phone: +33 (0)6 05 05 23 23

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    Skylounge in Hotel Mercure

    Enjoy trendy and modern lounge vibes

    Skylounge Nice Bar & Rooftop is in the Hotel Mercure and offers modern, trendy lounge vibes in the heart of the city centre with a gorgeous outdoor terrace. Inside, you'll find plush, comfy furnishings of the bar and lounge variety, with an upper-level rooftop pool and sunbeds. From here you can get breath-taking views over the rooftops of Nice and the Notre Dame Basilica.

    When it comes to drinks, the signature cocktails are handcrafted and refreshing, and they also offer a gourmet selection of wines, plus charcuterie plates and bar bites for food. Day or night, it's a great place to relax.

    Location: 28 Avenue Notre Dame, 06000 Nice, France

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 13 36 35

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